Review: Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

March 22, 2018

Title: Where We Belong
Author: Lynn Austin
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 480
ISBN: 972-0-7642-1762-3
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017

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.
Oh, goodness...Lynn Austin is an amazing storyteller! Historical fiction, Biblical fiction, contemporary, it doesn't matter what the setting of the story is, you know that when you read a book by her, it will transport you to somewhere new.

Where We Belong is an interesting story that takes place in several eras in time through Rebecca and Flora's lives. We are introduced to them when they are older and they are looking back on their lives and decisions on life. In the process of looking back, we are waiting also to see what decision Rebecca will make that will affect her future.

Along with Flora and Rebecca, we are introduced and surrounded to an amazing cast of secondary characters. They are able to add so many different layers and enhance the story.

Lynn Austin was able to weave this story flawless though the time jumps and was able to show the maturity of the characters as they learned from life and the experiences they lived. Rebecca and Flora were women ahead of their time with their desire to travel and see the world. The descriptions in the writing were fantastic and transported me as I read. 

I started to read this story, but with work, it was hard to sit continuously to read, so I bought an audiobook. The narrator was fantastic at reading this story. She was able to add another depth to it and bring it to life.

This was a great historical fiction book.

Too Read 
4 out of 5

About the Author:
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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Thank you to the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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