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New Historical Novel from 7-Time Christy Award Winner!

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to their Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of life after the war cannot be denied: their home and land are but shells of their previous grandeur; death has claimed he...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Naomi
"All Things New" by Lynn Austin is set in post-Civil War-era Virginia and focuses on the months immediately following the end of the war. The Confederacy has just lost the war, the citizens are facing poverty and attempting to pick up the pieces of shattered lives, and deep prejudices continue to come to light.

Josephine Weatherly lost her father and one older brother in the war. Her family may lose their plantation as well with limited resources and no real ability to bring in a cotton crop. Jos...more
Sherri Smith
This is my first time reading anything by Lynn Austin, although friends have told me she is a good writer. I acknowledge that the story was well written with a good plot. It isn’t your typical romantic love story, because it was almost as though you were there living the experience through the character(s). For me there were two main characters in the book, the mom and the daughter Josephine. You were introduced the brother and other sister, but even though I see where they played their rolls, t...more
Nise'
Sometimes I hesitate to read Christian Fiction about a subject that I knowcan be filled with bitterness, hatred, rage, betrayal and pain as I wonder if it will be "sugar coated" to meet certain CF requirements. No hesitation was needed with this book as the author dealt withit all honestly. I appreciated thatit did not end all neatlytied up, I was left wondering what decision the characters eventually made. The story istold in the voices of three women, Eugenia, a Southern lady, her daughter, Jo...more
Wanda
This book will truly take you back in time - the Reconstruction Era - a time to bring an end to the vicious cycle of hatred and violence and give everyone a new start. It is the story of three beautifully portrayed women, Josephine, Eugenia, and Lizzie who are all caught up in this story of survival on a Virginia plantation after the civil war.

The endearing character of Josephine, the daughter of the Weatherly family, will capture your heart - a remarkable woman who along with the servants work...more
IrenesChristianReviews
This author reminds me of Eugenia Price and her many books about the South. This particular book takes place after the Civil War has ended and the main character, Josephine returns to her home in Virginia. This story is very long and detailed but still worth spending your time reading.

I gave this book 5/5 stars. There was so much detail and description in the story that I was really able to picture what the characters were seeing and the circumstances they were dealing with. I loved the conversa...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: All Things New
Author: Lynn Austin
Pages: 426
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bethany
Historical novels are some of the most interesting stories to read, especially if any part or character in the book resembles, however loosely, someone who may have actually lived. Novels can even be based on historical facts, settings, circumstances, and other information. Perhaps authors make history so entertaining and captivating because they are making the past come alive for us more through imagination. Do you...more
Theresa
“All Things New” is definitely worth a read for those who love historical fiction. The lives of the characters portrayed will pull the reader into the aftermath of the Civil War, wondering how those especially in the Southern states, survived through so much suffering, only to be adjusting to a whole new way of life.

Eugenia, an older woman raised with Southern traditions and beliefs, is having a very hard time adjusting to the changes and losses in her life. The slaves she and her husband had ‘o...more
Jane
New Historical Novel from 7-Time Christy Award Winner!

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to their Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of life after the war cannot be denied: their home and land are but shells of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken. The privileged childhood Joseph...more
Laura
From author Lynn Austin comes All Things New and this one is a keeper!

In this story our heroine is Josephine Weatherly who struggles to pick up the pieces of her life after the South loses the war. Returning to her plantation in Virginia she finds that her home and her land are only a shell of what they once were. Death has claimed her father and brother, but one remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home broken and bitter.

Josephine seems to be the only one in her family who understands that t...more
Cheryl
I was drawn in by the first pages of this book, so I checked it out from the library. The plot was kind of interesting--relationships in families and between freed slaves and their former owners right after the Civil War have a lot of built-in drama. As the story unfolded, though, I just couldn't stick with it. The "good" characters were so very very predictably squeaky clean that it all seemed pointless by the end. I wanted to root for the developing relationship between Alexander and Josephine...more
Cafelilybookreviews
Each time I read a book by Lynn Austin, it is easy to see why she has been nominated so many times (and won!) the Christy Award.

Lynn is one of my favorite authors and is one of the best writers of historical fiction that I have personally found. All Things New is about families trying to rebuild after the Civil War, and adjusting to the hardships and aftermath of the war. I loved the blend of characters in this book, and found them completely believable.

Josephine Weatherly, continually vexes he...more
Jamie
(I received a free copy from Bethany House Publishers to review)

I wonder if Lynn Austin can write anything that’s bad. Seriously, because I don’t think it’s possible. With All Things New, Austin once again writes an engaging and compelling story about the aftermath of the Civil War in the South.

Austin’s development of the characters is rich, as each struggles with change suddenly thrust upon in the aftermath and realities of the South losing the war. Not only dealing with the physical loss and p...more
CJ
There were moments when I really liked this book, but unfortunately, they were few and far between. Overall, I just didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other books of Austin's.

It was pedantic--both in its Southern Cultural History lessons and its Spiritual Truths (unlike other books of hers, I felt like there may as well have been headings announcing the start of both). It annoyed me that the characters were constantly lecturing one another. And I don't know many romances that start out with...more
Robin Velasquez
Each chapter focuses on one of three women-a mother, her daughter, and one of their servants-which I liked. It was easy to follow and gave a deeper understanding to the characters in the story. Each of these women go through different things but one they share is losing faith in God.

