Home Light Burning
Jim H. Ainsworth
Jim Ainsworth is a master story- teller. He is cut from the "old rock", the stone of Kelton and Dobie. He is able to weave a story that can transport the reader to a different time and place.
Home Light Burning is a well-written page-turner with crisp prose and dialogue that flows like a spring from a limestone bluff. The plot and pace never bog down.
The main characters, Hy and Lev Rivers, from whom the author is a direct descendant, are passionate but imperfect. They struggle through the incredibly difficult and unjust days of Reconstruction in Texas. The War of Northern Aggression has left them hard, changed men, but unprepared them for the depths of human duplicity and hatred that marked the post-war period in Texas. The love of family, sheer determination and pure luck sustain them in their trials.
Home Light Burning is an excellent novel. This book serves as a prequel to The Rivers Trilogy of novels, an exquisite three volume series also written by Jim Ainsworth. All four books will one day earn their place among the classics of truly Texan literature.
Dr. Stephen L. Turner, author, Westward Quest Series
December 17, 2009
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