Review: All Things New
Author: Lynn Austin
Josephine Weatherly struggles to pick up the pieces of her life when her family returns to their Virginia plantation. But the realities of life after the war cannot be denied: her home and land are but a shell of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken.
Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival–and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine’s mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak–but a bitter hatred fuels her.
In her bestselling tradition, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult years of Reconstruction by interweaving the stories of three women–daughter, mother, and freed slave–in a riveting tale.
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 adulthood and misses out on her coming out years. After the war she and her family head back to their plantation, only to find out that all their slaves, or servants as they are now supposed to be called, have fled except two.
Lizzie finds it hard to believe that all the slaves are actually free. That they can do as they please and live without someone standing over them with a whip, yelling out them to keep working. As she and her family adjust to life as free people, she watches her former owners lives turn upside down. When things start happening to the free Negroes, Lizzie takes a chance and confides in Josephine.
They both realize that the men they care for the most are in the utmost danger. Josephine must stop her brother and his friends from doing what they are doing if she wants the man that she loves to stay alive.
I hope you enjoy this book if you decide to read a copy of it.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.