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, Fiction, Christian, Christian Historical Fiction

Reviews Where We Belong

  • Amanda Tero
    I’m learning Austin’s style. Her books are the nice, long ones that are perfect for cold weather, warm blankets, and mugs of hot drinks. They aren’t really the type that keep me up all hours of the night in intense curiosity, but they’re just those good stories. The writer in me wishes they were a little more actively told than passively told, but like I said, if you just want a long, cozy read, this fits the bill perfectly.In short, this...
  • 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...
  • Megan
    What an epic adventure! Lynn Austin is a new author to me, but I will be looking up her other books after reading "Where We Belong". If you like adventure, travel, strong female characters, and deep spiritual content, you will like "Where We Belong"!This book is broken up into sections. Each section is told from a different character's perspective. Ms. Austin has great characters. It truly is an epic story, following the character's lives from wh...
  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews.My Review: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 s...
  • Christy
    I didn't find the satisfaction in this book liked I had hoped to but it was still a pleasant read. It's a little long for my taste; I find a story has withered by page 350; and this far exceeds that. Rebecca and Flora travel for a good portion through-out this story and it's told mostly when they are in their early twenties. I enjoyed reading it more when they were older at certain points in the book. It's heavy handed with flashbacks but basical...
  • Alicia Ruggieri
    Review available here: http://www.aliciagruggieri.com/where-...
  • Raechel
    This was my first Lynn Austin book, and I can gladly say that I enjoyed her writing. It was thorough, and pleasant.It was delightful to follow the sisters, Rebecca and Flora, on their great many adventures, and their center goal always being the Lord. I also loved their saying, “The Lord knows our end”, because that’s true. He’s got us in the palm of His hand, and our days are ordered by Him.Both sisters were very unique, and different fr...
  • 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...
  • Lieniitte (Liene)
    Amazing read! Thing is, the first time I picked this book up as soon as it came out, I just couldn't get into it, so I stopped reading at about chapter 7. I knew I would finish the book at some point, though, because I like Lynn Austin so much. So the other day I gave it a second chance. And, wow, it's a new favorite! 5 stars, even with the hard to get into beginning, still 5 stars. Why? Because this book is about Jesus Christ, and it's told thro...
  • Rachael
    I definitely wouldn't call it a fast-paced novel; the vast majority of the story is told in flashbacks (thankfully all done chronologically, except for when it jumps back to the present), so it reads more like a memoir, with Rebecca being the main focus, but Flora and, to a lesser extant, Soren and Kate having their share of memories. There's no real sense of urgency to the plot, and as such I had no problem putting the book down to go do other t...
  • 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...
  • Julia Wilson
    Where We Belong by Lynn Austin is a marvellous Christian historical novel that I could not get enough of. It is based on fact. Lynn Austin has woven a fabulous tale that educates, informs and entertains.The novel alternates between 1890 and 1860 moving forwards. The action is seen from four different viewpoints, with the result that the reader becomes intimately acquainted with the main characters. We understand their motivations as they explode ...
  • 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...
  • Amy Bradsher
    I want to be just like the Hawes sisters when I grow up!  They're the neatest people.  I love the way that they don't let themselves be defined by Victorian standards and how they stand up for what they feel is right, no matter the repercussions.  From clothing choices to how they spend their time, Flora and Rebecca do exactly what they feel God is leading them to do. I love their refrain: God knows the hour of our end, so there's no need to ...
  • Joyce
    This is the fifteenth book I have read by Lynn Austin. She is one of my favorite authors. I love historical fiction and I love how Lynn Austin blends history, characters, story, and faith.That being said, honestly it took me awhile to warm up to this book and its characters. At some point in my reading I figured out that the book is written in four sections, from four different viewpoints, with each character going back to their beginnings. For t...
  • Helen
    “God knows when the end of our days will be. We have nothing to fear.”Lynn Austen's Where We Belong is a Christian Historical Fiction novel inspired by twin sisters, Agnes and Margaret Smith. The story takes place in between 1860 and 1890 and focuses on sisters Rebecca and Flora, who grow bored of school and decide to go on an adventure. They get all the information needed to take a trip and present it to their father. This is just the beginn...
  • Kirsten West
    Where We Belong is a fantastic tale of two girls coming of age in and around the time of the U.S. Civil War and reconstruction.The StoryRebecca and her sister Flora, along with their widower father, take a trip to France to satisfy their love of travel and adventure. While there, they meet Mrs. Worthington who will change their lives. . .By 1890, the now young ladies finally begin their own solo adventure in Egypt as they continue their quest to ...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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.
  • A.M. Heath
    My Thoughts: I’ve come to expect a well-researched, historically in-depth novel from Austin and she surely doesn’t disappoint here. The setting shifts from a 19th century Chicago to the exotic travels of two women. Her ability to transport the reader is remarkable.Austin weaves in the gospel and a solid message about trusting God into a story with lots of heart and adventure. I enjoyed how the characters’ circumstances were constantly chang...
  • Kathleen E.
    Friday, October 27, 2017Where We Belong by Lynn Austin, © 2017Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake.Psalm 115:1My Review:What I liked most about this story is that is shows where they are now and then backtracks to where they were from their own description and thoughts to their situation instead of talking in the third person.Two sisters are used by God to rescue others and show ...
  • Nathan Albright
    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]I really wanted to like this book, but the author [1] ultimately made it impossible for me to do so.  First, there is the matter of the main characters of this book, a pair of wealthy and pampered women of the liberal set who believe that being rich and reasonably attractive and extremely bright and also devoted to community servic...