Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Where We Belong

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 ur...

Details Where We Belong

TitleWhere We Belong
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction

Reviews Where We Belong

  • Karen
    An inspiring historical tale based in part on the lives of two remarkable real-life sisters whose courage and faith led them to follow their dreams against societal norms, and make an amazing discovery that rocked the world. The story begins in 1890 while the pair are on a difficult trek to an ancient monastery in the Sinai Desert. Told in retrospect, a clear picture emerges of each character and how they all ended up on this dangerous journey to...
  • Sarah Monzon
    I picked up this book for one reason--Lynn Austin! I'm a big fan of her books. Wonderland Creek is my jam. A Woman's Place, epic. I could go on and on.Where We Belong starts in the late 1880's (90's? One of those...) and that is the "present day". Here we are introduced to Rebekah, Flora, Peterson, and Kate. Each character takes turns recounting their lives and how they got to where they are.The goal, motivation, and conflict...three elements ess...
  • Brenda
    I was introduced to Lynn Austin's books this past summer when Lynn was a featured speaker at a local Public Library event. Lynn was invited to talk about her latest book (at that time), Waves of Mercy. Waves of Mercy is set in my hometown, Holland Michigan, where Lynn also lives (I have since discovered she is right around the corner from me!). I have been searching for and buying more of Lynn's books in the months since then and was eagerly look...
  • Jill
    Where We BelongI really enjoyed this story about two plucky sisters, Rebecca and Flora, living in 1800's Chicago. These ladies followed their passion for travel and adventure in spite of the fact that very little was expected of them other than getting married and hosting social gatherings. I was presently surprised to discover this story is based loosely on a true story.Rebecca is very stubborn and sometimes frustrating, but it's this stubborn s...
  • Debbie
    "Where We Belong" is historical fiction set in 1860 to 1890 in Chicago and all over the world. The framing narrative occurred in 1890 as the four main characters try to reach the monastery at Mt. Sinai, but the weather and uncooperative guides are making that difficult. We get flashbacks to when Rebecca and Flora were young (in 1860) on up to the current situation to show how events brought them to undertake this quest. Near the end, we also get ...
  • Erin Laramore
    I have loved every single Lynn Austin book I've read, and this one was no different. As a matter of fact, this one ranks near the top as one of my favorites of hers!This book starts in the Sinai Desert in 1890 where we find 2 middle aged sisters with 2 of their servants on their way to the Monastery of St. Catherine (located on Mt. Sinai) in search of ancient manuscripts. During this journey, they encounter several "life or death" scenarios which...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    What an inspiring read! This book excited my wanderlust, my love of history, and my love of apologetics, and it reminded me that even when you feel like a misfit for the society you were born into—in fact, even when you’re TOLD you’re a misfit for the society you were born into—God has a purpose for your life, if you only have the faith and courage to pursue it.Sisters Rebecca and Flora most certainly had the faith and the courage! They f...
  • Tanya
    This is my first book by Lynn Austin and I am interested to read more of her work. I did enjoy the adventure part of it, girls' travels and discoveries. However, the way the message is served is a little out of place. It did not seem believable that these two Victorian girls were able to make such decisions and trips at the time. It did not feel anything like Victorian or even historical, other than the dates themselves and mention of the events,...
  • Caitlin Allen
    Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this blog are my own.Rebecca and Flora are unlike other women of their time. They take adventures and want more for their life than what is expected for a late nineteenth-century woman. As they find themselves in a sandstorm, they reflect on what God has done in their lives to lead them to this momen...
  • Robin Willson
    Beautifully different! . . . the book and the characters within. Anchored in historical fact, this is the story of two sisters in the mid to late 1800s who are strong, intelligent and independent. Their mother died so they are raised by their father who is intelligent, no-frill and has built a fortune through good investments. The two girls are easily bored in school and set out on adventures that include travel to Europe – itineraries their fa...
  • Martha
    I love Lynn Austin's books. This one is not a race to the story kind of novel, but a slow build up to the fever pitch that dies down and then revs up again. The story is written in a different style than some of her books, giving it to you in pieces, leaving you wanting in some areas as you travel through the pages and travel the globe with the two sisters. It is not a romance, even though there is mention of romantic attachments in the novel, bu...
  • Jamie
    I thought the ending was a bit rushed and I almost gave this one a 3, but I really enjoyed all that lead up to the end. The characters, the way the story was told and encouragement from the story made up for the rushed ending.
  • Maggie Boyd
    It’s hard to part ways with a beloved author. However, considering the experience I had reading Ms. Austin’s previous book (Waves of Mercy) and after finishing Where We Belong I’ve realized I will not be reading her future works. While her backlist has afforded me much joy, these latest novels have convinced me that we are no longer compatible.Rebecca Hawes is a wealthy, privileged young lady who chafes against the restrictions placed upon ...
  • Iola
    Where We Belong starts in 1890, in the Sinai Desert, with forty-five year-old Rebecca Hawes traveling to St Catherine’s Monastery to search for ancient copies of the Bible. It’s a start that hooked me immediately, both because of the historical setting, and because of the age of the heroine—it’s refreshing to read a novel where the heroine is out of her twenties.I was also intrigued because I could relate to Rebecca’s thoughts about the...
  • Becky
    Picture it: 1890 in the Sahara Desert looking for a monastery that is supposed to have ancient documents and codices that will prove the verity of the Bible. Two sisters, two of their servants, and several Bedouin guides as well as a sheik are riding camels across the desert toward the monastery. Each of the sisters and both of the servants get a voice in telling the story of this book.Lynn Austin has woven together a cohesive narrative from four...
