Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire Series #1)

Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire Series #1)

by Lynn Austin

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ISBN-13: 9781441202871
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2002
Series: Refiner's Fire Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 79,772
File size: 4 MB

About 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 and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at

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Candle in the Darkness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 447 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kdb7958 More than 1 year ago
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.
rmlo More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
lizziebeth More than 1 year ago
What a great read! I was captivated from the first page!
lovemynookcolor More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lynn Austin is a consistent author whose stories transport you to a different time and gets you involved with the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
D_Mercedes More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Just dragged me into the story and I loved every minute of by CherishD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very happy with this book. Excellent characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MYM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story and appreciate the Author's writing style.
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cbl_tn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
As I write this by candlelight, Union troops have my beloved city of Richmond under siege. The hall clock tells me that it is well past midnight, but I am unable to sleep. I no longer know what tomorrow will bring, nor do I know when my arrest will come--but I'm now quite certain that it will come. In order to explain her actions during the war, Caroline Fletcher, the abolitionist daughter of a Richmond slave owner, reflects on the years preceding the war and the events and people who influenced the development of her abolitionist convictions.I was moved to tears at several points in the book, yet I couldn't shake the impression that the characters weren't realistic. They seem more the product of wishful thinking than drawn from history. Caroline was too good to be true. Her thoughts and actions seem to reflect how we would all like to think we would have felt and acted had we lived in that era. The moral issues Caroline faced were clear-cut when they should have been ambiguous. Like a lot of Christian fiction, it appeals to the emotions rather than to the mind. It was engrossing while I read it, but I don't think it will leave a lasting impression.
scarpettajunkie on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book starts in Virgina in 1853 and ends shortly after the Civil War concludes. It is the story of Caroline Fletcher and how she experiences slavery and how it impacts her life. She is facing prison or exile for aiding the Union army during the Civil War. Caroline has some tough choices to make, and all along her father's slaves give good advice straight from the Bible. We see how the right choice can end up having good consequences and how poor choices end up in heartache.This book also gives insight as to how slaves deal with being owned and not in control of their own lives. One of the neat things about this story is that it is as if we are reading it from the wallpaper in her father's mansion that she has used as regular paper has become to dear. Because of the way this book will make you feel you are right in the middle of the Civil war with all its heartache and even celebration this book gets all its stars. It is well worth reading and will easily be remembered long after it is home on the shelf.