(I received a free copy from Bethany House Publishers to review here on Books and Beverages!)
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 pain, but the emotional sides. I really liked the three main characters/voices in the book (Josephine, a young lady, Eugenia, her mother & a widow and Lizzie, a freed slave).
Austin does a fine job of portraying those who let bitterness ruin them, those who moved past the pain, those who struggled to make sense of everything and those who decided to look toward the future and not dwell on the past.
While there was also a sweet romantic story, I loved that that wasn’t the sole focus. The women in the book were strong solid characters that showed what it means to have faith, love, and the power of a resilient spirit. Yet another winner by Austin!