Jane Austin does a superb job of dealing with issues of the heart and historical/social issues. The main character is a young socialite from the North during the Civil War era. At first she is self-serving and attempts to please and impress men by her actions. She learns during the course of the war that service to your fellow man must come from the heart as the result of loving and serving God. The descriptions of the Civil War are vivid, realistic and often times heart-wrenching.
I have always enjoyed Lynn Austin's novels and Fire By Night did not disappoint. The characters were incredible because she allowed you to feel their experiences during this tragic time. I did not even imagined the magnitude of the war and what Lynn Austin allowed us to see through her words was especially revealing. Everything seemed very well researched and thought out, and the details were staggering. She showed what happened in the North with the slaves, the wealthy socialites, and the people that went to war to serve their cause. I believe Lynn Austin to be a top writer in Christian fiction. FYI, people who read this novel need to realize that the civil war was gruesome and that the cruel reality of it is portrayed in this book.
I am reading this series as a series this time. I really liked this book for the nursing aspect of it since I am an RN. I have done a fair amount of reading about this time of American history so was interested to read her accuracy about Florence Nightingale and Dorothea Dix. Again, I am recommending this book to others
I love this book!!! The writer gives a very real picture of life in the Civil War. Also the romance has excellent chemistry. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. The other books are excellent as well.