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Fire by Night (Refiner's Fire #2)

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One deceived by a life of wealth and ease, the other desperate to flee her true identity. In a land shattered by war, unlikely heroes test the limits of their strength and discover that love has a meaning far beyond their imagination.
Paperback, 429 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Tweety
Mar 20, 2015 Tweety rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Civil War fans
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas


Before I begin let met just say that : #1 I don't usually like books that have two heroines and two heros, I feel that it's some how cheating and that each couple should have their own book. #2 I detest spoiled brats. #3 I hate it when a character I like dies. But you see I still gave this five! And that is because this is the best book I've ever read with more than one main story line in it that clocks in a 473 pages. HOW did she do it? Readers, I don't know.

But I do know that she did a wonder
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Anne
You know a book is wonderfully good when you still think about it weeks after you've finished, when you're still lost in its world long after reading the last page, and when the characters still cling to you as though they were your best friends. Fire by Night is just such a book. I became so lost in it I was able to read it anywhere, regardless of my surroundings. Everything else was forgotten as I plunged wholeheartedly in this wonderful, intense and passionate story of courage, selflessness, ...more
Robin
I loved this series - 3 books taking place in the Civil War time. I learned SO MUCH of what led up to the secession and ultimately the war, from the citizen's viewpoint.
First book, Candle in the Darkness, had a young woman growing up on a plantation surrounded by slaves, yet she just couldn't understand why the members of her family (and everyone) thought of them as property and not human beings. It shows the Southerner's point of view. You don't end up condoning slavery obviously, but you see
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Camille
I truly loved this whole trilogy. My book club started with the third book in the series, and I loved it so much that I HAD to read the other two. Each one is set during the civil war and each story is told from different view points during parallel times. One time we read about a slave owner and her slaves. Another book covers a slave owner who is sympathetic to the slaves and helps them. And the third book covers a young girl who serves in the war. All the characters cross over with each other ...more
Salyna
Do you ever read a book that is sooo... good that you just have to prolong it and take your time with it? And do you ever ONLY read the book at a certain time of day at your favorite reading place so you can hopefully get even more into it? NO? *Shrug* Maybe it's just me, but this one was THAT good.
I am loving the Refiner's Fire series. It is great! The descriptions are tremendous and the characters seem so REAL. I feel like I am actually standing there in the story, kind a like I'm a by stander
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Andrea
3.5 stars.

Lynn Austin is the author of one of my favorite books, A Proper Pursuit , so I am always happy to read more of her work. She does an excellent job writing historical fiction. I loved the enlightenment I gained about the Civil War through reading Fire by Night. Right off, readers join the spectators at the battle of Bull Run. I can't imagine having a desire to witness war like it was a form of entertainment, but it really happened!

The characters were excellent, especially their transfo
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Christy
This book might have been a little long for me. I think the story could have been told in half the pages. I just got tired of reading it.
Brandi
(*SPOILER ALERT!!!*)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
She killed Ted!! How can she kill Ted?! How in this world can she be so cruel!? (I'm crying.)
Okay. Deep breaths. I guess I better start at the beginning.
I couldn't wait to read this book because the first was so good. So I picked up the book and started reading. I immediately loved it. Lynn Austin once again dragged me into the beautiful story. Even though I'm very angry at her for killing off Ted, it was a great book.
Julia is a wonderful woman. She'
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Kathryn
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rjp316
Another good book by Lynn Austin – this book about two women (one rich the other poor) who live during the Civil War and side with the Northern side. I liked the fact that this book used a few of the same characters from the first book in the series, Candle in the Darkness, but also introduced new characters, new battles and took place at a slightly different time during the civil war. I really liked the major themes in this book: loving yourself as you are because Christ does, serving for other ...more
Louise
Lynn Austin continues to be one of my most favourite authors. Her novels are well written with such depth, and the characters are always developed well. The story lines are memorable, the message in each novel leave us important lessons but are not written in an outward, awkward, fire and brimstone way.