  • Lauren
    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 ...
  • Hannah West
    Lynn Austin has been a favorite author of mine for quite some time. Although I am not usually one to read a book immediately upon its release I found myself anticipating this one for a very long time! The book, which was inspired by the true story of Agnes and Margaret Smith, follows the lives of two women who grew up during a time much different than ours. They came of age during a time when women were expected to fit a very specific mold. Well,...
  • Kim Brown
    I have been a fan of Lynn Austin's books for several years. I had the opportunity to join a launch team to receive a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. So, here goes my very honest review. Lynn has managed, yet again, to bring historical fiction to life in a fun (and educational) way!This time her book follows sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes on, not one, but many adventures. The book begins in the Sinai Desert i...
  • Barbara
    On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Where We Belong by Lynn Austin is sourdough bread. Sourdough bread requires many days of preparation as the starter must be given time to grow. This preparation creates a delicious bread with a crusty outside and a slightly sour yet delicious flavor..[free copy received. opinions my own.].Rebecca and Flora grow up without the care of a mother during the 1800s. Their father values smart and resourcef...
  • Anne Shank
    Do you know where you belong? I hadn’t thought to ask myself this question before reading this book because I was not prepared to be spiritually questioning myself while reading a fiction book. I should have known though as every Lynn Austin book I’ve read I’ve come away a little wiser and closer to my Savior. This book is about two sisters and essentially their life journey together. They primary focus is on the pivotal points in life that...
  • Anne Rightler
    Where We Belong by Lynn Austin is historical fiction at its finest. Based on the true story of Agnes and Margaret Smith, Austin takes readers on an adventuresome journey with Rebecca and Flora Hawes. It is a journey that goes from Chicago to Cairo to Cambridge and back again and one that was fraught with dangers from raging storms at sea, sand storms in the desert and calamitous fires in city streets. The characters are wonderful...strong, passio...
  • Leona Herxegh
    Lynn Austin has always been my favorite author; I’ve read and enjoyed each and every of her more than twenty books and own a copy of most of them. This latest book, WHERE WE BELONG, did not disappoint. Lynn’s writing style is easy and pleasant to read. She combines truths of faith in God with historical facts, romance and adventure. Her main characters, Rebecca and Flora, were inspired by two Scottish sisters in the 1800s, who were adventurou...
  • Rochelle Rigterink
    Haven’t we all felt a lack of belonging at some point in our lives? In Lynn Austin’s newest book, Where We Belong, we adventure with Rebecca and Flora, wealthy sisters, as they confront everyday living in Chicago and travel on camel back in the Sinai desert in search of ancient biblical manuscripts. The central characters in the book reveal throughout their lives that sometimes we need an adventure to see the course that God has prepared for ...
  • Dwina Willis
    This book is loosely based on the life of Agnes & Margaret Smith who discovered a copy of the Gospels in a palimpsest (old paper that had other writing on top of the original writing) dating from AD500 at a monastery at Mt. Sinai. It is from Lynn's other books. The main characters, Rebecca and Flora, are unconventional women living in the mid-1800s. They escape the Chicago fire, and the reader can feel the panic of the people impacted by the fire...
  • Kristen
    "Where We Belong" is the story of two sisters in the 1800s. The story opens in the Sinai Desert with Rebecca and Flora in a great adventure. During the book, the story takes us back into the lives of Rebecca and Flora, and explains how they ended up where they are now. Lynn Austin's storytelling and character development drew me into the story, and I found myself cheering on the characters during their successes. The theme of the book is about fi...
  • Katie
    I wasn't sure what to expect from the synopsis of the book. There wasn't a major historical event or usual plot line to follow. Until I started reading the book and realized the scope of the story. Lynn Austin covers the Civil War, Chicago Fire, orphanages, European tours, archaeological discoveries, the Holy Land, and much more. And it is a seamless story of two sisters following God and trusting Him throughout their lives. One of the sisters ha...
  • Tara
    I was so excited to be chosen as part of a launch team for this novel and receive a copy of this book to review. I never tire of Lynn Austin's style of writing. Lynn Austin breaks the mold of traditional Christian fiction. Each book is written in a different place or time and doesn't follow the predictable story line that revolves around romantic love. That doesn't mean that love isn't a key part of "Where We Belong". Her characters experience th...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Where We Belongby Lynn AustinBethany HouseBethany House PublishersChristianPub Date 03 Oct 2017I am reviewing of Where We Belong through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:Chicago 1892, the rules for Victorian Women are free. Rebecca and Flora Hayes are definitely not typical Victorian ladies though. They have a love for adventure and a passion for God that has lead them into a sandstorm in the Sinai Desert.Rebecca and Flora have travelled th...
  • Candice Valdez
    This is a story of the life of two sisters. It is told from each of their point of views and then, later, from the point of view of two other characters. I enjoyed reading the story from one persons point of view and then getting the other side of the story. It was a slow read at the beginning and took me some time to get invested in it. I felt like Rebecca came across bratty at times and needed to get her way, but aren't we all like that at some...
  • Oak
    Lynn Austin's novel Where We Belong focuses on Rebecca and Flora Hawes, two sisters from Chicago circa 1892. I enjoyed the novel for its depth and its heartfeltness. The 470-page book takes you on a journey, both emotionally and geographically, as the sisters search for a Biblical manuscript, along with their butler, Soren Petersen, and ladies' maid in training, Kate Rafferty. I loved getting to know the key characters of the novel, who are all c...