The hidden, or not so hidden, truth in this story is that of despair and what it can do to you if you give in to it. After losing everything but their land and their homes during the Civil War, the people in the Sout...more
Casey
In a time when it’s more popular to write a novel about the lives of Antebellum plantations during the Civil War, “All Things New” begins at the end of the war and continues into the late months of that same year.

I will admit to wondering what the “point” of the novel was going to be in the first couple of chapters, but once I read past the preliminary set up, I was taken into a world completely far from my own. It’s a devastated South with plantations families that have been destroyed, their l...more
Elizabeth Dyck
Having read just one or two of Lynn Austin’s works, I didn’t know if I really wanted to read this one either. But I’m glad I did. You can never judge an author just by reading one of their books, I believe.

I believe Lynn really brought out the real life of women, privileged women and slaves, during and after the civil war in 1865. I got so swept up into the book, I could hardly put it down.

Josephine is just a young girl when the war between the north and south starts. She gets thrust into early...more
Barbara
This book did an excellent job putting the reader in the middle of reconstruction in the South after the civil war, and I loved how Lynn Austin enabled you to experience the time period through the point of view of freed slaves, a plantation widow, a more modern thinking daughter, a more traditional southern belle, a wounded Confederate soldier, a son who has returned home from war and wants to get revenge for what has taken place, a Yankee man who tries to make it his mission to improve the liv...more
Mary
Another great historical fiction by Lynn Austin. The
story moves along and the characters are so real and
well developed. Not a dull chapter in the book. It
covers the era after the Civil War. The slaves have
been freed,but not without problems. The white plantation
owners refuse to accept the free blacks as servants instead
of slaves. The abuse continues.

A young Quaker Yankee comes to the South as a worker
of the Freeman Bureau. He is hated by the whites and
respected by the free slaves. He helps esta...more
Lindsay
This book I loved. I was so into the book. It surely talks about what life was like once the Civil War ended. The North won. It tell about the south trying to get life back to normal and how they wanted the way it was. This book show you of how some slaves were treated during this time.

It tell a story about slave were once they were treated. There another story though as well but it I do not want to give way much. If you enjoy Historical fiction or Histoy of America this is really a good book to...more
Joyce
I have read several historical fiction novels by Lynn Austin and given all of them either a 4 or 5 star rating. This one is definitely a 5 star level. All Things New by Lynn Austin is a Christian historical fiction set in Virginia at the end of the Civil War. It tells the story the struggle of a family re-adjusting to all the changes in their life after the Civil War. The mother, Eugenia, grieves the loss of her husband and a son who died during the war. She also clings to her former attitudes t...more
Marilyn
A historical fiction novel. This book is the first one that I have read about the reconstruction time after the Civil War. It caused me to reflect on how difficult a time it must have been. White Southern Belles, black slaves, men never coming home, what a hard time for the South. Of course, the war had been horrific, but now even more change. The only negative for me is whenever Christian authors preach a little too much for me.
Lanita
I very much enjoyed this book. I've about read my fill of Civil War/Reconstruction stories (starting with GWTW) but read this because it's our book club selection for this month.

I am always dismayed at man's inhumanity to man as shown in my beloved South. The book realistically portrays many of the injustices of that time, from the rape and pregnancy of a young black slave to the arrogance of the Southern women who believed African-Americans were born to serve them. What I loved most about the...more
Susan
Not a bad read. A little history, a little romance. The slave characters are more well written than the white ones. The story takes place at the end of the Civil War as Reconstruction is beginning in the South. There is some drama along the way, but of course, everyone lives happily ever after when the plantation owners see the errors of their ways. Not enough history for me.
Mardy
This was a great book about the immediate after-effects of the war in the south, specifically as it related to the former slaves and plantation owners. Colorful characters very meaningful messages about the power of prayer. I didn't realize it was a Christian Genre book when I picked it out (that seems to happen a lot to me) and it did have a lot of references to God.
Katharine
It was a fine story, but I didn't care for it. Everything from the plot to the characters (and even the title) seemed too simplistic and predictable, despite both the historical setting and some of the content. I probably should have checked the genre before I picked it up, but I was excited at the prospect of a Reconstruction period novel. I couldn't get into it.
Sara
I enjoyed that this book was set during the post-Civil War period, as it's not as popular as the antebellum period. I really did like this book, but the way it wrapped up so quickly and nicely at the end was not very believable. The characters were well-developed and I did enjoy reading their story.
Jenn
Loved this book! I love historical fiction and this was so interesting to me. This may be only the second book I've read about the civil war and my interests are peaked. I like how Lynn Austin incorporates spiritual aspects into her characters. It's wonderful to read uplifting, clean material!
Nessy96
I LOVE Lynn Austin Book's!!!
She has way of showing us that God does (every thing) for a (purpose)
so that EVERY thing works out perfect in the end.
Because HE see's the BIG picture,we can only see a little bit at a time. :)
MaryLynn
This wasn't a bad book, I just didn't love it. Possibly because I read it while I had a bad cold, and I also read it on my Nook. E-readers are nice, but I dearly love holding a book in my hands and turning the pages.
Stacia
This would really be more 4.5 stars, however, I bumped it up to 5 stars for several reasons. There are tons of books that take place during the Civil War, but this is the first I've read that takes place during the aftermath. And while Josephine is kind and loving to the freed slaves, her family members (who claim to be Christians) are not. This is very uncommon in Christian fiction but is probably much more real. It also made me think a lot about that time period. When we learn about history we...more
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later...more
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