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
ISBN9780764217623
Author
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction
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Reviews Where We Belong

  • Ruth
    2018-04-07
    This should have been one of my favorite reads of recent memory, if not the year. This book had everything going for it -- unconventional female characters, a fascinating concept, world travel --not to mention the name of one of my long-time favorite authors on its gorgeous cover. However, none of that could save a novel whose execution falls so terribly flat. Where We Belong reads like it was published decades ago, an unpolished draft, completel...
  • Karen
    2017-10-15
    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
    2017-07-31
    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...
  • Amanda Tero
    2017-10-26
    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...
  • Megan
    2017-11-07
    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...
  • Cathy Daniel
    2018-08-12
    I loved this book!!! I really enjoyed the intelligent, spunky sisters and their adventures. Life didn't begin and end on having a man. They had their own purpose in Christ. There were a couple of chapters I felt could have been omitted (I liked the sisters POV in alternating sections but towards the end other characters got their chapters and I thought that was a bit much) I considered 4 stars when it dragged just a little bit towards the end but...
  • Rachel McMillan
    2018-02-20
    so here's the deal everyone. and settle in. i never JUST read a lynn austin book (the first time -- i mean i will read proper pursuit every other thursday for the rest of time). but that first read i save for when i am in the right headspace because it will speak to me where i am at. i don't know how it happens but every time i read her it matches the moment in my life when i need it the most. you don't waste that experience.it is just the most t...
  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    2017-11-30
    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
    2017-10-16
    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...
  • Kav
    2018-01-18
    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...
  • Alicia Ruggieri
    2017-11-30
    Review available here: http://www.aliciagruggieri.com/where-...
  • Raechel
    2017-11-09
    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
    2017-10-15
    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...
  • Fizzy
    2018-05-03
    I just cannot write this review. Sorry. Can't do it. When I first started actually reading this book my Kindle told me that it would take about 7 hours to finish. Lovely, right? I mean here it was Monday evening and I was getting ready to start my week at The Day Job (I work Tuesday through Saturday). Reading time through the week is hard to come by and tends to happen in spurts and fits. Seven hours would take me all week and into my weekend. No...
  • Jeanie
    2018-01-19
    People always ask how a loving God could allow suffering but faith in God asks us to trust. Sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not short in adventure in their search for God's purpose. Set in Chicago 1890's, the Hawe sisters live with their father who encourages his daughters in education and knowing the world around them for God's purpose. The sisters are different but their love for the Lord and each other keeps them keep united in spite of th...
  • (Liene)
    2017-11-10
    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
    2017-10-30
    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...
  • Kate
    2018-04-22
    I liked how this book was told from four different points of view, each bringing important pieces of their back story to explain how they were acting in the 'present'. I think Flora was my favourite character, though I really enjoyed all 4 (even prickly Kate!).I thought it was cool how Rebecca especially recognised that she and Flora were learning more about God's plans for them on each adventure they took. I want to live my life that way: to lea...
  • Jill
    2017-09-12
    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
    2017-08-02
    "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 ...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    2017-10-07
    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...
  • Joyce
    2017-11-15
    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...
  • Devyn
    2018-05-25
    I received this book from Goodreads.Warning: Christian Fiction!!! Obvious? Not at all, because I otherwise wouldn't have entered the giveaway. I hate it when this happens...Anyway.Another Not my Cup of Tea situation. Where We Belong sounded sooo good. Historical fiction, two spunky women defying the Men Only rule, and traveling. Just my kind of book. It was a huge disappointment when I discovered it was Christian fiction- which is normally a deal...
  • Lauren
    2017-12-03
    Tapped out on page 130. Never read Lynn Austin before and won't be again after this. I enjoy christian fiction on occasion (love Julie Klassen), but this got way too preachy for me. Austin clearly has an agenda and it's apparent on every page. I wanted to read a story about sisters traveling across Egypt to find some lost archaeological artifact. Instead what we get is mostly flashbacks of the sisters in their teen years acting like selfish, arro...
  • Erin Laramore
    2017-10-14
    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...
  • Faye
    2018-03-06
    Sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes have a thirst for adventure and a passion for finding God's calling in their lives. Raised by their intellectual father, who encouraged their scholarship and their faith they experience more freedom than many young ladies of their time and station. But when their father meets a proper and society concerned widow, and with their father's failing health they must fight to pursue their passions.Their story jumps back ...
  • Julia Wilson
    2017-10-25
    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 ...
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2018-01-04
    What really made me want to read this book, before I ever looked at the synopsis, is the cover. Just something about exploring Egypt has always fascinated me, and this book by Lynn Austin is no disappointment. Truly something a bit unique but found myself thinking of this book, like The Mummy movie with Brandon Frasier, because of the woman in the movie, who defies social stereotypes of the era and branches out on her own. In Where We Belong, Reb...
  • Becky
    2018-01-11
    First sentence: Rebecca Hawes lay awake in her tent, convinced that the howling wind was about to lift her entire camp into the air and hurl it to the far side of the desert.Premise/plot: Where We Belong tells the story of two adventuring sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes. The novel opens in the Sinai Desert in 1890, the sisters are on a quest to find ancient manuscripts. In particular, Becky is looking for ancient copies of the New Testament. She ...
  • Amy Bradsher
    2017-10-31
    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 ...