Friday, November 3, 2017


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 urchin who is learning to be their ladies' maid, the two women are on a quest to find an important biblical manuscript. As the journey becomes more dangerous and uncertain, the four travelers sift through memories of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the circumstances that brought them to this time and place.

My thoughts...

If you've ever read any of Lynn Austin's books you'll understand when I say "wow". I loved this book, it is a fabulously typical Austin book and at the top of my list of favorites. I felt like I was right there with these stubborn sisters and their unlikely ladies' maid, their story brought smiles and left me thinking about them long after I finished reading. This is just plain delightful, a fantastic storyline with the best characters. The sisters face danger but their obstinance keeps them moving on. Austin knows how to tell a story and what a story this is.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.​ ​