Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Blog Tour and Contest Information: Return to Me by Lynn Austin

My Review of Return to Me:

The Jewish people have been living in Babylon; their exile will soon be coming to an end. Some of them have been very comfortable with the Babylonian ways and they think it will be better to stay with them. When they come back to their land some of them feel uncomfortable and want to leave. Then there is the question about whether to let the Samaritans into their returned way of life and the concern that they will be a bad influence. They wonder if they can be a good influence to the Samaritans, or is that too much of a risk? Readers will experience different Biblical characters coming to life throughout the story, such as Daniel, Zechariah, Iddo, and Dinah.

I felt that this was a love story between God and the Israelites who were given a chance to find their way back home.  Daniel was part of the first group of exiles and he had lived so many years amongst the Babylonians that I could feel that it must have been very hard to rediscover what life was like before he went into exile. The Jewish people didn’t want people to mess with their way of life or cause them to go down the wrong path after they had come out of exile. I liked how the prophets' words came alive to Daniel as he studied their words and I also learned a few Hebrew words and their meanings.

 This is book one in The Restoration Chronicles series. I could tell that a lot of research went into this story and I’m hoping to be able to read the other books in the series in the future.
My review = 5 out of 5 stars

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

More about the book:
 From the Acclaimed Author of Chronicles of the Kings

After 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.

Bringing the Old Testament to vibrant life, Return to Me tells the compelling story of two men living by faith in the midst of doubt, the women who love them, and the faithful remnant struggling to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.

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About Lynn: Bestselling 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.

You can find out more about Lynn at

 Blog Tour Reviews/Schedule:

Lynn Austin’s “Return To Me” Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party | Enter and RSVP today!

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!

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!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on the 22nd!

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