Fire by Night (Refiner's Fire Series #2)

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Book 2 of Refiner's Fire. The drama of the Civil War unfolds through the eyes of two very different Northern girls. Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do family, but when she fails to attract the attention of Rev. Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she determines to bring meaning to her empty and shallow existence. When she becomes a Union nurse, her eyes are opened to the realities of war and suffering. She also meets Phoebe, who has entered the army under false ...
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Overview

Book 2 of Refiner's Fire. The drama of the Civil War unfolds through the eyes of two very different Northern girls. Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do family, but when she fails to attract the attention of Rev. Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she determines to bring meaning to her empty and shallow existence. When she becomes a Union nurse, her eyes are opened to the realities of war and suffering. She also meets Phoebe, who has entered the army under false pretenses--and whose journey to understanding herself, as well as the tumultuous world about her, is revealed with sensitivity and drama.
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This inspirational work of historical fiction is the second book in Austin's "Refiner's Fire" series. The setting is the American Civil War, where the lives of two very different young women intersect. Julia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Philadelphia family, sets out to prove that she is not as vain as the man she loves thinks she is. She is determined to become a nurse, and she must overcome quite a few obstacles in order to do so. In the process, she is transformed into a much more mature and compassionate person. Phoebe, a tall, homely girl from Western Virginia, dresses as a man and joins the Union Army rather than be confined to wearing a dress and working for Miz Haggerty. The well-written story portrays a mixture of romance, greed, grief and transformation. Although this book won the Library Journal's Best Christian Fiction Award for 2003, it is not a preachy, one-sided, stereotypical Christian book. Some of the Christians in the book are compassionate, caring human beings while others are not. Likewise, some of the strong characters are not Christian. In the end, love and strength of character prevail. This book is recommended for young girls who have a love for the stories of history. 2003, Bethany House, Ages 12 to 16.
—Kathy Egner, Ph.D.
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Set during the American Civil War, Austin's second entry in the "Refiner's Fire" series focuses on Julia Hoffman and Phoebe Bigelow, two different young women who forge a lasting friendship through their shared experiences in the conflict. After beautiful socialite Julia overhears her beloved Rev. Nathaniel Greene insist that he would never consider marrying her because he finds her "shallow, spoiled, and unbearably self-absorbed," she sets out to prove him wrong by signing on as a Union nurse. Phoebe, self-described as "homely and horsefaced as a hound dog," is left behind when her brothers go off to join the military effort. Soon, she finds her situation unbearable, so she dons men's clothing and becomes a soldier herself. Offering refreshing, atypical heroines in absorbing parallel plots, this well-written historical will attract readers who enjoy high-quality romances with a 19th-century American flavor. Book 1 in this series, Candle in the Darkness, won a 2003 Christy Award in the historical fiction category. Highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556614439
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Refiner's Fire Series , #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Austin has authored several works of fiction, including Candle in the Darkness and Hidden Places, both winners of Christy Awards. In addition to writing, Lynn is a popular speaker at conferences, retreats, and various church and school events. She and her husband have three children and make their home in Illinois.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    Another Beatiful Installment

    Fire by Night is another great installment in Lynn Austin's Refiner's Fire series. In this book we get to know Julia Hoffman the wealthy Philadephia cousin of Caroline Flecter from Candle in the Darkness. Julia is spoiled and self-centered in the summer of 1861 when she get's a reality check at the battle of Bull Run. Schocked but what she saw and the impression others have of her Julia decides to become a nurse, to the shock and dismay of her society family. In a pararell story Pheobe Bigelow disgiuses her self as a man to join the Union army when her three brothers march off to war and leaves her behind. The book if full of faith and love and I could not put this book down.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    One of the Best Books I've Ever Read!!!

    This is one of the few books that I could read again and again. Found myself reading during any spare moments that I could find. Couldn't put it down, but didn't want it to end! Read it...you will not regret it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Love it.

    Such an eye opening book. it definatly desevers five stars. I am really bad to rush thourgh books but this one made me slow down and take in how well it was written. I would highly recomend it to anyone. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Fantastic!!!!

    This book is one of the best books i have ever read. I completely reccomend it! It is definately a book i would read agian and i am not going to hesitate to recomend Candle of Darkness to all my friends. Enjoy!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    Wonderful Book and looking forward to the final of the series!!

