Where We Belong

Where We Belong

by Lynn Austin

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Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780764217623
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 161,216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Lynn Austin has sold more than 1.5 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 a 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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Where We Belong 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
LizR1990 10 months ago
A fun read about a pair of adventurous sisters who were ahead of their time. This story is full of love and excitement from Chicago to banks of the Nile as Rebecca and Flora pursue their dream of tracking down certain important, biblical artifacts. Along the way they build an unconventional family and find themselves right where they belong.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of Lynn Austin’s and collect her books. They are always well written and very entertaining. This book showcased once again her talent for writing. I found its style to be a bit different than in the past but the book was still a 5 star! The story was made even more intriguing by the fact that it was based on a true story. Sister’s Rebecca and Flora Hawes lived during the 1800’s. Even in this day they would be a most unique and non-conventional pair, but more so in the era they lived. Women just didn’t do what they did, especially from those in upper society. From a young age they both loved to travel but especially the oldest Rebecca. Their widowed father raised them to be self-sufficient, educated and has a strong faith in God. Through smart investing he became an incredibly wealthy man. Upon his death, their inheritance made them rich beyond imagination. Unlike most people they did not squander it nor were they prideful. They shunned elite society’s customs and imposed duties. Their focus was on God, His plan for their lives, and how their fortune could benefit others. Through the years from their youth to adulthood they face so many changes, some very difficult but they never took their eyes off the Lord. It tickled me how the older sister, Rebecca always came up with the crazy adventure ideas and never failed to persuade Flora to come along even if she didn’t want to! I loved living through their bold exploits. I think the one I liked the best is when they skipped school to go work in a factory to see what it was like for the poor employees there. As I read, knowing these women really existed and did these things, it made the story that much more entertaining. They had a delightful and quirky sense of humor which I loved. Their favorite saying of mine was, “God knows the hour of our end, so there's no need to worry" and was frequently followed by, “But I hope it’s not right now”. If found the book not only enjoyable but inspiring. Another incredible Lynn Austin read! I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Mylittlebirdie More than 1 year ago
Where We Belong is dual timeline story about the lives of sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes. Despite what the book's synopsis has you believe, there is a lot more to the story than one trip to the Sinai. Born in the mid-1800's during a time when women's roles in the family and in society were very strict and limited, the Hawes sisters had a rather unusual upbringing. It was exciting to read about all of the ways that Rebecca and Flora grew during their teen and young adult years. As they aged, the sisters learned about the world around them and how they fit into it. With an emphasis in trusting the Lord's timing and His plan for our lives, this is a story that is universally applicable to all of us!
emontes More than 1 year ago
Lynn Austin is an amazing writer with the ability to immerse the reader into a different time and place. It's like you are in a dream-like state feeling and seeing the past and traveling to exotic places. This story centers around two sisters, Flora and Becky, each with different personalities but both raised to love the Lord and have faith. Rebecca is the stronger woman, the one who doesn't like to adhere to socialite ways. Both of them are adventurous and travel to Egypt,and Israel on archaeological journeys. Rebecca has a strong sense of fulfilling God's will, which she believes is found in her adventures. Flora is altruistic and sweet, with a bit of naivite'. The story takes the reader from Chicago to foreign lands, where you will meet all kinds of characters. Although my preference is for biblical history. I love Lynn's Gods and Kings series, I found myself entranced by theses sister's journeys. Having been to Egypt myself, I felt like I had returned. to the same spot again just by the way Lynn Austin described the scenery and people. It's pretty cool!
