During the Victorian era of 1892, sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian women. They enjoy adventure and end up in the Sinai Desert to find an important biblical manuscript with their butler and ladies' maid in tow. The travelers are hit with a dangerous life threatening sandstorm and now they question what has shaped their lives up to this point.
HELLO EVERYONE!!! It has been a loooong time! First off, happy November! I hope you are all enjoying autumn/fall. Today, I am here to do a book review for you all. This book was much bigger than what I thought it was going to be. But in the end, I'm glad it was.
This book goes back and forth from the "past" to the "present" of their time. I liked how you not only see the characters grow, but you see all the things that shaped them into who they are. The book is divided into sections, starting with the oldest sister, Rebecca. It moves to Flora, then Petersen (the "butler"), then Kate, and back for the ending with Rebecca.
I didn't mind this set up at all. I did think that it was interesting that quite a bit of the book (I believe most of it) is set in the past, but that is understandable. The reason being is that when you first start the book you are thrown right into the Sinai desert with two sisters, two servants and not a clue as to why they are doing this (other then the description telling you that they love adventure).
Let's talk about characters, shall we? I loved both Rebecca and Flora. They are both so different, yet they compliment each other. It was really nice to read a book with two sisters and to see how much they truly love each other. Rebecca is spunky, fearless, and loves adventure. Flora is sweet, soft hearted, and kind. As for Petersen, I felt for the guy. I thought his story was very sad, but has a sweet ending. Kate...was my least favorite. Her story is sad as well, but I didn't know it till towards the end. At the very end it was better, but for most of the book I didn't like her.
I love how Christian based this book is. The sisters are very strong believers (which I love!) and their saying is "God knows when the end of our days will be. We have nothing to fear." <3
Honestly, this is such a lovely book with so much in it is not very easy to review. There are so many good, Godly principles. So much to take away and apply to our own lives. God has a special plan for each of our lives, He will always take care of us, and He is always with us. Truly, a lovely book, with a beautiful story. I enjoyed it immensely and I highly recommend it!
5 out of 5 stars
Content: There is a scene in a brothel, but nothing happens to the character. However, it is mentioned that the girl next store was entertaining someone.
*I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.