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Publisher's Summary

Two-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is hailed for her inspiring historical novels. As in Candle in the Darkness Austin transports us back to the turbulence of the Civil War. Julia, a wealthy Philadelphia socialite is forced to overcome great obstacles and look for deeper meaning in her life when her intended describes her as shallow. Despite social restrictions on single women, she pursues a vocation as a battlefield nurse. Julia finds a kindred spirit in Phoebe, a West Virginia farm girl who dresses in men's clothing in order to be a soldier. Strength of character, determination, and faith foster their transformation into womanhood.
Winner of Library Journal's Best Christian Fiction Award for 2003, this novel portrays wholesome values. Christina Moore gives a warm narration of this well-crafted story.
©2003 Lynn Austin (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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"Refreshing, atypical heroines in absorbing parallel plots." (Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Holly on 07-31-12

Another great story

If you could sum up Fire by Night in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, authentic, inspiring

What other book might you compare Fire by Night to and why?

Lynn Austen's books relating to the Civil War have a Gone With the Wind flavor with a heroine you can admire. Her rich detail comes from thorough research that gives this inspiring story and its characters their depth.

What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

Christina Moore always brings the emotion and color that adds so much meaning to the story. Her ability to develop each character with a unique vocal style is the basis of that color.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Once I've been drawn into one of Austen's stories, I just want to stay in it to see how the characters will grow and develop their faith.

Any additional comments?

I think Austen always finds a perfect balance between a message of faith and an engaging example of historical fiction.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 06-18-05

You could listen to this book over and over!

This is one of the best books I ever listened too. It is the story of two young women who are eighteen years old and how they grow up and mature during the last three years of the Civil War.

Each girl takes on very different roles, one as a nurse and one as a soldier, and it is so interesting hearing how they get where they are, and how they live and manage to get by-- and when their paths cross and the soldier is found out to be a woman, they become friends.

This is a story of determination, strength of character, faith and courage, friendship and love, and a realistic view of how things were during and after the battles were fought. The female characters will touch your hearts and the male characters will intrigue you because they have their own stories and struggles within the book-- and the ending is so sweet and so very well done that you might want to listen to it again and again.

This is a fantastic novel and the attention to detail is amazing. The characters live and breathe through the different voice tones of the reader and there is never a dull moment-- and quite a few surprises. It's a story that will be remembered long after the book ends and if you like richly developed plots, a cast of characters that are well defined, and feel good books, you should love this one!

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