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Fire by Night (Refiner's Fire #2)

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  5,764 Ratings  ·  398 Reviews
Encounter the Civil War through the eyes of two very different Northern girls in this moving, Christy-award-winning novel.
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Published November 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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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
Jun 18, 2013 Tweety rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Naomi Sarah

THIS BOOK IS SIMPLY. JUST. AMAZING. I... I - can't even. No really, and I'm not exaggerating. I do NOT know HOW to start this review (and I already know I won't do it justice, ha.) I'M SERIOUS. It's insaaaane how good this #2 of the Refiner's Fire Trilogy is. I mean, I loooove book 1 and 3, BUT BOOK TWO. OH MY WORD. BOOK TWO REALLY JUST KICKS THE BUCKET. (You get where I'm going to, right?)

Basically: This book made me cry and go 'gahhh' and smile and cringe (the kind of cringe that comes
I'll try to write an actual review of this book sometime... For now, though, suffice it to say that this is at least my 4th time through this book and I'm still enjoying it! :)
Okay, so I know I am one of the few that dislikes this book. I will say I enjoyed this book in general a lot more than the first one. The story drew me; the battles, nursing, etc. was all very interesting. The whole thing with Phoebe was fascinating, although a little awkward at times, and didn't seem to go with Julia's POV. But to be honest, I like Phoebe's story a lot more than Julia's!

*spoilers below*

First reason for the dislike:
The whole deal with Julia lying about being married. I get that
Jun 30, 2011 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

Buddy read with Aerykah :)
May 11, 2013 Salyna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2014 Christy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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.
Amber Schamel
Aug 13, 2013 Amber Schamel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this series. They are great stories.
Jan 13, 2017 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweeping Civil War romance/drama.
I'll never stop loveing these books
Right away this Civil War fiction novel pulled me into the lives of the main characters. How clever to contrast two such vastly different women; the spoiled debutante, Julia Hoffman, and the tough tomboy-turned-soldier, Phoebe.

I kept thinking that the author wouldn’t be able to pull this one off. Who could believe a woman could serve in the US Army during the Civil War? I knew that that there were some indeed that did... but I questioned whether an author of historical fiction could realisticall
This second book of Lynn Austin's Refiner's Fire Civil War Series looks at the war years through the eyes of a northern high society young woman and a poor gal from Western Virginia.

Themes are: Sacrificing self to respond to the needs of others, overcoming loneliness to learn to love, and discovering and answering God's call on your life.

I picked this book up eager for more information on Caroline and Charles and desiring to see how they rebuilt their life and relationship in the post-war years
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'
Diane U
Apr 15, 2011 Diane U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 12, 2009 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2009 rjp316 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
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
Cyndii Sellers
Jun 27, 2014 Cyndii Sellers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fire by Night

A riveting, impassioned depiction of the personal realities of life and living through a hideous chapter of America's history. As compellingly portrayed as Book 1 of this trilogy, from an altogether different yet similar perspective. The basic characteristics of human life, feelings and spirituality are not exclusive to any particular race, nation or ideology. This profound revelation is most poignantly and dramatically presented against the backdrop of perhaps this country's darkes
May 23, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: Book Club-May-Jaymi
Shelves: book-club
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
~larissa Renea~
Feb 18, 2009 ~larissa Renea~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Annika Paxman
Nov 01, 2010 Annika Paxman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeannette Garcia
Oct 03, 2011 Jeannette Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebekah Tooley
This was an Amazing book with many unexpected twists! I found myself slowly disliking Nathaniel. (Spoilers removed) and slowly liking James (spoilers removed)

One thing that did bother me was when James and Julia kissed when they both thought the other was married. Other than that, it was a great book and deserves high praise!
May 16, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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)
  • Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire, #1)
  • A Light to My Path (Refiner's Fire, #3)

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