About the Book:
After decades of exile, the prophesies are coming true–King Cyrus has declared the Jews may return to Jerusalem. Iddo, a priest, is sure this is a sign of God’s renewed favor. For too long they’ve remained in Babylon, and many, including Iddo’s sons, are losing the faith that sets them apart. And so only a few choose to leave everything to return–return to their home and their God.
Nothing about their journey to the Promised Land is easy. As hardships mount, even the faithful, like Iddo’s beloved wife, Dinah, question the sacrifice of following God’s leading. Zechariah, Iddo’s oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather’s ancient beliefs and the family they left behind. But one life-changing encounter with the Holy One gives him insight that will change Zechariah–and history–forever.
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Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.
You can learn more about Lynn on her website.
I’ll preface this review with a disclaimer that I’m only about 1/2 through the entire book but I want to get this up during the tour schedule so I’m going to tell you what I’ve thought so far. I will say that writing a Biblical historical fiction book takes a lot of time and patience as one doesn’t want to re-write the history but yet to make the Biblical history more relevant to today one must somewhat expand using what we know today happened in the time before and weaving those two elements together requires a great amount of care so as not to take away or add to the Holy Scriptures. I’ve read others of Lynn Austin’s books and they never fail to pull me into the story line and it is the same with this book, Return to Me – I felt pulled into the characters lives from the first page.
The reason it’s taking me so long to read through the book, isn’t because it’s terrible, but because it’s so good and I’ve had little free time on my hands this week and at 464 pages it’s a bigger book than I’ve been reading lately. One character Yael, who is a 10 year old girl, whose mom died before the Jews are freed from their exile/slavery in Babylon and both of who have been secretly studying and worshiping false gods – is driving me a little batty – because she acts just like most 10 year old act, thinking they know everything about everything including whether to worship a false god and mess with sorcery. However, I know there is going to be something that happens in this child’s life to bring her back to the religion of her people – but as one reads one figures out that she and her father cannot have one foot in the Jewish religion and one foot in the Babylonian/Samaritan religions and follow the Lord.
I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy Biblical and historical fiction – as I’ve said above Lynn takes great care to not detract from the real history of the Jewish people as they seek to rebuild the Temple and Jerusalem and she also does a wonderful job in showing the hardships they faced upon their return to their homeland with those who stayed behind and the other cultures that surround them. Struggling to follow what the Lord wants, Iddo, makes others around him uncomfortable and even Dinah wonders if she loves or hates her husband and misses the family and friends who stayed behind in Babylonia. Overall, so far, this has been an excellent read and a real page turner and one that I would feel safe about turning over to my oldest daughter to read.
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Lynn Austin is celebrating the release of Return to Me, the first book in her new Biblical fiction series, The Restoration Chronicles, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat party.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire HDX
- Return to Me by Lynn Austin
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 22nd. Winner will be announced at the “Return To Me” Facebook Author Chat Party on October 22nd. Connect with Lynn and friends for an evening of book chat, biblical trivia, prizes, and get an exclusive look at the next book in Lynn’s Restoration Chronicles series!