“Make new friends, but keep the old—one is silver and the other gold.”
In contrast to the cultural themes these first two authors weave through nearly all their books, Lynn Austin is a writer who seems to defy being put in a box—except that she writes almost exclusively historical fiction. But her settings range from the 1860s East Coast to Depression Era Kentucky to World War II Michigan to ancient—and modern—Israel. One thing she does consistently deliver is a gripping, unpredictable, and satisfying story. The first book of hers I read, Candle in the Darkness, about the awakening of conscience in a southern belle during the Civil War, remains one of the most powerful works of historical fiction I’ve come across. The Refiner’s Firesequels delivered well also, and I loved the three intertwining storylines—and Israeli historical eras—in Wings of Refuge. Her newest release, Wonderland Creek, proved a most charming and unusual read too. My fellow historical writer and critique partner Marilyn and I discovered we were enjoying it at the same time!