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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Where We Belong - Lynn Austin


 
My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
The Adventure of a Lifetime for Two Indomitable Socialite Sisters
In the city of Chicago in 1892, the rules for Victorian women are strict, their roles limited. But sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian ladies. Their love of adventure and their desire to use their God-given talents has brought them to the Sinai Desert--and into a sandstorm.
Accompanied by Soren Petersen, their somber young butler, and Kate Rafferty, a street urchin who is learning to be their ladies' maid, the two women are on a quest to find an important biblical manuscript. As the journey becomes more dangerous and uncertain, the four travelers sift through memories of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the circumstances that brought them to this time and place.


My Thoughts
What do ancient artifacts, camels, the Chicago fire, sisters, and romance have in common??? LYNN AUSTIN and Where We Belong!!! I have a confession...this was my first Lynn Austin book. I know, I know, put the pitchforks down. But when I saw the cover and the time period(Gilded Age)....I knew I just HAD up read it! What's even better, is that the sisters in this story were inspired by real sisters who travelled and did research and found incredible ancient artifacts...in the 1800s (you can read more about them HERE). These days it is far from unusual to have women scientists and archeologists, researchers and professors...however, in the 1800s, it was highly frowned upon and many doors to women were closed. And it is because of women like this who paved the way for us today.

The heart of the story is of course, Jesus. And how His forgiveness surpasses all of our mistakes. He is waiting for us to surrender the past to Him and let Him heal our hearts. We also take a little peek into the ancient manuscripts that have been found of the Bible and the proof that followed, that even though hundreds....thousands....of years have passed....God's word has not changed. The Bible we read today is the very same Bible that was originally written. 

There were several plot twists and I honestly had no idea HOW this was all going to end. But Lynn Austin did not disappoint. She did a fabulous job weaving the storyline with flashbacks and several different viewpoints. I loved seeing into the past of the main characters. It opens your eyes to why they are the way they are ultimately.
If you are longing for an adventure....this is the book for you! Negotiate with a Bedouin Sheik, overcome the challenges of the past, survive the Chicago fire, and above all, see Jesus work in the lives of normal, everyday people and as a result....see their lives travel down an extraordinary road as they find where they belong.

I received a complimentary copy of Where We Belong from the publishers through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

https://www.amazon.com/Where-We-Belong-Lynn-Austin-ebook/dp/B07117VNMC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510174005&sr=8-1&keywords=where+we+belonghttps://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/where-we-belong-lynn-austin/1125516145?ean=9780764217623#/https://www.christianbook.com/where-we-belong-lynn-austin/9780764217623/pd/217623?product_redirect=1&Ntt=217623&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34020173-where-we-belong?from_search=true

About the Author
Photo Credit: © Cori De Roos
Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan.



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3 comments:

Andrea Stephens said...

You have written a wonderful review, Rachel!
I loved this book too! I loved all the adventures.

Paula said...

This one has caught my eye and you just cemented it’s place on my TBR PILE. Thanks. You need to read more Lynn Austin !

Winnie Thomas said...

Lovely review, Rachel. This book is going on my wish list. Thanks!