Where We Belong

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Despite Victorian society's strict rules for women, Rebecca and Flora Hawes' desire for adventure has led them to the Sinai Desert. Accompanied by their young butler and their maid, the sisters search for a biblical manuscript. On their exotic journey, they experience challenges and wonders, and recall the events that brought them to this time and place.

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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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Lynn Austin
Lynn Austin has authored several works of fiction, including Eve's Daughters, winner of the Silver Angel Award, and Hidden Places, a Christy Award finalist. In addition to writing, Lynn is a popular speaker at conferences, retreats, and various church and school events. She and her husband have three children and make their home in Illinois. Website: www.lynnaustin.org
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A new book from my favourite author!
Reviewed by Lauren on 20 October 2017  (Format reviewed: Hardcover)
With her remarkable turn of phrase and vivid descriptions, Lynn Austin’s books are very hard to put down. Few authors have the ability to bring history to life as she does. Her characters become friends with whom readers can relate and empathise. As these characters navigate their way through the twists and turns of the story, the reader is challenged and encouraged by the way in which they live out or wrestle with their Christian faith. I was given a digital version of ‘Where We Belong’ to read and review. I must confess, it is the first time I’ve read a complete book on Kindle, and I won’t hurry to do so again. I found it difficult to get lost in the tablet as I do the pages of a book! Inspired by a true story, ‘Where We Belong’ takes readers on a journey through time as two sisters, Rebecca and Flora, take adventures across the globe. It is a story of struggle; resisting pressure from others to conform to expectation and the rules of propriety, and striving to discover God’s purpose in and will for their lives. The story is set in ‘present day’ 1890, and narrates through recollections of the lives of these and other characters. The changing timeframes and vast scope of life experience therein limited the extent to which I felt I knew the characters compared to a dozen other Lynn Austin books I’ve read, and there were some events about which I’d have like to read a lot more. However, I really enjoyed the book. I empathised with the characters, ‘lived’ the ups and downs of their experiences and lost myself in the scenes of their adventures! Having had the opportunity to travel to some of the places the sisters visit, I was transported to another time and place – I could smell the markets of Cairo, and I could taste the desert sand, waking up in a flimsy tent in the middle of nowhere! Lynn Austin is an outstanding author. With her powerful descriptions and personable characters, she takes her readers on a journey. However, my favourite aspect of her writing is the way she weaves scripture and discipleship into the story. ‘Where We Belong’ contains a plethora of food for thought, but the strongest messages are about faith. Flora poses the question, “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?" As the book unfolds, the two sisters ‘live out’ their faith as they seek to serve God. The real-life sisters who inspired the novel had a motto which Lynn Austin borrowed, “God knows when the end of our days will be. We have nothing to fear.” In today’s uncertain world, we need to be reminded of and encouraged by that!
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Product Details

Product #: 693357

Status: Out of Print

Date Published: 03 Oct 2017

ISBN-10: 076423000X

ISBN-13: 9780764230004

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Subjects: Fiction - Historical

Category: Books - Fiction

Weight: 685 g

Size: 8.5in x 5.5in