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A Light to My Path (Refiner's Fire, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Austin
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Lynn Austin takes readers on a dramatic journey through the Civil War years in her award-winning Refiner's Fire series. Told in three unique perspectives--Southern, Northern, and slave--each book offers a riveting and eloquent exploration of a nation and its people grappling with racism and injustice. With writing rich in historical detail, Austin brings to life the compelling journeys of characters confronted with the risks and sacrifices their beliefs entail.


Refiner's Fire book 3 Kitty, a house slave, always figured it was easiest to do what she'd always done--obey Missy and follow orders. But when word arrives that the Yankees are coming, Kitty is faced with a decision: will she continue to follow the bidding of her owners, or will she embrace this chance for freedom? Never allowed to have ideas of her own, Kitty is overwhelmed by the magnitude of her decision. Yet it is her hope to find the "happy ever after" ending to her life--and to follow Grady, whom she loves--that is the driving force behind her choice. Where will it lead her?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4179 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 436 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bethany House Publishers (1. November 2004)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009NVU2MS
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5.0 von 5 Sternen spannender 3. Teil der beliebten Südstaaten-Saga 3. November 2009
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In dem 3. Teil der Südstaaten-Saga geht es um Kitty, eine Haussklavin in den Südstaaten, die tut, was sie schon immer getan hat, den Anordnungen ihrer Herrin zu folgen. Als der Krieg ausbricht, muss sie sich entscheiden zu flüchten oder weiter den Anordnungen Ihrer Besitzer zu folgen...

Gut recherchierter historischer Roman in bewährter Lynn Austin Qualität! L.Austin schafft es immer wieder die Bücher sehr spannend zu schreiben, so dass man sich trotz der historischen Ereignisse, was für sein persönliches Leben mitnehmen kann. Man muss Teil 1+2 nicht gelesen haben um dieses zu verstehen/ziemlich unabhängig geschrieben.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sklaverei und Freiheit im amerikanischen Süden 24. Juli 2009
Ein detailreich gezeichneter Historienroman um Unterdrückung, Sklaverei, aber auch Hoffnung und Versöhnung im amerikanischen Süden. Die anrührende Liebesgeschichte einer jungen afroamerikanischen Sklavin und einem Sklaven, der verkauft wurde und schließlich flieht. - Aufrichtige und unbeschönigte historische Darstellung.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shine 23. Januar 2005
Von The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Veröffentlicht auf
It can be a common occurrance for people to think that God has deserted them in times of need, or to blame God for their station in life. Lynn Austin's A LIGHT TO MY PATH, the latest of her books about the Antebellum South, examines this while detailing the coming of age of two young slaves, Anna and Grady, who have given up hope that "Massa Jesus" hears their prayers or cares what becomes of them.

Anna's first memory is the day her parents were recaptured after an attempted escape from slavery. Since that day, she has had little faith that God could do anything to help her situation. While she was spared from death or the auction block, Anna's life is, nevertheless, one of biting criticism, harsh servitude, and endless longing. A glimmer of hope for something better comes along when she meets Grady.

Grady hates all white people after experiencing a tortuous auction where he was torn from his mother's care and later a stint as the assistant of a slave trader. Grady's stark reality leads him to believe that all white people are evil and that the only way to progress in life is to exact his revenge upon them someday. Once a ladies' man, Grady is stunned by Anna's beauty and he begins to change his ways. But Anna and Grady come in contact with numerous obstacles, including the Civil War. They must put their trust in God's plan in order to victoriously emerge from the battles.

A LIGHT TO MY PATH is historical Christian fiction at its finest, spanning time periods from Antebellum America into Reconstruction. The story never became dull, nor did it ever read like a sermon. Lynn Austin introduced all of her characters, both primary and secondary, and followed them through until the end, each lending a significant voice and contribution to this heartbreaking and divine saga. I was impressed with this book and hope to go back through the series and read all of the earlier installments. (RAW Rating: 4.5)

Reviewed by CandaceK

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A great read for fans of historical fiction and faith themes 10. Dezember 2004
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In A LIGHT TO MY PATH, the stand-alone follow-up to CANDLE IN THE DARKNESS and FIRE IN THE NIGHT in the "Refiner's Fire" series, Lynn Austin weaves themes of forgiveness, racial reconciliation, love, and faith together to create a compelling story of lives changed by God during the Civil War.

Austin switches points of view between two slaves: Anna, or "Kitty" as she is dubbed, a young girl who grows up as a companion to Missy Claire, and Grady, a young light-skinned slave torn from his parents at an early age. Both characters, living in the second half of the 19th century, respond to their slavery differently.

Lacking knowledge of any other way to live, Kitty, who was too young to remember her parents' deaths at the hands of slavetrackers, numbly accepts her mistreatment at the Fuller Plantation in South Carolina as her lot in life, loyal to the mistress who looks at her as no better than an animal. Kitty's desire to be loved is endearing, and her artistic bent adds an interesting component to her personality. The kindling of her anger over her slavery and her desire for freedom comes about only when the ones she loves are threatened.

Her opposite is Grady, a well-developed character who simmers with rage and yearns for freedom throughout the novel. Readers will resonate with Grady's anger as they see the desperate plight of slaves separated from their families, mistreated by slave traders, and sold into grinding work on southern plantations or into New Orleans brothels. It all helps build a believable case for Grady's rage against all white people, which eventually culminates in murder. Grady's love/hate relationship with music, his casual flirtations, and his fear of truly loving anyone again, lest they be taken away from him, are just a few of the ways Austin fully fleshes him out as a believable character.