rkfall More than 1 year ago
Historical Christian Fiction at its best!! Wow, Lynn Austin paints an incredible story of these 2 sisters who really lived in history. Although this is a fictional story of the sisters, it just makes you want to know them. The impact for the Kingdom of God is amazing! Somethings I loved: their motto to rest and not fear because God knows the number of our days and their travels to exotic places with amazing discoveries and very realistic sea journeys. You'll feel all sorts of emotions with this one, and be thankful for each one. I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. I think this was a tad bit different for Lynn Austin. I loved the areas that the characters traveled to. I did not want to put this book down. This went from the past and the present to explain each of the characters. Rebecca and Flora were two very unique Victorian women. Not many people would have the types of adventures that they had even today. This made me laugh and cry. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
VJones More than 1 year ago
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Where We Belong, by Lynn Austen is set in 1892 in Chicago. Rebecca and Flora Hawes are sisters in this Victorian Age. However, instead of enjoying balls at home they head to the Sinai Desert. Their butler Soren Petersen and Kate Rafferty, a lady's maid in training, formerly from the street, are accompanying the sisters as they are looking for a biblical manuscript. This is not an easy trip. They face many dangers, which cause each of them to look at their past and what has made each of them the person they are today. I went on the journey with these travelers as I followed along page-by-page. It was also interesting to see how the author was able to instill her faith in God throughout the book. I enjoy books about history and all the adventures it took to create the world today. This was a wondrous book and I highly recommend it. I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, so this is my first time reading a book by Lynn Austin and it was the best historical fiction I’ve ever read! I’ll admit it did take me a few chapters to fully get into it, but when I did….. I just had to keep going. I found Rebecca and Flora so easy to connect with on different levels. Lynn did a great job of giving them distinctive personalities, because I personally don’t see that done well in a lot of books today. Rebecca’s love for history reminded me of my love for Roman history. Flora’s sensitivity and love towards orphans reminded me of my sensitivity for the homeless/abused. I do wish Flora’s husband, Edmund, had been in the story more towards the end…. but I’m glad everything turned out well. Soren was probably my favorite character because his past pulled me in. I’m sure multiple knives went through my heart as I read his sad parts, which I will not spoil here. I’m so glad how things turned out for him. ❤ Kate, on the other hand, just drove me crazy! Perhaps it was just her personality, but I didn’t not find how defiant and outspoken she was very intriguing. It turned me off. Later, when I read about her past, it made more sense for her behavior…. although she still isn’t my favorite. The story was super interesting and I was drawn in, like I said, after a few chapters. I’ll admit it did take me most of the month of November to finish the book, but that shows me that Lynn Austin’s books are good for cozy reads under a nice warm blanket during cold weather. I really liked how the back-stories and the main story were weaved in together. It made for a nice read! On a side note, I think this book would be better for the mid-teens because Kate does have a rough past (one that isn’t exactly appropriate for younger readers) and there are mentions of death throughout the book. Content Warnings: Semi-detailed romance (mentions of female character desiring a male partner beside her, kisses, courtship, etc); very little violence; a word that is used in a bad way today was not a bad word during the time period in this book I received this book for Bethany House (thanks so much! I enjoyed the book ) in exchange for an honest review. I was not obliged to give a positive one. This review was written in my own words and opinions. Posted on my blog, Purely by Faith Reviews.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
Where We Belong, by Lynn Austin, is truly an unforgettable work of historical fiction. Sweeping across multiple decades and continents, this epic novel is engrossing and thoroughly entertaining as it tells the remarkable story of two sisters bonded together in love and loyalty. As the sisters earnestly seek to discover God’s specific purposes for their lives they demonstrate determination, courage, and faith while they bravely pursue meaningful adventures that are often fraught with peril. Where We Belong is an enthralling novel that is as well-researched and skillfully written as it is filled with heart and hope. From the intriguing plot, to the extraordinary characters, to the unforgettable settings, to the compelling themes, this thoughtful novel delighted my imagination and easily held my attention page after page making it the type of book I long to savor and enjoy. Where We Belong is a novel that enriched my life with hours of pleasurable reading time. It is a joy and a privilege to recommend it enthusiastically to all readers. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have freely written, whether positive or negative, contains thoughts and opinions that are entirely my own.
