Book Review: Return to Me

7 Oct

208981After 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.

LAustin-183Bestselling 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 Impressions:

Lynn Austin has brought the characters, setting and historical events to life of an important, but not always commonly known, part of Israel’s life. Return to Me, book 1 in The Restoration Chronicles, is a captivating tale of the return to Israel of those held in exile in Babylon.  This novel is a great look into the past with great truths for the present.

The Jewish people have been held in captivity for 70 long years. Many were born in Babylon and have no real connection with the land their God has promised them. But for men like Daniel and Iddo, the promise of their people’s return to Israel has been a long held dream they refuse to give up. And Iddo’s thirteen year old grandson, Zechariah, is also excited at the prospect of returning and rebuilding the temple of God.

Well-researched and beautifully written, Return to Me is a masterful retelling of Scripture. Austin has filled in the historical record with realistic fictional details, blending historical events and people with supporting characters that add depth to the story.  I found myself turning to Scripture to learn more — a sure sign of a successful Biblical novel. But more than just a story of the past, Return to Me spoke to me. I found myself looking at the apathy, fear, lack of commitment and indecision of the men and women of centuries past and identifying those things in my own life. Spiritual truth is never confined by space or time, and Austin adeptly portrays that for today’s reader.

Return to Me is certainly a great book for the fan of Biblical fiction, but I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a thought-provoking novel that will challenge and stretch the reader. I am looking forward to reading more books in this continuing series.

Highly Recommended.


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(Thanks  to Bethany House and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase a copy of this book, click on the image below.

Lynn is celebrating the release with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and connecting with readers during her October 22nd 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!

So grab your copy of Return to Me and join Lynn on the evening of October 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


4 Responses to “Book Review: Return to Me”

  1. Lynn Austin October 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Thank you so much for the lovely review!

    • rbclibrary October 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. Can’t wait til book 2 comes out.

  2. Carole Jarvis October 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Beckie, I was eager to read your review because I’m about 150 pages into this book and loving it. Everything you said is exactly right.

    I’ve often thought that review blogging is lonely, so I was glancing at you sidebar list of book reviews and saw my blog there! Writing is difficult for me, so I’m very humbled that you would list mine. I wish we lived close to each other, because I think we would enjoy each other’s company!

    • rbclibrary October 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      I love your blog! I really like how you format your reviews and the extras you include. Blogging is indeed a lonely activity, but I am thankful for those I get to know along the way. Thank you, friend, for stopping by!

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