Thursday, January 18, 2018

Where We Belong

GIVEAWAY
AUSTIN, LYNN
WHERE WE BELONG

Join two incomparable sisters on adventures that span the decades and cross the globe.

In the city of Chicago in 1893, 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.

At 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.

My Review:

An epic tale about two invincible sisters who refuse to be confined by societal expectations. And while a work of fiction Where We Belong reads more like a memoir since it is a collection of memories. In fact, the largest portion of these 470 pages is spent in past decades -- and told from the point of view of four different characters whose stories all interconnect -- the sisters, Rebecca and Flora and their two charges, Kate and Soren.

The story begins with a trek across the Sinai Desert in 1890. These forty-something sisters have led rich, colourful and unorthodox lives and the holy quest they are on provides them with time to reflect on the past decades that have led them to this point. The sisters compliment each other beautifully --- Rebecca is brash and fearless while Flora is more thoughtful and cautious.  And both sisters live their faith deeply. Their love of Jesus shines in everything they do. They are true disciples, acting as the hands and feet of Christ to all those around them. A truly inspiring and fascinating story.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publications and Graf-Martin Publications.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Where We Belong, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooCA. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 20 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

37 comments:

  1. I love unconventional stories of strong and independent Godly women who forge their own way in life and this one sounds perfect! Been a while since I've read an Austin novel, time to play catch-up :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great place to start playing catch-up. Good luck, Trixi.

      Delete
  2. Looks like a great book. I haven't visited much this week as I had shoulder surgery a week ago and i'm in an immobilizer so I;m typing with one finger.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ouch -- hope your recovery is going well! Good luck, Cindy.

      Delete
  3. I have had this one on my list since it first came out. It never crossed my mind that people of the 1890's traveled to Israel on expeditions. I didn't realize it was 470 pages either! I have all but stopped reading anything longer than 380-300 pages max, unless it's a special author I love. Lynn Austin falls into that category. (Francine Rivers new Masterpiece coming in Feb. is 500 pages, eep!)
    Thank you for your generosity Kav!
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Actual twin sisters were the inspiration behind Rebecca and Flora -- though these fictional sisters aren't twins. And yes super long but oddly compelling anyway. lol It took a bit to get into the rhythm of the story but once I did I was hooked. Good luck, Tracey.

      Delete
  4. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing, Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Haven't read any of her books yet. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  6. wow this sounds wonderful and your review makes it even more so.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  7. I’ve heard such great things about this book and others written by Lynn Austin. Can you believe that I’m a fan of historical fiction and haven’t read any of her books yet? I do need to remedy this situation soon.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's hard to keep up with all these stellar authors. Good luck, Mindy.

      Delete
  8. Lynn Austin is an amazing author! Thanks for the giveaway! kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great review! I've never read a Lynn Austin book but this one sounds really good.

    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for sharing your review
    Looks like a Good Historic Read
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  11. I’ve had my eye on this one. Thank you for the chance. Blessings
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  12. This book sounds unique and since Lynn Austin is the author I know it has to be good! Thanks for the chance to win Where We Belong.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
  13. WHERE WE BELONG sounds amazing! I love stories where the characters are unorthodox and bend the "normal" rules. To do it in the 1890's to find a biblical manuscript and spreading your faith along the way just makes it all the more desirable for me to read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Makes the story a whole lot more interesting when the characters don't do what they're supposed to. :-) Good luck, Kay.

      Delete
  14. I love reading about places I haven't visited. It's like taking a mind vacation!
    Dianna

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Exactly -- and you can travel to a lot more places the reading way! Good luck, Dianna.

      Delete
  15. Great writer. Thank you. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

    ReplyDelete
  16. This sounds so interesting. I like historicals based on real situations. The last book I read for 2017 was a Lynn Austin book! Great story. Count me in again, Kav. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good way to start the year then, Paula. Good luck!

      Delete
  17. I absolutely loved Lynn Austin's Refiner's Fire series!
    visionwriter2 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I need to read more of her work. Haven't read that series yet. Good luck, Amber.

      Delete
  18. I read A Proper Pursuit years ago, but not sure if I have read anything else by Lynn.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Here's a good place to get reacquainted with her writing. Good luck, Patty.

      Delete
  19. I have read a several of Lynn Austin's books, but I haven't read "Where We Belong".

    ladysnowangelphotos AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete