Historical Fiction Book Review: Where We Belong

Publisher's Description

"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 Review

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.

My Reflection

It is very precious to me when truth is artfully depicted in fictional writing. This novel abounds with the treasure of God’s truth and the reality of his love. My own, personal faith has been nurtured by the example the sisters established within the pages of this novel. Though the sisters experience tragedies, dangers, difficulties, and uncertainties, they consistently approach these situations with a level of faith that I find wholly inspiring and uplifting. They fully trust that their very lives are held safely and securely in God’s hands, so fear is utterly unnecessary. They hold firmly to the truth that God’s plans for them are good, so they are able to live their lives with an unprecedented boldness and unwavering faith totally believing that they, their talents, and their resources can and will be used for the glory of God’s Kingdom. Even when their plans give way and unexpected paths unfurl before them, they fix their gaze steadily upon God wholeheartedly believing in his abiding love.

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*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. 


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