Thursday, November 12, 2020

Book Review: Where We Belong by Lynn Austin


About the Book

Where We Belong
by Lynn Austin

Description from Goodreads: 

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.


Where We Belong by Lynn Austen is a clean Christian historical fiction set in Chicago in the mid-to-late 1800s.

This book follows the story of two remarkable women who use their privileges to help other instead of just themselves. They travel the world, fall in love, and help transform their community, especially after the Chicago fire.

This story was so interesting! It was a little slow, but the details in the story and the lives of the two sisters were fascinating. It followed the lives of the sisters for decades, showing their personal growth and experiences and the impact they had on the community. There was a little bit of romance, but it was more of a side plot in the story of the women’s lives. The story and the characters had depth, and there were many words of wisdom interspersed into it about God and the Bible.

Part of the book takes place in Chicago and part of it in the Middle East during the women’s travels. One of the sisters had a passion for archeology, and they spent weeks traipsing through the desert in search of ancient Bible manuscripts and having memorable adventures. Some of those adventures were the most fun parts of the story.

This was a very well-written book, and I would definitely recommend it to others.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher. Everything I wrote is my honest, personal opinion, and I wasn’t compensated for sharing it.

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