A Light to My Path (Refiner's Fire Series #3)

A Light to My Path (Refiner's Fire Series #3)

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by Lynn Austin
     
 

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"You don't have to go with Missy Claire. She can't make you go with her."

Kitty, a house slave, has always obeyed Missy Claire and followed orders. But when word arrives that the Yankees are coming, Kitty is faced with a decision. WiIl she continue serving Missy Claire and her household? Or will she listen to Grady and embrace this chance

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"You don't have to go with Missy Claire. She can't make you go with her."

Kitty, a house slave, has always obeyed Missy Claire and followed orders. But when word arrives that the Yankees are coming, Kitty is faced with a decision. WiIl she continue serving Missy Claire and her household? Or will she listen to Grady and embrace this chance for freedom? Even wise Delia says Kitty has to decide for herself--that nobody except the Lord can tell her which way to go.

Kitty has always lived in a world where authority is not questioned. She never has learned to make up her own mind any more than she has learned to read or write.

But now Kitty has a daunting choice: How does she want her story to end?

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
The sympathetic characters and powerful theme make this book well worth the read.
Road to Romance
Lynn Austin has penned another winner. Pick up A Light to My Path today for a satisfying read.
Romance Readers Connection
"Make no mistake; A LIGHT TO MY PATH is well worth reading, especially for readers with an interest in this era."
Faithful Reader
Fans of historical fiction with strong faith themes should find this enjoyable tale much to their liking.
Library Journal
The child of runaway slaves who were tracked down and killed by white men in South Carolina, Anna is alone in the world. She grows up in complete servitude as the "pet" of Claire, her master's daughter, who changes Anna's name to Kitty and allows her to live in the main house. Grady is torn from his mother's arms and sold as a slave far from his family. When Grady meets Anna, he encourages her to think for herself. Soon, word reaches them that the Yankees are coming, and Anna must decide whether to run for freedom and a life with Grady or to continue serving and protecting the master's family. The first two books in Austin's "Refiner's Fire" series (Candle in the Darkness and Fire by Night) won Christy Awards, and this newest title is also outstanding, with heart-wrenching descriptions of the indignities of slavery. Highly recommended. Austin lives near Chicago. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556614446
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Series:
Refiner's Fire Series, #3
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Austin is a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time. A Light to My Path, is her twelfth novel. She won a Christy Award for Candle in the Darkness. She and her husband have three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.

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A Light to My Path 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Audrey Dumas More than 1 year ago
This book was a surprise. As an African American I have always avoided books about slavery. The thought that if I would have been born 148 years earlier that could have been me. I can not even watch movies about slavery because the pain and hardships my ancesters endured is hardbreaking but this book captured me. The series started out with the civil war through the eyes of the confederates, next through the eyes of the union and finally the eyes of the slaves. Powerful! It also made it clear why the slaves survived and the union won......it was because God was in charge. Bravo on a job well done. It also showed that God's love is colorblind.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1862 South Carolina, Confederate soldiers warn Missy Claire that 6000 Yanks are marching towards her Plantation and arming slaves. Missy is angry and panicking as she orders her slaves but talks down to them as if they are cattle or pets, which is how she sees them. Field slave Grady informs house slave Kitty that he plans to run away and would like her, the woman he loves, to come with him to freedom. Kitty hesitates as she has lost the ability to make decisions having spent her life having her massahs tell her what to do........................ As Kitty struggles whether to run off with Grady or stay with Missy, she reflects back to the early 1850s when she as a child met her young mistress. Kitty, called Anna, back then, had some kittens that Missy wanted, but her mother said no that anything owned by a darkie is diseased. So Missy tells her mom that she wants the darkie as her kitty. Since then Kitty has always done whatever her owner tells her to do, but now with war everywhere can Anna be resurrected from the dead?..................... This deep look at the lives of slaves and to a lesser degree their owners in the decade just before and during the Civil War is an insightful historical tale. Readers will be stunned by the incredible characterizations inside of a world turned upside down for so many people. The story line rotates between Anna-Kitty and Grady, but fans observe how others in their circle read. Fans of the Antebellum South will want to read the latest Refiner¿s Fire tale as Lyn Austin hits on all cylinders with a fantastic novel...................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read alot of Civil War novels and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. I read it along with a couple of friends of mine who HATE reading with a passion and they couldn't put it down. The characters are wonderfully developed and you feel their pain and their joy throughout the different challenges they face. Also, I like the way the characters in the other books were incorporated and the main character replays some of the same events just from a totally different point of view. Great Read!!! I recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is superb. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! I sure hope and pray that in my life time we can all be color blind. As a g'ma of a bi racial baby, it breaks my heart that she may be judged because her daddy is black and mommy white. When she is older I hope she can read this type of inspirational book! Thanks to this author
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I loved!!!!!!
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Powerful and moving. An excellent read.
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Great series,one of the best i very read
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Excellent  Read!!!  Excellent Series!!!  Recommend Very Highly!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters!! Wonderful christian message. I couldn't put it down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have ever reviewed a book , I liked the book that much. Every book in this series tears at your heartstrings and really makes you think about what is important in life. I have read thousands of books and this tops my list no questions. It is definitely worth the money. The way she ties in all the books and characters is an added bonus ! My new favorite author !!
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sonso More than 1 year ago
excellent series of books. i want to thank the author for her amazing books and talent. read all three and loved every second of it.
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n2eduktion More than 1 year ago
A great read!