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Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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"A gripping tale told by a gifted writer."--Beverly Lewis

Caroline Fletcher is caught in a nation split apart and torn between the ones she loves and a truth she can't deny



The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised to believe slavery is God-ordained and acceptable. But on awakening to its cruelty and injustice, ...
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Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire Series #1)

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Overview

"A gripping tale told by a gifted writer."--Beverly Lewis

Caroline Fletcher is caught in a nation split apart and torn between the ones she loves and a truth she can't deny



The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised to believe slavery is God-ordained and acceptable. But on awakening to its cruelty and injustice, her eyes are opened to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. At the same time, her father and her fiance, Charles St. John, are fighting for the Confederacy and their beloved way of life and traditions.

Where does Caroline's loyalty lie? Emboldened by her passion to make a difference and her growing faith, will she risk everything she holds dear?
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From the time she was 12, Caroline Fletcher, daughter of a wealthy Richmond, VA, slave-holding family, knew she was different, for she knew that the household slaves were human beings, not mere property. When her mother commits suicide, Caroline is sent first to the Fletcher plantation and then to relatives in Philadelphia. Three years later, as the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, her father brings her home. Caroline is now a determined abolitionist, and she struggles to live in a culture where people believe that slavery is ordained by God. With her fianc , father, and cousin off fighting in the war, Caroline embarks on a dangerous path of spying and intrigue that tests her faith and demands risk and sacrifice. Unfortunately, Caroline is the only fully developed character in this work, and the African American characters are all too good to be true; despite these flaws, Austin (Hidden Places; Eve's Daughters; Wings of Refuge) has written a thoroughly engrossing and exciting tale that will appeal to fans of Virginia Gaffney's "Richmond Chronicles" and historical romances. Purchase where historical novels and Austin's other books are in demand. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441202871
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Series: Refiner's Fire Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,770
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won eight 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.
Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner and an inaugural inductee into the Christy Award Hall of Fame, as well as a popular speaker at retreats, conventions, women's groups, and book clubs. She lives with her husband in Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Cant put down

    I love historical fiction, and this book is one of the best. This is the second Lynn Austin book Ive read. I wasnt disapointed. Not only did I get a difrent prespective of a war Ive studied some, but I also got a Biblical prespective on the war and in life. It really made me think. The Biblical comparitives were new to me. Give this book a try, but I will warn you, you might have trouble putting it down.

    25 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Highly Recommended: Inspirational and entertaining at the same time

    I've always been a fan of historical fiction, especially stories set during the American Civil War era. This is one of the better stories I have read. Not only does it tell the tale of several lives affected by this historical conflict, it helps the reader examine his/her own personal values and spirituality. I would like to thank Lynn Austin for helping me examine my own spirituality and values as I learned a lot about tolerance and forgiveness through the characters portrayed in the book. If anything, this story gives me hope that good can be found even in the darkest of times.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    Well written, interesting characters

    I could not put this down and had to purchase the next two in the series. If you have any interest in historical fiction or the civil war, this and the following two books give you a unique perspective of how the war affected different people differently. This series is one of the best I have read in a long time.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    Beautiful

    I could not put this book down! The period detail is great and it is really refreashing to see a strong southern belle who actaully stands up for what she believes, instead of just saying how evil slavery was. Pampered southern belle Caroline Flecther comes to question the insitution of slavery after witnessing her childhood playmate being sold away. When her mother dies Caroline goes to live with her aunt in Philadelphia, while there she becomes an ardent abolotionist and returns home to Richmond determined to single handly to freeing the slaves by showing those around her the evil of slavery. While on her mission to end slavery she meets Charles St. John and the couple fall in love on the eve of the Civil War. But Caroline is torn between her love for the South and her family and her commitment to freeing the slaves. The Christian undertones of the book are well done and very realistic, this was a time when people talked about their faith very openly.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    One of the Best historical fiction I've read!

    What a great read! I was captivated from the first page!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    very enjoyable

    I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN. THought provoking. I never considered the fact that both sides thought they were justified in God's eyes. I thought this would be mediochre because it was free, but it was a great read.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    Amazing

    You will be on the edge of your seat while reading this book. It takes you through a series of events filled with twists and turns that you would never have guessed. After reading this book, you will want to read the other two in the series.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    This has to be one of the best or the best book I have ever read!

    I loved this book. I'd say it is probably my favorite. It made me happy and sad at the same time. It has a great message.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Very good book, could not put it down once I started it. It has such wonderful detail about life in the south in the civil war era. I especially loved the heroine, Caroline. I wish I could rewind time and read it for the first time again!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    great writer

    Lynn Austin is a talented writer bringing her characters to life and telling a compelling story one is hard pressed to put down. However, I could use a little less of the repetitive religious dogma. But I am actually surprised at the content considering it is Bethany Publishers. I would have thought her work wouldn't be approved by this ultra conservative religious publishing house.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Five Star book

    This book is so good. I have read all Ms. Austin's books. This is the first in the refiners series. Set in civil war Richmond, Va. Carolyn loves her slaves as she loves every member of her family. A true southern belle , with the conviction that all men are created equal. She will take the risk of even espionage for her slaves to have their freedom. This book is historically correct with very strong characterizations. I loved this book. It has a bit of it all. Espianage, love, racial hate, rascism even from the north. Will she risk all she has for her convictions ? This is also a christian book, without the preaching. But if you are looking for sex , you won't find it in this gem. You also won't find it in any book I own. This book is good without all that junk. Five stars again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    A truly great book!!

    This is undoubtedly one of the best and most moving of all the stories I have ever read. It should be a must on the reading list of all who are 14 years old and up.

    And take notice, it was written with without any steamy sex scenes, foul language and all the while proclaiming God's love for all those who love Him and are willing to call Him "Master and Lord" and follow His will for their lives.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    I've read a lot of historical fiction and this book was one of m

    I've read a lot of historical fiction and this book was one of my favorites. The characters were well developed and the plot moved along easily. Many books about the Civil War will give the reader what happened from the soldier's perspective. While Lynn Austin gives us some of that, we see mostly how life was for the women and the slaves who were left 'back home'. I can't wait to read the next books in the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Excellent book

    Reslly enjoy this author. Read her Chronicles of the Kings books, and thought I'd try this series. Not disappointed and can't wait to finish the other two books, then start her stand alone books. Great story!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Excellent SET!!!

    Loved this 3 seeries of books. Got so very caught up in the story and it felt as if I was right there. Love this time in history! Great writing and wonderful escape for the reader!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Couldn't Put it Down!!

    I absolutely love Lynn Austin's writing in this series. I had previously read the final two books in this series and just purchased this one. It completed the story beautifully.

    I found the characters to be wonderfully developed making it so easy to get lost in this story, I literally couldn't put this book down until I was finished.

    I did not grow up in America so know very little about the civil war, I felt that this series was a great introduction to me and will allow me to talk with my own children about the issues surrounding that time period when they are learning about it at school.

    I know that Lynn Austin takes a lot of care to make sure that her facts are historically correct which gives me confidence as I read knowing that I'm not being led astray by a good tale.

    I love the way the story is told from the perspective of each party to the war. Very insightful and compelling.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    A Candle in the Darkness

    I enjoyed this book immensely because of my interest in the period of American life during the civil war. But I also feel it was very well written. I enjoyed it to the end.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Great book, as I expected

    Lynn Austin is a consistent author whose stories transport you to a different time and gets you involved with the characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Excellent

    I really enjoyed the story and appreciate the Author's writing style.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    One of the best books I've read

    Really enjoyed this book. Just dragged me into the story and I loved every minute of it...review by CherishD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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