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During the Victorian era of 1892, sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian women. They enjoy adventure and end up in the Sinai Desert to find an important biblical manuscript with their butler and ladies' maid in tow. The travelers are hit with a dangerous life threatening sandstorm and now they question what has shaped their lives up to this point.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
E_Espinoza5 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining and upliftingNovember 19, 2017E_EspinozaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Where 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 Gods 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.
thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Where We BelongNovember 18, 2017thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4If you are a bookworm who enjoys lengthy historical romance novels, this one is for you. The story switches back and forth between 1890 to1860 and 1880s. It is told from 4 characters' perspectives: sisters, Rebecca and Flora Hawes, their butler, Soren Petersen, and their lady's maid, Kate Rafferty. Taking place on a Sinai expedition in 1890 and constantly shifting to Chicago 1860s. The novel is divided into 5 parts, first focusing in Rebecca, then Flora, Petersen and finally Kate then ending with Rebecca.
The story opens up in the Sinai desert as the sisters and their 2 young servants, as they make their way to the basilica of St. Catherine. With alternating chapters to the past. Each character reflects on their past leading them to the present.
I enjoyed the plot and the way the story was told. I don't usually enjoy books with multiple points of view, I like sticking to a one protagonist plot, but this novel was highly entertaining. The character development is excellent and the pace of the novel is good. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy middle east/Israel history, as most of the story takes place in this area. This book is definitely for the committed bookworm since it's over 450 pages long. I'm a slow reader on purpose who likes to take her time so getting through the whole book took lots of commitment.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
RatGirl245 Stars Out Of 5Uplifting tale of sisters who refuse to be judged by or live their lives by societies' standards.November 18, 2017RatGirl24Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5God 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 Gods calling. They dont let Victorian standards get in their way. Thanks to their Father, they dont 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 characters point of view. Rebeccas stories sandwich Flora, Soren and Kates 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 sisters 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 authors descriptions made me feel as if I was there and a part of the story.
Be sure to read the Authors 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!
Rating: 5 stars
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5A Historical Novel Of The Scientific Dilemma Of The 1860s-1890sNovember 14, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Where We Belong by Lynn Austin is the story of the bond of two sisters, Rebecca and Flora, who are on what may be their final adventure together. In the 1890s, they're forced to rely on God to give them the courage and the wisdom to face a dangerous sandstorm while lost in the desert with their two young servants and an agitated sheikh, who harbors hidden motives for helping them.
The sisters and their servants find themselves passing time by recalling past adventures and travels from their childhood in 1860s Chicago, as well as key moments leading them to their present circumstances. How did they get to the desert? What do they hope to find? Will God's will be on their side, as it has in the past?...
Filled with period-accurate theological debates on evolution and scientific evidences into the accuracy of the Bible, Lynn has presented a vivid window into the case for Christianity during the designated era.
I found the story to be relatively slow in sections while being vivid enough that parts read more like a screenplay than a novel. Also, while the book is divided into parts for each of the main characters, the entire book is written in the third person and only a few very small scenes repeat from a different person's perspective. Overall, you get a full picture of each scene as it plays out, regardless as to which character the focus is supposed to be on.
I think this is a good historical novel for anyone interested in the time period and the scientific dilemma imposed on Christians during the era. 3/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
SheReads4 Stars Out Of 5Entertaining adventure!November 13, 2017SheReadsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Two sisters, Rebecca and Flora Hawes lived in Chicago in 1892. At that time a lot was expected of them. They were not your typical ladies of that area. They could do whatever they wanted as their father let them have free rein. They loved history and adventure, so that is the direction they went. They learned different languages and went to many different places ending up in a sand storm in the Sinai Desert where they were on a quest to find an important biblical manuscript. This is a very entertaining as well as historical novel.