All Things New by Lynn Austin ~ Review

All Things New
Lucie's Review: A broad, sweeping epic of the Reconstruction Era.

Josephine and Eugenia Weatherly struggle to make sense of their new way of life after the Civil War and keep their Virginia plantation afloat. Things aren't the way they were a few short months ago. While Josephine embraces the hard work, her mother, Eugenia mires in the opulent ways of the past.
This is one book that you will not want to miss!

It's been a long time since I've read a book so well written, with so many well developed characters and supporting characters! I Josephine was a terrific heroine, with so much depth and with an openness to getting to know the people she had once considered slaves. Alexander Chandler was a Yankee who pushed Josephine to think spiritually and allowed her to vent and be herself. Otis and Lizzie where some of my favorites too!

Ms. Austin brought the Reconstruction Era to life in epic style, with a hint of a Gone with the Wind feel to it, in the form of Josephine's mother, Eugenia. I don't want to give any of the plot away, because it was so good! But this was truly a journey of emotional, spiritual, and physical proportions for many of the characters, all in such a brief time. The absolute best Civil War novel I have ever read! The story is so well told, and after reading this book I had a hard time picking up anything else for days, because this one was just so good, definitely a favorite! I highly recommend this book!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


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