There are writers, and then there is Lynn Austin. While I enjoy reading many authors on a regular basis, there are a few who stand out from the rest. Lynn Austin is one of those. I almost hate when I get a new book of hers because I know it's going to be good, and the let down afterwards is that I'm done and have to go back to reading regular books (not that they're bad, they just aren't on the same level as Lynn Austin).
All Things New does not disappoint. With this book she returns to the post Civil War era in Virginia where we follow the story of three women. Eugenia (a war widow plantation owner), Josephine (Eugenia's daughter) and Lizzie (the slave-turned-servant). Their lives twist and turn amongst each others while trying to navigate the post war times. All three learn lessons, are stretched, and grow as women.
An incredible story that should not be missed.
This book was provided for review by Bethany House.
From the back cover:
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.
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.