On This Foundation, by Lynn Austin, is the third in The Restoration Chronicles series. As with the first two, the author brings alive a section of the Old Testament sometimes overlooked. This book was a little hard for me to get into this go-round, but I think it's more me and where I am during this reading than the author's efforts.
These are being released about a year apart from each other and I wish I'd waited to read them all together instead of so far apart. I find it easier to stick with a series like this when I can read them back to back. The story stays fresh in my mind and I remember who the characters are from book to book.
From the back cover:
When news reaches him that Jerusalem's wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God's guidance in fasting and prayer. Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall--never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.
The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and stop the wall's reconstruction forever. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.
Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. The exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.
This book was provided for review by Bethany House