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

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

by Lynn Austin

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Two young women in a land shattered by war test the limits of their strength

Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do Philadelphia family. But when she fails to attract the attention of Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she shocks her family by becoming a Union nurse. Will that be enough to win Nathaniel's heart?

Phoebe Bigelow, from western Virginia, has always been a misfit, and when her brothers join the Union army, she also enlists--under false pretenses.

Soon, both have their eyes opened to the realities of war and suffering. Neither is quite ready for the demands of her new life, but their journeys of sacrifice and love are sure to change them in unexpected ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441203090
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Series: Refiner's Fire Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 56,232
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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Fire by Night 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 will not regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mdbezz More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Leah Norton More than 1 year ago
great, rich characters; riveting, historical plot.
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book and looking forward to the final of the series!!  Recommend Very Highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book by a great author!!!!!
RN88 More than 1 year ago
Hands down, loved the book and the characters so much
Haley Bonczyk More than 1 year ago
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!
Audrey Dumas More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end. She is a wonderful writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lauren Rubino More than 1 year ago
this was the absolute best book in the world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had hoped this sequel to Candle In the Darkness would be more about Caroline, and I was apprehensive when I first saw that Caroline wasn't even a part of this book. However, Lynn Austin has my complete faith and trust, so I hurried up and in my usual tradition with her novels finished it in one day.. and wow. Just.. wow. She has done it again, this book is as fantastic as her others. Read it.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julia Hoffman, wealthy Philadelphia socialite, has been in love with the minister Nathaniel Greene since she was 15 years old. So when she overhears him telling her uncle that he thinks she is spoiled, self-absorbed, and selfish, Julia is heartbroken, though she knows that it's true. She must find a way to prove to him that she's more than fancy dresses and tea parties... so Julia lies about her marital status and enlists as a nurse in a hospital treating wounded Civil War soldiers. Can Julia persevere even though everyone is telling her she should give up and go home? And can this hard work change who she is inside or is it just a superficial measure to win the heart of Nathaniel? Phoebe Bigelow is being left behind by her three older brothers who are off to enlist in the Union army. She's tall and homely and has no chance or interest in finding a husband, so she's forced to stay with a bratty family, mainding children and cleaning house. However, Phoebe devises a plan. She knows she looks more than a little mannish, so she disguises herself as "Ike" Bigelow and enlists in the Union army. Though it's hard work, it's the best time Phoebe has ever had and she finally makes some friends. But how long can she keep her secret? And what will her new friends think of her when they find out? Julia's and Phoebe's stories intertwine in this gripping novel of the Civil War. Although I'm not a big fan of the Jesus stuff, it was easy enough to skim through and the story was well worth it. There's deception, intrigue, and romance... what more could you ask for?
MDLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well written story of 2 women living completely different lives. Julia's the beautiful and spoiled rich girl who can't do anything for herself. Phoebe is the not so beautiful poor girl who has never had anyone do anything for her. They end up finding what they truly desire in ways they never imagined. I hated for this one to end!
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major ConflictsJulia Hoffman joins the crowd watching the battle of Bull Run at the start of the Civil war, certain that the Union army will easily chase the confederates back to where they belong. She is terrified when the battle turns the other way and horrified when artillery shells start falling around their carriage. The young minister she was hoping to impress, Nathaniel, jumps out to help the wounded soldiers, but Julia is too frightened to stay and urges her driver to rush her home. Later she overhears Natheniel describe her as selfish and spoiled and this remark leads her to do some soul searching and determine to change the course of her life. Meanwhile, a young woman named Phoebe (nicknamed Ike) is dismayed when her brothers join the army and leave her to babysit a bunch of onery kids for a local townswoman. She decides that since she can shoot just as well as her brothers she will join the army as well so she disguises herself as a man and does just that. Little does she know that being in the company of men will burden her with a secret love.Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.While the story shifts regularly from Julia to Phoebe, it seems to focus more on Julia. The main themes are inner transformation and the role of woman--do they have to be subsumed by their husbands or can they live independent lives? And of course the tragedies of the Civil war are played out before the reader and this provides plenty of fodder for dramatic situations and soul seeking. Both Julia and Phoebe get close to the action (as nurses or as a soldier in Phoebe's case) although their inner conflicts and their relational struggles seem to provide more of the conflict for the story. Julia works for a gruff doctor named James, whom she feels an odd attraction for, which causes her to fall into the dilemma of having feelings for a supposedly married man while being engaged to another. And Phoebe loves her soldier friend Ted, but when he finds out her secret how will he feel about her? How Good is it?A solid story with convincing characters. I wasn't always sure about the messages being put forth, or the typical romanantic plotting, which was very predictable and doesn't provide the best example. And the agenda of the author seemed just a bit too obvious.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this my third book this week for Lynn Austin, I couldn't put the book down, I am so excited to start the third book in this series. Thank you