Monday, December 23, 2013

LitFuse Blog Tour: Return to Me by Lynn Austin (Book 1 in the Restoration Chronicles Series)

About the Book: 

From the Acclaimed Author of Chronicles of the Kings

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.

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.

About the Author:

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.

My Thoughts and Review:

Return to Me is Book 1 for The Restoration Chronicles, a new series by Lynn Austin. I have enjoyed many of Lynn Austin's Christian Fiction books, as she is an EXCELLENT author. I have to say though, I had a really hard time "getting into" this book. Return to me is Biblical Fiction book, and I found it confusing.

I really had a hard time understanding and following the storyline in the book. I don't believe it is the writer's style or the theme of the book, just me and my brain. The book took me about a week to read because I would have to grab my bible and look things up for clarification. I was also a bit bored while reading at times, so I would stop for awhile. I wish that I could have understood the storyline and theme to be able to enjoy the book, but it just didn't do anything for me.

I give Return to Me 2 out of 5 stars. An OK Read!

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