Orphaned in a horrible manner when she was only a child, Kitty has known nothing but subservience as a house slave on a big plantation. She actually considers herself lucky to have such a position, when others must toil in the fields. It never occurs to her that she should have an opinion of her own or do anything but follow her owner's commands.

Then she meets Grady, a handsome stable boy who becomes the plantation coachman. Grady hates all whites and vows to escape one day. When the Civil War breaks out, both Grady and Kitty are faced with the most fateful choices of their lives. Is freedom more important than Grady's love for Kitty, and is love stronger than her fear of flight and independence? Together they will need God's grace to help them forgive and to find true freedom.

Austin's gifted pen delivers another vivid and thought-provoking installment of the Refiner's Fire series. The plot slows in spots, but the sympathetic characters and powerful theme make this book well worth the read. (Nov., 432 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson