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.
Title: Where We Belong
Series (if applicable): N/A
Author: Lynn Austin
Publisher (if applicable): Bethany House
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Young Adult
Okay, so this is my first time reading a book by Lynn Austin and it was the best historical fiction I’ve ever read! I’ll admit it did take me a few chapters to fully get into it, but when I did….. I just had to keep going.
I found Rebecca and Flora so easy to connect with on different levels. Lynn did a great job of giving them distinctive personalities, because I personally don’t see that done well in a lot of books today. Rebecca’s love for history reminded me of my love for Roman history. Flora’s sensitivity and love towards orphans reminded me of my sensitivity for the homeless/abused. I do wish Flora’s husband, Edmund, had been in the story more towards the end…. but I’m glad everything turned out well.
Soren was probably my favorite character because his past pulled me in. I’m sure multiple knives went through my heart as I read his sad parts, which I will not spoil here. I’m so glad how things turned out for him. ❤
Kate, on the other hand, just drove me crazy! Perhaps it was just her personality, but I didn’t not find how defiant and outspoken she was very intriguing. It turned me off. Later, when I read about her past, it made more sense for her behavior…. although she still isn’t my favorite.
The story was super interesting and I was drawn in, like I said, after a few chapters. I’ll admit it did take me most of the month of November to finish the book, but that shows me that Lynn Austin’s books are good for cozy reads under a nice warm blanket during cold weather. I really liked how the back-stories and the main story were weaved in together. It made for a nice read! 🙂
On a side note, I think this book would be better for the mid-teens because Kate does have a rough past (one that isn’t exactly appropriate for younger readers) and there are mentions of death throughout the book.
Semi-detailed romance (mentions of female character desiring a male partner beside her, kisses, courtship, etc); a character named Kate has a past that isn’t appropriate (gets trapped in a room with other women and men come to see them…. you get the picture.); very little violence; a word that is used in a bad way today was not a bad word during the time period in this book
I received this book from Bethany House (thanks so much! I enjoyed the book 🙂 ) in exchange for an honest review. I was not obliged to give a positive one.
This review was written in my own words and opinions.