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All Things New

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,402 ratings  ·  326 reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2012)
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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
"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
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
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
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
The Old Mother Hen
The writing style appealed to me and I was drawn to the characters from the onset, but this book really is nothing more than the same old 'I am a post civil war survivor. Look at me grow and survive.' That bit is really just played out with me.
Audra Spiven
I read this book because this author was recommended to me by a coworker I respect.

I was incredibly disappointed. Christian fiction usually disappoints me, but based on the claims of my coworker, I thought this one wouldn't be AS bad as all the others.

Well, it wasn't. It was worse.

One night while I was slogging through this mess of a book, trying desperately to get to the end of the torture, my husband asked me, "Why are you even trying to finish if you dislike it that much?"

Great question. The
“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
Ginger Price
Reconstruction, in the eyes of 3 women

It's the end of the Civil War, and Josephine, her now widowed Mother, Eugenia, and her sister return to their plantation in Virginia. But life is different now. Many of the women are now widowed. But the biggest change in the South is that the slaves who made life on the plantation so easy were now "free"....but where would they go & how could they survive without no education or experience outside the direction of their Master? Lizzie and her husband Ot
Jamie Belmudes

The war has ended and the south is in poverty. Josephine is realizing that with the slaves free their world won't be the same again. Her mother Eugenia, however is in full on denial. She thinks that she can still have White Oak ran the way it did before the war.

Eugenia was probably the most annoying character I have ran across this year. She irritates me all the way through the book until the last three chapters or so. She has to hear so hard truth about her son and his best friend t
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 07, 2015 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This one started out pretty slow for me -- maybe it's been awhile since I've read Lynn Austin, or maybe it's because I did this on audio so I couldn't skim, but the way every piece of dialogue had to be hashed out and over-explained felt so cumbersome. That and I think Gone With the Wind had spoiled me for any books on the Reconstruction.

Still, by the end of the book I was really enjoying the storyline. Not a life-changing read but a satisfying one. Lynn Austin is my favorite author for Christi


I especially enjoyed the three perspectives portrayed in this book about the lives of a Southern widow, her open minded daughter, and a freed slave. It clearly depicted how no-one wins after war and how we all must reflect and make important changes in our lives. I could not put this book down and I loved how the character struggled with their faith in such a hard time in their life but ultimately believed. Can't wait to read another book by Lynn Austin.
I enjoyed this book. It was a good summer read. Having been to Georgia recently and visited a Civil War fort and some other sites, it was interesting to see the Reconstruction through different viewpoints. Though it was fiction, I appreciated the perspectives of various characters on what the end of the war meant to them. So many things that had been assumed about society and life in general for them were now either completely gone or called into question - as with all of us, change was harder f ...more
This book takes place in the South as the Civil War ended. It follows 3 main women, and their families. There is the mother and lady of a former grand house and plantation, who wants to put her world back to how it was before the war began, and her struggle with the reality of life after the South lost the war. Then there is her daughter, who readily accepts that they must all change and adjust to a new way of life in order to heal, repair, and move on after the war. Unfortunately, she is seen m ...more
I wished I could have enjoyed this novel more than I did. At times it showed a lot of strengths but at other times it was so weak. The plot and characters really needed more thought and development, and this could have been a good novel. As it was, it was inconsistent and much did not make sense. She TELLS us how strong and smart the mother is and then proceeds to SHOW us a total dipstick without reality contact. Sorry, but lack of reality contact is really not a survival mechanism! Stubborn, ar ...more
This book went from good to better to amazing! While many books cover the buildup to the Civil War and the years it was fought, few of them dwell on its aftermath, especially in the South, and especially from a white southerner's view. Perhaps that's because it's too depressing, and believe me, I'm not one for depressing books! Indeed I don't believe I could have finished the book if there was no progress made in these character's lives. But thanks to Lynn Austin's lovely writing style, plotting ...more
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Christian Fiction...: * November/December Group Read #1 1 23 Nov 04, 2012 09:52PM  
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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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