    Wonderful Book and looking forward to the final of the series!!  Recommend Very Highly!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    Fine Read

    This was my first read by Lynn Austin. It will not be my last as I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to another book by her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Very Thought-Provoking & Engaging!

    During a time in my life when I will be graduating soon from college and starting a career, this book made me think about life very deeply. Although there are two story lines interwoven throughout the book, this story is primarily about Julia, a young girl who we see change into a young woman by the end of the book. Overhearing that she is spoiled and selfish from a preacher she is enamored with, Julia sets out to give meaning to her life to prove that she is not selfish. She becomes a nurse during the Civil War and learns to do things she never dreamed of doing. After some excruciating experiences, she recognizes that all of the things she is doing are from selfish motives (to win the preacher's affection), therefore making her still a selfish person. This realization makes Julia take an even harder look at her own life and she is truly changed when she sees the value of pursuing her calling no matter the opposition--a calling that means a life poured out for others. This is a must-read for anyone. It has some surprising twists and kept me up all night reading it! It has helped change the way I view life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    fabulous

    great, rich characters; riveting, historical plot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    love the series

    Love the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Great book

    Great book by a great author!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Best book ever

    Hands down, loved the book and the characters so much

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    My favorite book

    This is my favorite book of all time and i have read it 6 times. It never gets old and the rest of the books in the series are all incredible as well!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    Great Author

    This is my first time reading Lynn Austin and she is fantastic. The characters are realistic and the story is compelling. I loved it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Excellent read.

    I loved this book from beginning to end. She is a wonderful writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    What a Book!!!

    I would have never guessed the ending!!! Once again Lynn Austin kept me intersted in historic details while weaving a wonderful story. Can't wait to read the next book in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    !!!

    this was the absolute best book in the world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    Could not put this book down!

    Out of ten I¿d have to rate this book a 15! It didn¿t take long before I was so involved in the lives of Julia Hoffman and Phoebe Bigelow that I could not put this book down. These two women couldn¿t be more different. Julia is from a well-to-do Philadelphia family and Phoebe, well to use the author¿s words, ¿¿.was as homely and horsefaced as a hound dog ¿ and she knew it.¿ How could you not love someone like that? The story begins at Bull Run, Virginia, July 21, 1861. Julia along with her uncle, a Congressman and a family friend, as well as the very handsome, not to mention single Reverend Nathaniel Greene have come to ¿watch the war.¿ Julia has been in love with the Reverend since he was first assigned to their church the year before. She makes an impression on the Reverend but it is not the one she¿d hoped for. After witnessing the war first hand and the wounded soldiers it left in its path, Julia became physically ill. Stating she didn¿t care about helping the wounded men and that she just wanted to get away from there, wasn¿t what Nathaniel wanted to hear. Later, when Julia over hears Nathaniel telling the congressman he thinks she is shallow, spoiled, and unbearably self-absorbed she sets out to not only prove him wrong, but to get him fired! What follows is an extraordinary story of change, courage and self-realization that will keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to close this book. Meanwhile, Phoebe has been taken to the Haggertys. A family who she is to stay with and tend to their countless children while her three brothers go off to help fight the war. Feeling trapped and unhappier than she ever has, Phoebe flees by night to Western Pennsylvania to enlist! Also enlisting the same day as Phoebe, who is now Ike Bigelow, is a little short fellow name Ted Wilson. The friendship which develops between Ike and Ted is one you will not soon forget. Theirs, is the true meaning of friendship, but will it survive when Ted finds out Ike is really Phoebe? Maybe Ted has his own secrets. There are more secrets, twists and turns in this story that will keep you guessing until the very end. You never know what is coming next and you quickly learn, things aren¿t always as they appear. I highly recommend this book. Truly a well written, researched and gripping tale!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    I loved this book!!!

    I am 15 years old and I loved this book. This Book was amazing. i'm gunna have all my friends buy it. I will read it about 19 more times. I want to read the first book ( candle in the darkness). it is an amazing tail of love, friendship and faith, while staying historically accurate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    WOW

    i was a little bit hesitant to read this book, but i don't know why i read it in approximatley 3 hours and i would read it again in an instant. Both books in this series were amazing!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    Great story of Civil War courage.

    This was the first Lynn Austin book I read, now I plan to read them all. Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down, which doesn't happen often. I loved the characters, the story and the history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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