Ratgirl24 More than 1 year ago
“God knows when the hour of our end will be” and “rich or poor, we each have a God-given calling to fulfill” are the primary themes of this novel. Rebecca and Flora Hawes are sisters who truly take this to heart and spend their lives finding and fulfilling God’s calling. They don’t let Victorian standards get in their way. Thanks to their Father, they don’t spend their days attending parties and looking for husbands but travel the Earth in search of and accomplishing their calling. This book is five large sections with one from each of the four main character’s point of view. Rebecca’s stories sandwich Flora, Soren and Kate’s and tell how their lives intertwine. The book begins in the Sinai Desert in 1890 and spans 30 years. The chapters jump to a different time in the sister’s lives before returning to 1890. With some books, this can be confusing but not in this case. As with all Lynn Austin novels, the timelines were well thought out and executed. This book was very well researched. I enjoyed learning about Chicago, the Sinai Dessert and the Monastery of St. Catherine. The author’s descriptions made me feel as if I was there and a part of the story. Be sure to read the Author’s Note at the end as this book was based on two sisters who really existed! Release Publication Date: October 3, 2017 Genre: Fiction, Historical, Christian Cover: Beautiful and absolutely perfect! Source: I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in return for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this great book!
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
candicervaldez More than 1 year ago
This is a story of the life of two sisters. It is told from each of their point of views and then, later, from the point of view of two other characters. I enjoyed reading the story from one persons point of view and then getting the other side of the story. It was a slow read at the beginning and took me some time to get invested in it. I felt like Rebecca came across bratty at times and needed to get her way, but aren't we all like that at some points in our lives? She began to grow on me as she got older and I love how the faith in each girl matured and they were always dedicated to finding out the purpose and reason that God put them on this earth. A delightful read that I would recommend to anyone. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
Even at nearly 500 pages, which is longer than I usually go for these days (simply due to lack of time to spend on a single book), I remained interested for this whole novel. I liked the structure of the story, how it moves back and forth through time. It reveals bits of the tale in the "present," 1890, and then travels to the past to fill in the puzzle pieces. I found Part One, from Rebecca's perspective, to be the strongest, but the other characters, and their respective parts, didn't do as much for me. Part Three in particular seems like a rushed section of background information that only has enough time for the highlights, so it becomes melodramatic, almost simplistic. Considering the novel's general pacing, it might have taken an additional book to bring out a richness in each character's part. The romances in the story are underdeveloped, and one of them diminishes the greater purpose of the sisters' expedition, overshadowing a search holding such momentous international and historical implications with a more narrow quest for a husband. Also, the characters' eyes begin welling up too frequently. Well-placed crying or evidence of tears can be powerful, but when tears come up on so many occasions, the characters come off as weepy, and what could have been poignant starts to feel maudlin. Nevertheless, the overall storytelling was enjoyable for me, as I'm sure it will be for many other historical ChristFic readers. ______________ Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
mamee189 More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic and beautifully weaved story! Lynn Austin's writing has the power to draw you into each characters' life. Her powerful story telling puts you right into the center of the action and transports you away from where you are. Yet again I found myself unable to stop reading this book until I had read it from cover to cover. Along the way I discovered encouragement for my own life by taking inspiration from Rebecca, who no matter what, always stayed true to herself and her calling. There is also a great reminder that every person has a story that has brought them to the place they are currently in, but it is never too late to redeem yourself. So much heart and soul is found on the pages of this book that I find it hard to believe that the characters aren't real people that I know. Becky and Flora have become dear friends along the way and I find myself missing them already and hoping that I will meet them again soon. Where We Belong is a masterpiece that everyone should read again and again!
