Candle in the Darkness

From  Ginny  Pisciotta
Author:  Lynn Austin
Candle in the Darkness
Caroline Fletcher is the daughter of a wealthy slave owner in Virginia.  Unlike her family and most everyone around her, she has always thought of slaves as people and friends rather than property. Her feelings against slavery grow stronger as she witnesses the horrific injustices  against slaves in both her own city home and on her uncle’s plantation.  After the death of her mother she is sent to live with relatives in Philadelphia where she meets abolitionist  Rev. Nathaniel Greene and becomes convinced she must help the abolitionist cause.

She eventually returns home, falls in love and becomes engaged.  Before she can get married, Virginia secedes from the Union and war breaks out.  Her fiancé, and other loved ones go to fight on the side of the Confederacy.  She does her part to help care for the thousands of injured Confederate soldiers.  When she is contacted by a cousin from Philadelphia who is now a prisoner of war near her home, she visits him. Knowing her feelings about slavery, he asks her to help him and other union soldiers to escape, and also to act as a spy giving the North whatever information she finds out.

Caroline has a difficult and dangerous decision to make.  Should she act as a spy for the north to help bring freedom to the slaves, but betray the man she loves, family and friends?  If caught she would most likely be hung.   People are already suspicious of her because of her views on slavery.

Candle in the Darkness is a riveting novel that asks hard questions, vividly portrays the horrors of slavery and of war, and shows how quickly lives and lifestyles can be irrevocably changed .

This is the first title in the Refiner’s Fire series.  The other 2 are Fire by Night and A Light to My Path.