All Things New by Lynn Austin

By Lynn Austin

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New historic Novel from 7-Time Christy Award Winner!

In the aftermath of the Civil warfare, Josephine Weatherly and her mom, Eugenia, fight to choose up the items in their lives once they go back to their Virginia plantation. however the sour realities of lifestyles after the struggle can't be denied: their domestic and land are yet shells in their past grandeur; loss of life has claimed her father and brother; and her last brother, Daniel, has lower back domestic sour and damaged. The privileged adolescence Josephine loved now feels like a long-ago dream. And the God who did not solution any of her prayers through the warfare is misplaced to her as well.

Josephine quickly realizes that lifestyles is now an issue of day-by-day survival--and acknowledges that Lizzie, as one of many few final servants, is the single she needs to depend upon to coach her all she must be aware of. Josephine's mom, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a sour hatred fuels her.

With ability and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to lifestyles the tricky years of the Reconstruction period by way of interweaving the tales of 3 women--daughter, mom, and freed slave--in a riveting story.

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Civil war was still raging in Russia, the Whites now being driven in rout to all points of the compass. The Rumanians were killing Red Hungarians. There were insurrections and mass strikes in Germany, a plague of labor revolts in France and Britain, millions unemployed in every great nation, famine everywhere in Europe, flu in the western half and typhus in the eastern. When, in the middle of 1919, President Wilson and his staff had left the Peace Conference, that body had stayed on to settle the destinies of Austria and Hungary and Bulgaria and Turkey.

She liked pretty tunes, but didn’t know why everything had to become so complicated and so noisy. But that was the way Kurt liked it, and that was the way he had it. Now here was another kind of genius, another strange and bewildering art; Beauty listened, and it seemed to her a chaos of sound, going on without any discoverable reason for either starting or stopping. But Lanny would cry out that it was magnificent, he had always known Kurt had it in him; Beauty decided that she had known it too.

Kurt, who had had the same experience, rejoiced that a painter had immortalized the soul of this woman they both had loved. Now a German saw it, and knew that what he had suffered in his secret soul was the same as a Frenchman had suffered. So Marcel seemed to say, and Kurt felt himself at one with his late antagonist. After Kurt had seen a dozen or so of these, he felt he knew Marcel both as painter and as man, and was not ashamed to be his successor in love. XI Once every twenty-four hours a glow stole up behind the Cap and spread over the sky, and dazzling sunlight descended upon the flowers and foliage and red-roofed houses of Bienvenu.

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