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very inspiring with had a great writing and compelling to read with a long journey of two sister in 1892 had been discovery the other side of the world that was totally different from where they belong in to the Sinai the Middle East of Desert with hope and love that God had challenge them. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”. Lynn Austin, bestselling author she had sold more than one million copies of her book worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novel, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live in Michigan.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Where We Belong is a story where you have two sisters and the teenager they took in the off the streets, whom they are trying to turn around, and their 19-year-old Butler. Rebecca fell in love with the Professor and he her but she won't marry him unless he straightens everyone out on the trip or she will stays there like her sister for the rest of her life . This journey is to see Jesus this site are so very important to them. They are such a journey, you just won't believe it. There is much adventure on this trip . Will it work out for Rebecca? Will she be able to marry her professor or be a spinster for the rest of her life ? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Where We Belong is the newest release by Lynn Austin. I thought the book was good. I did get a little confused with it going between and forth at first but did start get used to it half way through. I personally enjoyed the historical scenes the most. It is full of faith and inspiration with a wonderful message for all to learn. I look forward to more by Lynn Austin in the future and would give this book four stars. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I really wanted to like this book, but the author [1] ultimately made it impossible for me to do so.  First, there is the matter of the main characters of this book, a pair of wealthy and pampered women of the liberal set who believe that being rich and reasonably attractive and extremely bright and also devoted to community service absolve them from the need to be honest or likable people.  It is hard to remember ever reading about two more insufferable Mary Sues in my experience reading literature.  Then there are the side characters, some predictably gold-digging suitors related to the woman who narrowly avoided becoming their horrible stepmother, a sheikh obsessed with having a son, a penniless professor who ends up marrying one of the sisters, a young orphan whose abuse at an orphanage leads him to risk an attempted murder rap to try to get back at the man who separated him from his half-brother, and an unlikable thief who ends up being a rape victim--rather predictably so, unfortunately.  The end result is a paint-by-numbers novel that ends happily and hopes that the reader overlooks all of the unpleasant business that led to the denouement. As a novel, this one is nearly 300 pages in the version I read and thankfully it was not too long of a novel.  It was, unfortunately, not very pleasant to read.  Admittedly, the author is clearly polished and knows how to structure her novel with multiple pov characters, and plenty of action.  There is suspense, there is the way that the novel at least is based on reality, even if it reads like a failed pitch for a Lifetime movie.  So if this was not a novel I enjoyed reading all that much, it was at least the work of someone who is competent in some aspects of writing, and who clearly is writing for an audience--specifically an audience of women who claim a belief in the Bible, have a high degree of romantic inclination, and who are not particular about godly practice in the service of liberal and humanitarian aims.  Unfortunately, I am not this book's intended audience, even if I can recognize that the novel has a certain amount of excitement and allure in its treatment of the Civil War, the dangers of traveling in the 19th century Middle East, the excitement of reading about liberated female protagonists, and the drama of the Chicago fire of 1871, all of which find their way being used as grist for this novel's message. Unfortunately, while this book is not a complete waste of time or a completely incompetent novel, it ultimately has too many strikes against it to make it a novel I enjoyed reading or could recommend to others.  Not only does it have two main characters who are very difficult to like because the novelist seems to view them as basically ideal women and overlooks their many lapses in decorum and kindness towards others whom they deem to be greedy or somehow unworthy of their sympathy, as well as an uneven host of supporting characters who range from the fairly likable Soren to the extremely irritating Kate.  On top of the cliched characterization--it is especially offensive that I was able to tell from Kate's original feistiness and difficulty getting along with and trusting others that she had been sexually abused from her introduction as a character--the author also manages to offend the reader by calling the Civil War "The War Between The States," which is s
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Where We Belong, by Lynn Austin, is the narrative of two wealthy Chicago sisters, Rebecca Hawes and Flora Merriday, who find God's purpose for their lives, one exotic journey at a time. We are treated to enticing slices of life as we take part with the characters in the Chicago fire, over crowded orphanages in late 1800's, and Arabian culture surrounding sheiks. The sisters are confronted with many trying circumstances. However, one of them is sure to remind the other to trust in the Lord and His faithfulness to deliver them from their problems. This is very inspirational. If God can help the Hawes sisters in their extreme predicaments,surelyHe can help any of us in any difficulty in which we may find ourselves. The book is very informative; sometimes it is just a little bogged down by author's efforts to explain the gospel or theology. Quotable: "This is where we belong, isn’t it? On the path that leads to serving God? Isn’t that the essence of faith—walking forward, trusting what you can’t see?” I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This in no way influenced my opinions of the book, for which I am solely responsible.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