This is a beautiful story set during the first world war. Julia Hoffman, the daughter of a Judge, lives an extraordinary life in a mansion with maids and dressers at her beck and call. Julia despe
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Diane U
Julia Hoffman comes from a very wealthy family in Philadelphia in the 1860's. In order to win the heart of the local minister, Nathaniel Greene, she decides to change her life and give up all the daily luxuries of her life to become a nurse during the Civil War. There are many challenges that she faces as a single and beautiful woman that she must lie about herself to do what she wants to do.

Phoebe "Ike" Bigelow is a real tomboy who lives with her three older brothers. Both her parents have pass
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Kasi Lou
Book 2 of Refiner’s Fire. The drama of the Civil War unfolds through the eyes of two very different Northern girls. Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do family, but when she fails to attract the attention of Rev. Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she determines to bring meaning to her empty and shallow existence. When she becomes a Union nurse, her eyes are opened to the realities of war and suffering. She also meets Phoebe, who has entered the army ...more
Angie
Jun 15, 2010 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angie by: Book Club-May-Jaymi
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I have read the first 70 pages of this and liked it pretty good even though I was prepred to not like it. I had to give it to someone else to read, so I hope to pick up another copy soon and finish the story.

Ok--So I got the book from the library and finished it this morning. I really did like the book and was glad that it ended well. The author did a good job of mixing the fiction with biblical and christian references. They did not feel forced, but a natural part of the story. I liked the part
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~larissa Renea~
Feb 18, 2009 ~larissa Renea~ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women
One of my favorite books! I've read it 3 or 4 times now. It is a mixture of historical fiction and Christian Romance set in the time of the Civil War. Two stories happen side by side and eventually intertwine. One young lady is from a very well to do family and is in love with a pastor. She is trying to win his affection when she hears him say that she is very self-conceited and can't do anything for herself. She decides to prove him wrong by becoming a nurse. The other story is about a girl wh ...more
Sheryl
This is by the same author as Wonderland Creek. This one takes place during the Civil War. Although pretty much fiction I think she did a good job of portraying the horrors of that war and the needless slaughter of so many men. I enjoy her historical fiction books.
Jeannette Garcia
Wow. This book really hit home for me. I loved the first book because of the fight against slavery, but I related so much more with the characters in this book. For me, this was all about doing something just to please the people around you. This is where I've always found myself in all my relationships with my family and friends. But what I love so much about this book is that Julia and Phoebe found their true calling in the process, which is exactly what happened to me. I really like the secon ...more
Annika Paxman
I didn't think I would enjoy this story as much as I did. Fire by Night is the moving story of two different women from different backgrounds during the Civil War. One is a wealthy socialite who wants to find meaning in her life aside from tea parties and dinner parties. The other, a strong tom-boy with no parents and her brothers gone off to war, she decides to disguise herself as a man and join the army. This was a moving story depicting the horror of war and terrible loss of life, but also of ...more
Andrea
I had about two seconds to pick a book off of my mom's bookshelf before I had to go and this is the one I picked. I ended up liking it more than I initially thought I would. I thought the love story was very sweet and it unexpectedly sucked me in. I probably won't read any more of her books though. These Christian authors drive me insane. The way the characters talk about God and religion is so over-the-top and just too cheesy for me. It really gets in the way of the story and I find myself roll ...more
Alicia Stringam
After I finished the first book, I thought "Wow, that was amazing! The second one is probably not as good." I couldn't have been more wrong.

This book was unlike any book I have ever read! It is wonderfully organized and beautifully written with such emotionally deep moments that you wish you could be apart of it. Each character is unique, yet somehow they complete eachother and their roles. They all have a very significant role.

