Return to Me by Lynn Austin
I’m not sure how an avid reader like me somehow missed the memo–but until recently I was unaware that there was actually a wide variety of Biblical Fiction to choose from! I’ve always loved Biblical fiction and really enjoyed stories like Ben Hur and The Bronze Bow, and even wrote a short biblical fiction story of my own for young authors when I was in elementary school!
Although it intrigued me simply for the fact that it was Biblical fiction, what really made me decide to break my “no new review books till I’m caught up” rule was that this book is about Zechariah and a part of the Bible that I have seldom read, or heard preached about. The end of the Old Testament to me seems like it’s often neglected a bit, and I was very interested to find out more about it and see how Lynn Austin told the story.
I was absolutely blow away!!! This is the first book of Lynn’s that I have ever read and immediately after finishing it I went and added the entire Chronicles of the Kings series to my Amazon Christmas list!
This book is as deep as it is long–455 pages encompass the life of Zechariah from the time he is a young boy until he is a middle aged man. It flows along seamlessly and through it all you get to know the characters so well you can feel them as being real, not as just names on a page. I love how Lynn takes the truths of the Bible, the facts that we so easily forget sometimes, and really drives them home. Her portrayal of the complicated relationships between husbands and wives, sons and fathers, friends and enemies, is so true to real life and really makes the characters easy to relate to. I love the rich character development that she shows in each of the main characters–and how even the strongest men of God are shown to have times of fear, doubt, and weakness.
I really can’t say enough about this book, she takes a very neglected part of the Bible, and one that might seem hard to pull great truths from or be a little dry, and shows it as the exciting, extremely powerful story it was always meant to be. It’s a story about faith, love, hope, trust, and obedience. And ultimately, it’s a story about the power of God and redemption–as every story from the Bible should always be.
It looks like this is the first book in a new series, and I am absolutely so excited for the rest!
Lynn Austin is celebrating the release of Return to Me, the first book in her new Biblical fiction series, The Restoration Chronicles, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a 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!