“God Knows when the end of our days will bee. We have nothing to fear.” Lynn Austen's Where We Belong is a Christian Historical Fiction novel inspired by twin sisters, Agnes and Margaret Smith. The story takes place in between 1860 and 1890 and focuses on sisters Rebecca and Flora, who grow bored of school and decide to go on an adventure. They get all the information needed to take a trip and present it to their father. This is just the beginning of their travels. The sisters are currently on a trip to the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai in search of early manuscripts of the Bible. The sisters have taken along two young people they have recently employed. Soren is their butler and Katie is learning to be a lady's maid. Soren and Kate both have done things in their past that have taken them to jail and the sisters taken them in. Soren and Katie do not get along at all. As the group travel, they each have memories of their past come back to them. This is a very good book and brings out the theme that not every one believes the Bible is the way it was originally written. Rebecca's boyfriend does not believe and she refuses to marry him because of this. The topic of faith and prayer is also very strong in the story. I really enjoyed this story, I especially like the questions the sisters had about what God's plan was for them. I think anyone who enjoys reading of adventure as well as historical fiction with enjoy this story. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing and I have written this honest review.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a well-written, heart-wrenching story that will have you reaching for a tissue! In the city of Chicago, 1892, join sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes as they go from one exciting escapade to another following God’s plan for their lives. Older sister Rebecca is constantly encouraging Flora to step outside the box. After all, “a boring life is hardly worth living”. Two other of my favorite quotes sprinkled throughout the book were, “no trees grow to the sky” and “the Lord knows when the end of our days will be”. As they sift through the memories of their past, Rebecca, Flora, Edmund, Kate, Soren, and Timothy have soul-searching moments. The reader will discover their own soul-searching moments as well. Author Lynn Austin’s attention to detail and her research make this story come alive. It is filled with adventure, inspiration and love. I recommend adding Where We Belong to your to-be-read stash! I was given a complimentary copy by the author and publisher for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True to Lynn Austin form, this is a very well written, fast moving, exciting, loveable and relatable book. The 2 sister’s story is set up in they style normal for Ms. Austin, switching between past and present, focusing on mainly 1 character’s POV at a time. The way this is done makes understanding backstory much more pleasant, and really gives you a feel for each of the main characters. This being Christian fiction, I do love how the message of the gospel and how different bible stories become relatable to both the characters and to the reader. The author does not shy away from her beliefs, and does not water them down as some other Christian fiction does tend to. At the same time, it’s not written in a manner that is overly preachy. One thing I really enjoy about this book (and most of Lynn Austin’s work) is her focus and creation of strong heroines. She is not afraid to let them shine, as well as fail when need be. They are written true to their time, but at the same time – can be people you know and aspire to be in this day and age as well. Both Rebecca and Flora are both strong in their own ways – and a want to be taken seriously (mostly by men and authority figures) in a way that is sadly still applicable today. The bond between the sisters, though having differences of opinions and tempers is unshakeable – even able to stand the friction of romantic partners. Their relationship was written in a believable way, allowing differences of temper, opinion and the tendency for the oldest sibling to be the bossiest. To keep from spoilers I will say I always enjoy the romantic tension written into Ms. Austin’s stories, and this was no different. The choice of choosing from your heart, or choosing from your head is a timeless one. I appreciated the different portrayals of love this story had to offer, and the decision to go with what society offered, versus something more in line with God’s plan for your life – was well displayed and refreshing. As for Kate and Soren, they’re stories were enjoyable, but I appreciated even more their character development and traits. Soren had the loyalty of Flora and her tender heart. Kate on the other hand had Rebecca’s stubborn independence and need to be able to be in charge of her own life/self. I found their stories just as interesting as the main line. Beyond having the ability to move me to laughter, tears and spiritual revelations, another thing I enjoy about Lynn Austin’s writing – is I always get to learn a little something about history/setting. I had recently read a nonfiction work about her own pilgrimage to the Holy Land – and now greatly enjoyed seeing it fleshed out in the backdrop of the 1890’s. I also was not aware of the breadth of devastation the Chicago Fire had caused. In the end Ms. Austin shows the overlying picture of how even in the midst of what can seem like a doomed season – God’s hand is still upon us, and we still have lessons to learn from Him. Another 5/5 for me, and a new favorite added to my shelf.
justcallmegrammy More than 1 year ago
Lynn Austin is my favorite historical fiction author. Her newest book Where We Belong is a fascinating story inspired by twin sisters who did some pretty remarkable things in the mid 1800's including discovering a copy of the Gospels in a monastery on Mt. Sinai. Great new book for a chilly fall weekend read.