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Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire Book #1) (Refiner's Fire) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Austin
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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, 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?

About the Author

Lynn Austin has sold more than one 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 a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 12 Sep 2013
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I'm not sure that it is the right word to use but I did enjoy this book. Set around the time of the American Civil War it is a great analysis of the morality of owning slaves. The heroine has been brought up with slaves but begins to question the ethics of it at a very young age when she sees the little boy she has always played with dragged away from his mother and his home to be sold. As she grows and matures, her convictions grow with her but to voice them can be dangerous.
As the Civil War rages around them, she is led to the conclusion that the war needs to end as soon as possible to avoid wasting more lives, but also that the Unionists need to win as they have pledged to abolish slavery. All of this is despite the fact that the people she loves are fighting in the Confederate army, and she agonises over the fact that her actions may be putting them at further risk. To this end she takes steps which place her in grave danger, but she is dismayed to learn that her efforts seem to have been in vain. It is her wise, older slave Eli who teaches her that she can only do what she is able to and may not see the effects of her actions. He reminds her of the parallels to her situation in the Bible, comparing her at times to Esther, Rahab and Joshua. Above all he teaches her not to trust her feelings but to trust God for everything, even when all seems lost. As her betrayal is discovered and she is expecting imminent arrest, she writes down all that has happened and her reasons for doing what she has done - this is no spoiler as that is how the story starts - and that written evidence is what brings conclusion to the story.
This was an absorbing tale of courage and tenacity in the face of adversity which I wanted to know the end of but didn't want the book to end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read- I couldn't put it down... 8 July 2009
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I love all books by Lynne Austin. She is a very prolific writer- I love the God & Kings series as well.

A very inspiring and uplifting read with lots of history. This book really made me appreciate being a Christian
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars historical/christian/romance novel 29 July 2013
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this is not my usual type of book but I was pleasantly surprised. This is about a woman from the south who doesnt agree with slavery although she has been raised on a plantation. When the civil war comes she is torn by loyalty to her friends and family and by her conviction that slavery is wrong.

The questions this book raises make for some interesting debates - how far would you go for your convictions? Where does your loyalty to your family begin or end? Is it OK to do nothing?

While this is not Gone With the Wind it still has merit. There is a lot of passages about praying and relying on the Lord for guidance. Oh and a fair bit of romance - but its not really sugary!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Candle in the darkness 25 April 2013
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Easy, thought provoking read.
I always download free kindle books and wasn't disappointed in this one.
Spoonfed reading within happy ending
Makes you think about a life we can't comprehend, the mixed emotions of a different life, the difference between slaves and owners and yet at the end of the day we are all equal

Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wonderful, a fantastic read 23 Jun 2013
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I have to say I knew fairly little about this era of American history until reading this book. My eyes were opened to a new level of understanding and praise for those who battled to end Slavery. The author pulls you into the lives of the characters and I found myself crying throughout much of the book. It is a heart wrenching, moving and beautiful story full of action, emotion and scripture! Would recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candle in the darkness. 6 July 2013
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I chose this author to see how she would write historically. The story was informative, educational and most interesting. Well written. A book you cannot put down. Definitely reading more of her work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 3 July 2013
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In these days of continued slavery this book was a very thought provoking reminder of the need to stand for that which is true whatever the cost
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Jun 2013
By Jammy
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A very good read & you're desperate to get to the end so you just carry on reading until the wee small hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed reading this book so far ihave not yet got ...
I have enjoyed reading this book so far ihave not yet got to the end of the story ,.willup date when I finish it.
Published 11 days ago by pauline hodge
4.0 out of 5 stars ... civil war and the slaves caught up in the terrible conflict....
A book about the American civil war and the slaves caught up in the terrible conflict. Interesting book, easy to read and a good flavour of life at this time in history. Read more
Published 12 days ago by jilliz
3.0 out of 5 stars I do not think she should have used her family and friends as she did...
This book contains a lot of history about the American civil war. The main character lives in the South but does not believe in slavery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cherryred
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading
A very good book to read, although fiction these events actually took place. Thank God for His redeeming blood. Amen
Published 1 month ago by Faith Grant-Ghent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good show
Published 2 months ago by treborgonzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and enthralling!
Lynn Austin brought the Civil War to life! When reading about the Civil War in history books, it always seemed like just words on a page. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read that kept me reading through the night
This is "Gone with the Wind" stuff. A good read that kept me reading through the night.
Published 2 months ago by Amianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Candle in the darkness
Beautifully written. Kept me turning the pages at night just yearning for more!
My favourite character being Eli. Good history.
Published 3 months ago by Joy joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
WOW!!!!!!!!!

I believe that sums my review of this book up.

I literally speechless and can't find the right words to describe this amazing book, other than... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss T. O. Olujinmi
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Don't remember
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