A giveaway from one of my favorite authors Lynn Austin, & my review of the excellent "All Things New"

All Things New

about the book...

The war is over. The South has lost.

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.

Her life of privilege, a long-ago dream.

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.

Can hope--and a battered faith in God--survive amid the devastation?

my review....

"All Things New" has easily become one of my favorite books by Lynn Austin - and for an author who has won no less than seven Christy Awards, that is saying a lot! The book was so good I read it from start to finish in one day, finding it difficult to tear myself away from the moving and emotional story of Josephine, Lizzie and Eugenia. Austin effortlessly weaves their stories together into a well-thought out and entertaining plot that is filled with top-notch drama, excellent historical detail, and a soul-stirring look at faith and suffering. Josephine was the character I admired the most, as she struggled through her beliefs about God and emerged stronger for it, not only in her faith but also as a person and as a woman who was no longer content to let others define her life. Austin writes with her usual skill, and I found myself fully immersed in this powerful story such that I was sad to see it end.

Here is a book that is worth reading more than once, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that a sequel is in the works! I highly recommend All Things New, and urge you to get a copy for yourself. 5 out of 5 stars.

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.

about the author...

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won seven Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. Visit Lynn's Web site at www.lynnaustin.org

Buy the Book

From Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com



I am giving away 1 copy of "All Things New" to readers from the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of the publisher and Graf-Martin! 

You can get 1 entry into the giveaway for each task you perform:

1. Become a follower of my blog (through Google Followers or Networked Blogs) then leave a comment confirming you became a follower. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment that you already follow and I'll give you 1 entry for that.

2. "Like" my Facebook page, and let me know you did so in a comment. (The link is at the top of the webpage). Let me know if you've already liked it, and I'll give you an entry.

3. Post about the giveaway on your own blog or on twitter or facebook and leave me a comment. You get 1 entry for each method of spreading the word!


4. Leave a comment answering the following question: "What is your favorite Lynn Austin book? If you've never read one of her books, what is your favorite historical fiction novel?"

++ Please include your email address in your comment so I can contact you to arrange to get the book in the mail to you.

That's all there is to it. Contest Ends October 28, 2012.

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