Lynn Austin/Stephanie Grace Whitson {author spotlight}


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Putting our favorite authors in the spotlight, highlighting the authors and their works.

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My favorite genre is Historical Fiction.  I read all kinds of authors, from any era, but by favorite subject is 18th century colonial New England.

I have read and enjoyed works by James Michener, Herman Wouk, and David McCullough, to name a few.

Not so long ago I made a conscious choice to read only authors whose books are squeaky clean in language and not earthy or base.  Since that time I have met more new-to-me authors than I can keep up with.  Some write in a historical setting, some contemporary.  Some write books in a series about a particular era or a particular place.  Some mix it up.  I enjoy them all.

There are four Author Spotlights scheduled per year.  This is the first.

Here is a list of my favorite 2015 Authors.  You might enjoy reading more about them by clicking on the link.

  1. Lynn Austin
  2. Stephanie Grace Whitson
  3. Ann Tatlock
  4. Ann H. Gabhart
  5. Patricia Bradley
  6. Jan Karon
  7. Anne Mateer
  8. Eugenia Price
  9. Miss Read
  10. Rayanne Sinclair
  11. Sarah Sundin

Lynn Austin and Stephanie Grace Whitson are tied in first place on my list.  They both write Christian historical fiction.  They have each written 23 or 24 books, of which I have read 9 or 10 each.   Lynn Austin’s books have received one 5-star and five 4-star reviews from me.  Stephanie Grace Whitson’s books have received three 5-star reviews.

Lynn Austin

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From Lynn Austin’s About page on her website:

It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write ..  Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Eight of her historical novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction…

Lynn’s books are available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.  Lynn is also on Facebook and Goodreads.

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My favorite book so far of Lynn Austin’s is Until We Reach Home.  You may read my review by clicking on the title.

This book, and its characters, has really stuck with me.  Lynn Austin is an example of an author who writes both in series and stand alone books, in varying backgrounds and settings.  Until We Reach Home is a story of three sisters who came through Ellis Island in search of a better life in America.

Here’s an excerpt from my review:

It is a compelling story masterfully told in such a way that the reader lives the story along with the characters. The story does not disappear when the book is finished. The characters and their events are that real.

You may also wish to read other reviews of Lynn Austin’s books here.

Stephanie Grace Whitson

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From Stephanie Grace Whitson’s About page on her website:

Award-winning, best-selling novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson began playing with imaginary friends (i.e., writing fiction) when an abandoned pioneer cemetery near the Whitson’s country home provided not only a hands-on history lesson for her four home schooled children, but also a topic of personal study. In 2014, Whitson celebrated her twentieth year as a published novelist. When not writing or researching, she enjoys reading, quilting, spoiling her grandchildren and/or Kona Kai (the golden retriever), and riding her motorcycle named Kitty.

Stephanie Grace Whitson’s books are available on her website.

Stephanie is on Goodreads, Pinterest, and Facebook.  She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, whose history is the source for many of her stories.

WalkstheFire Whitsonbook Whtsonbook My favorite books by Stephanie Grace Whitson are Walks the Fire, Soaring Eagle, and Red Bird, which comprise the Prairie Winds series.

While these books are in a series, they do stand alone, as the characters are in different generations.  While they do not have to be read in order, it is to the reader’s benefit to read all of them, as they do build on each other.

The stories, the history, the characters, their faith … all so intricately woven together in beautiful writing.

From my review of Red Bird:

This book is fabulous! I couldn’t put it down. Little Carrie Brown aka Red Bird, is the main character. She was introduced in Soaring Eagle, who is also a main character of this book. There are many other characters as well, all of whom play an important part in history and in Carrie’s and Soaring Eagle’s life.

Red Bird takes place mostly in Nebraska. It portrays the city of Lincoln in its early growth, the ‘Indian Problem’ relating directly to the Sioux, there relocation and learning to live like the White man, and missionary efforts to educate the’savages’.

I would say, after reading up on the author, that it is her theology which attracts me to her books. Not to minimize her handling of the historical facts and the fictional plot and the characters. Perhaps what I mean is that her writing is so well balanced between all of these areas, including the tightness of the writing, which is amazing for an author with no formal training.

I literally feel as though I have been where Carrie was, and experienced what she went through. I didn’t remember the story from the first reading. Each twist and turn was a surprise to me.

The thing that impresses me about this book is that, while there are abundant mishaps and deviations from the characters’ dreams and plans, the story is never dark or hopeless. The characters are flawed, and yet there is a strong portrayal of our flawless Holy God Who is lovingly in control of all things. I find this to be closer to reality than fiction, so that I also learn and grow with the story.

Again, I love the Scripture at the beginning of each chapter. Thank you, Stephanie, for such a fine series.

To read reviews of Walks the Fire, Soaring Eagle, and Red Bird {to be published soon} click on the titles.  You may wish to read more articles about Stephanie Grace Whitson and her books in these articles.

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