One of the more dynamic figures in the story is the aging mammy Delia, whose strong faith will endear her to readers. As events in the South careen into chaos, Delia tells Kitty, "I don't waste time worrying. I pray," then adds, "Praying ain't about getting your own way. It's about asking God to have his way." Delia believes that "...the Lord is in charge." Everything that happens to Kitty, Grady, and herself is part of His divine plan. "I do know that we can trust the Lord, even when we don't understand why things happen the way we do," she says. Her belief in a God who is in control and her ability to forgive becomes even more intriguing as her past gradually unfolds to Grady and Kitty.

Of all of the characters, the most disappointing is Missy, the belligerent, spoiled mistress who owns Kitty, and who comes off as a bit flat and one-dimensional. It would be nice to see her more fully developed, as her childish tirades sometimes seem over the top, especially after Kitty has her baby. Even a glimmer of occasional kindness would have added authenticity to her character.

A LIGHT TO MY PATH is Austin's twelfth novel, and her experience in fiction shows through her careful attention to detail, vivid backdrops, and smooth dialogue between the characters. The pacing occasionally slows, especially toward the end, and one wishes the book were shorter by about 50 pages. The final scene between Grady and his father is particularly difficult to believe. Yet the plotline and characters are strong enough to keep the reader continuing to the end of the story. Fans of historical fiction with strong faith themes should find this enjoyable tale much to their liking.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby (
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Third Book in Refiner's Fire Series 26. April 2005
Von R. L. Hodges - Veröffentlicht auf
This is a most compelling story of slavery in South Carolina from 1849 through the Civil War. There are two main characters, Grady and Anne, born into slavery on two different plantations and how their lives cross and then interwine. It is a vivid depictions of the treatment and attitudes of the plantation owners toward their "property" and the resulting behavior and attitudes of the slaves to their owners. By following the lives of these two children through to their adulthood, the utter fear, the disgust and the extreme choices, are made very real. The one consoling factor for the slaves is their faith in God. Grady is willing to take chances to gain his freedom but Anne, "Kitty" will grovel before her mistress to retain her position as a house slave. Though Grady marries Anne in the traditional manner for slaves, he refuses to allow Anne to cower before the threats of their mistress or to be treated in a demeaning manner. When Grady has the chance to run away to join the Union Army and gain his freedom, Anne is given a choice. Paralyzed by her fear of the unknown, Anne remains at the plantation believing she will not face hardships or whippings. When threats of her baby being rip way from her, Anne stands up to her mistress and faces the horror of the penalty of her insubordination. The Union Army Troop to which Grady belongs is making a sweep of all plantations to release all the slaves. Grady finds Anne, rescues her and their son, William. Anne understands what Grady had felt all long about the inhumane treatment slaves had to endure and gladly joins her husband on the path to freedom and a path of faith.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen insightful historical tale 27. Oktober 2004
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf
In 1862 South Carolina, Confederate soldiers warn Missy Claire that 6000 Yanks are marching towards her Plantation and arming slaves. Missy is angry and panicking as she orders her slaves but talks down to them as if they are cattle or pets, which is how she sees them. Field slave Grady informs house slave Kitty that he plans to run away and would like her, the woman he loves, to come with him to freedom. Kitty hesitates as she has lost the ability to make decisions having spent her life having her massahs tell her what to do.

As Kitty struggles whether to run off with Grady or stay with Missy, she reflects back to the early 1850s when she as a child met her young mistress. Kitty, called Anna, back then, had some kittens that Missy wanted, but her mother said no that anything owned by a darkie is diseased. So Missy tells her mom that she wants the darkie as her kitty. Since then Kitty has always done whatever her owner tells her to do, but now with war everywhere can Anna be resurrected from the dead?

This deep look at the lives of slaves and to a lesser degree their owners in the decade just before and during the Civil War is an insightful historical tale. Readers will be stunned by the incredible characterizations inside of a world turned upside down for so many people. The story line rotates between Anna-Kitty and Grady, but fans observe how others in their circle read. Fans of the Antebellum South will want to read the latest Refiner's Fire tale as Lyn Austin hits on all cylinders with a fantastic novel.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fairly good representation of the Civil War South... 1. März 2005
Von Eowyn of Rohan - Veröffentlicht auf
Book 3 of the Refiner's Fire series follows the story of Grady Fletcher, a character of which we see a shadow of in the first book, "Candle in the Darkness." By a cruel twist of fate, Grady was sold when he was a young boy to a cruel his own father.

On the other side, we have the story of Anna, or "Kitty," a house slave who always follows orders from her mistress "Missy," a spoiled brat of a girl who has never given Kitty anything back. Then she meets Grady Fletcher and falls in love with him.

This book was slightly disappointing, in my eyes, because it didn't live up to the book before it, "Fire by Night." Instead, it falls back into the same flaws that "Candle in the Darkness" had. Actually, I rather enjoyed hearing Grady's and Kitty's stories, but the character of Missy was so putrid and such a cement block in the path of a smooth story that it was almost difficult to read. I read the entire book thinking that, at the end, Missy would finally straighten out...but she didn't. What bothered me most about that was the fact that it stays right in line with what seems to be Ms. Austin's theory of Southern Belles: they were all brats who treated their slaves like animals and never, ever, spoke a kind word in their servants' direction. Anyone who has researched the Antebellum South knows that theory is completely incorrect. Yes, I'm sure there were women like Missy, and her character wouldn't have bothered me so much if it didn't seem to be a copy of some of the Southern women in "Candle in the Darkness." In fact, it doesn't seem as if any Southern ladies Lynn Austin writes about have any redeeming qualities with the exception of Caroline Fletcher in book 1.

Besides that one flaw, the book was rather enjoyable. I hope to see more from this author.
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