I love it when settings change in a book! It gives it relief, change
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Brittany Lawing
Julia Hoffman and Phoebe Bigelow lived in totally different worlds, one rich and spoiled and the other an orphan, but when the Civil War imposed on their lives they joined the common cause. After learning that others (Nathaniel Greene specifically) think of her as shallow, Julia Hoffman turned her life around in order to give more charity. It ultimately led her to the goal of becoming a battlefield nurse where she felt she was fulfilling her calling while proving to Mr Greene that she isn't shal ...more
Kara Prem
This book has 2 main characters, Julia Hoffman and Phoebe "Ike" Bigelow. In book one of the series, we met Caroline Fletcher, who lived in Richmond, VA and experienced the Civil War from the confederate side. Caroline's cousin Julia lives in Philadelphia, and is privileged, beautiful and shallow. Her main focus is to find a husband, and she is determined to win Reverend Nathaniel Greene's attention.

After watching a battle (with other society member, not because she was caught in it), Julia panic
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Elizabeth S
I didn't like the first book in the series that well but this one is outstanding. Austin can be absolutely awesome and this is one of her best books. Her descriptions of war are realistic. The characters are well drawn and largely avoid types.
Julia Hoffman reminds me of Rilla Blythe in Rilla of Ingleside. She is spoiled, rich and beautiful. Like Rilla, Julia's life is changed by war and she rises to the occasion in an outstanding way.
Dr. McGrath is a character you hate at first. He is rude and
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Victoria
3.5 stars!
This book being the sequel to Candle in the Darkness (which I gave 5 stars to) didn't exactly meet the expectations I had. I loved the first book so very dearly (it made me cry, this one didn't), but this one, instead of focusing on the slavery during the Civil War period as the first one did, focused more on two different women and how they helped the Union army. I guess because I know the first and third books are about slavery (and I'm an abolitionist for Justice-network.org), I was
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Poli
I must confess I liked the first book of the series best so far, but since I don't think that just 3* is a fair rate to a book where the characters are constantly evolving, I must still give it 4*.
I don't think it had anything to do with the way the story is written (although Phoebe's drilling exercises made me as impatient as she was for some action) in fact, the main characters are very compelling, even if I can't stand Nathaniel ever since he used Catherine's words as his own on the first bo
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Elizabeth
OMGosh, I can't say enough about Lynn Austin and her books. I read the first book of Refiners Fire and was blown away. I thought it couldn't get any better. But Fire by Night was just as good, even better. It had me crying at parts and laughing at others. Lynn Austin wonderful portrayal of God's love was amazing. Highly recommended, out of five stars it's a ten!
Chris
Once I got half-way thru, I couldn't put it down. What interesting characters! To live a life of meaning and have meaning for others. To be able to put yourself in a situation and be open to learning so much. The hardship and lifestyles of the time really showed the true character of individuals if those individuals were willing to explore and listen.
Stephanie
This is Lynn Austin at her best. Lynn Austin is my favorite author. Fire by Night was the first Lynn Austin book that I read, and also the book that got me interested in Historical Fiction. I have read this book 3 times in the last 5 years, and every time, I have a hard time putting the book down. It is definitely one of my favorites.
Rjeanne
The transformation that takes place in the main characters is pleasantly, truly believable. Their emotions palpable. I loved "Candle in the Darkness." While this is a second book in a series, it is quite engaging as a stand alone story line. Again, well done Lynn Austin!!
Jackie
I typically do not like books centered around the Civil War, but I figured I'd give this one a go. I'm glad I did. The war scenes were brutal and hard to read sometimes, but the character of Julia helped redeem these scenes. Julia is essentially a spoiled, rich kid who only thinks she's doing something worth while until her ideas are challenged and she sees herself as she really is. Her role as a nurse and the transformation of her character over the time of the war is what makes this book good ...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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Refiner's Fire (3 books)
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  • A Light to My Path (Refiner's Fire, #3)
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“Until Gettysburg," she continued, "I was working for the wrong reasons. At first it was to prove myself worthy in someone's eyes. Later it was out of guilt, trying to find atonement in God's eyes. But atonement is free, never earned. And I've learned that the only person I need to please with my life is God.” 11 likes
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