Will delight her fans! Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

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about the book....

Join Two Incomparable Sisters on Adventures That Span the Decades And Cross the Globe

In the city of Chicago in 1892, the rules and expectations for Victorian women are strict, their roles in life 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 have taken them out of society ballrooms and delivered them to the Sinai Desert--and into the teeth of a sandstorm.

Accompanied by Soren Petersen, their somber young butler, and Kate Rafferty, a plucky street urchin learning to be their ladies' maid, the two women are on a quest across the desert chasing rumors of an important biblical manuscript.

As the expedition becomes ever more dangerous and uncertain, all four travelers sift through memories and adventures of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the journeys and providence that brought them to this very time and place.

my review....

Lynn Austin has woven together a historically rich novel starring intriguing characters in her latest offering "Where We Belong". Readers are going to love meeting sisters Rebecca and Flora, who utterly ignore the conventions and social rules they are supposed to abide by in a quest to follow their God-given talents and dreams. I would love for my own daughters to encounter these characters as they truly inspire by their courageous and adventurous ways. Now, I will admit that the first third of the book felt like a bit of a slow start to me and I wasn't all that fond of Rebecca initially as she seemed a bit self-centred. However, Austin left room for her to grow, and by the end of the novel both Rebecca and Flora had become quite endearing indeed. I admired their generosity and the way they really put faith into action, bringing orphans and young criminals into their home in an effort to demonstrate God's love in a very real way. By the mid-point of the book I was thoroughly captivated by what I was reading, and I wasn't able to put the book down until I reached the final pages, which left me with a smile on my face. Austin has given her characters depth and realism, and I was all the more impressed when I learned at the back of the book that Austin based these characters on real-life women who truly did gallivant around the globe searching out historical Biblical artefacts! Quite honestly, I wish I'd known that information prior to beginning the book, as I think I would have appreciated the characters all the more knowing that there was at least an element of truth to their actions.

As per usual, Austin has succeeded at creating a novel that will transport readers back in time, a book so deftly written that readers will feel like they are living the adventure along with the characters themselves.  I award this book a solid rating and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Fans of Austin will surely be pleased with this one!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Lynn Austin
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. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

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