If you've read my blog for any amount of time then you know that I'm a huge Lynn Austin fan. I don't know of another author who has such a large library of books with so much diversity. Biblical fiction, Civil War fiction, contemporary fiction, WW II era fiction, and the list goes on. She releases one or two books a year and I've never been disappointed with any of them.
Return to Me is the first in a new series (The Restoration Chronicles) based on the prophets and their work in the Old Testament.
When I received this book I was a little intimidated by the 450+ pages and thought it might be hard to get into, but -as stated above- Austin never lets me down. This book was as easy to get into as my favorite pair of slippers. It took me about four days to get through and I enjoyed every moment of it. Reading a fictional account of a Biblical story makes the Bible come alive. This story fed my spirit as well as my need to read.
I can't wait for the rest of the series!
From the back cover:
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 give him insight that will change Zechariah-and history-forever.
Bringing the Old Testament to vibrant life, Return to Me tells the compelling story of two men living by faith in the midst of doubt, the women who love them, and the faithful remnant struggling to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.
This book was provided for review by LitFuse.