Sunday, November 4, 2012

All Things New

In “All Things New” by Lynn Austin we meet southern belle Josephine Weatherly. Josephine has just survived the Civil War and has returned to her Virginia plantation. She finds that most of their former slaves have left and the plantation is not the same as when she left. She knows that the times have changed and is willing to do anything to bring her plantation back to its former glory. However, there are those who are not ready to give up their opulent lifestyles; her mother for one. Her mother still thinks the freed slaves should be there to wait on her hand and foot and will not hear of her own daughter working like a servant. Josephine tries to befriend her servant Lizzie in order to learn how to survive in this new way of life. Lizzie is leery of all white people because of how she has been treated in the past and she fears for the safety of her family. Josephine also befriends a Yankee solider, Alexander, who is trying to help the newly freed slaves. She soon finds herself growing closer to Alexander but her family tries to put an end to their relationship. She is also discouraged that God would allow all of this suffering to happen and starts to doubt Him. What will happen to Lizzie and her family? Will Josephine find her way back to God?

“All Things New” is another great book by Lynn Austin. Once you start reading it you will not want to put it down. This book is a good example of how life was in the south after the war and how the southern attitude was for most. In this book we once again see how even though bad things may happen to us God is walking with us and will bring us through whatever it is we are going through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

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