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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.
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By Debbie on 10-06-17
Good clean Christian story/mystery, awful narrator
Enjoyed the Christian aspect, the mystery, and the adventure, but the narrator has some kind of problem with needing a breath every few words so it ends up sounding like, "Rebecca...came into...the room and... announced that she...is going...abroad." SO ANNOYING! She is good with different voices, but that incessant unnecessary pausing makes her sound like she can't get her breath or lost her place while reading or forgot her lines or something. Very distracting and truly annoying. I won't listen to anything else narrated by her. I will, however, definitely listen to more Lynn Austin books :)
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By A+D on 10-22-17
Great Story! Almost like a Memoir
I really enjoyed the story by Lynn Austin. It was almost like listening to a memoir. I liked the characters. Sisters raised in an unconventional manner by their wealthy father. They grew up to be very independent women, one with a heart for history and travel, the other with a heart for the poor and orphaned. The story takes place from around 1860 to the end of 1890. Told from four viewpoints, going back and forth in time. I loved the adventure, though not typical for women of this time period, I found it very believable. Mystery, danger, and suspense had me listening on the edge of my seat in many places.
I loved the Christian elements throughout the story. The sisters trusted God with everything. They spoke the message of salvation but left the choice up to the person they were speaking to.
I did not care for the narrator. It seemed she was reading in slow motion and struggling to get her breath. I needed to speed it up quite a bit for it to sound more like a normal reading.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Suzduz on 03-12-18
A lovely mix
Great story with a bit of everything I like in it well done! I Love her books and the narration was great too
By Emma on 11-29-17
What a wonderful story of hope, love, redemption and restoration in a most unlikely place.