By Lynn Austin
New ancient Novel from 7-Time Christy Award Winner!
In the aftermath of the Civil struggle, Josephine Weatherly and her mom, Eugenia, fight to select up the items in their lives once they go back to their Virginia plantation. however the sour realities of existence after the conflict can't be denied: their domestic and land are yet shells in their earlier grandeur; demise has claimed her father and brother; and her closing brother, Daniel, has again domestic sour and damaged. The privileged formative years Josephine loved now feels like a long-ago dream. And the God who didn't solution any of her prayers throughout the battle is misplaced to her as well.
Josephine quickly realizes that existence is now a question of day-by-day survival--and acknowledges that Lizzie, as one of many few closing servants, is the only she needs to depend on to coach her all she must be aware of. Josephine's mom, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a sour hatred fuels her.
With ability and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to lifestyles the tricky years of the Reconstruction period by means of interweaving the tales of 3 women--daughter, mom, and freed slave--in a riveting story.
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It was the language of the Adolf Hitler Schutzstaffel Panzer Division and the Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Division. The door was flung open, and men tramped in, spitting out their many crowded consonants and flashing torches about. ” The four Americans cowered and held their breath. Their talk was of the day’s adventures, and their mood was of exultation—mind triumphing over the exhaustion of the body. Sieg Heil! It seemed certain that when sleeping time came—and that would be but a few minutes— some of these men would climb into the hay.
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All Things New by Lynn Austin