Return To Me Review

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I recently received Return To Me by Lynn Austin in the mail.  I actually requested this book in the summer, but I wasn't sure I was approved to review it - and I unknowingly requested it again!  So I actually received two copies of this book from two different review programs!  Whoops.  I'm thinking someone might just get a little surprise present.

This book is about the period of time in the Bible when the Israelites are exhiled into Babylon, and King Cyrus issues the decree that the Jews may return to their homeland to rebuild the Temple.  It follows the story of Iddo, a descendant of the temple priests, and his family as they make the journey back to Jerusalem.  When they arrive there they receive a lot of trouble from the local people, and the building of the Temple is put on hold.  Will they ever get it built? (Obviously you who know your Bible know that they eventually do.)

I love Biblical-based fiction when it is done well, and this book is done extremely well.  Not only is everything in it very biblically accurate, from what I could tell (I'm thinking I need to go back and read those passages in the Bible again - it's been a while), but the story was gripping.  I love the personal stories of the characters that Austin weaves through this book.  I could hardly put it down!  I think this book may be the first in a series, and now I'm definitely keeping an eye out for the next one!

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Biblical fiction or is curious to read more about Biblical history.  This book is a really fun and interesting way to do it, and I was inspired while reading it to dig further into the actual record of these events in the Bible!

Also, check out this page to enter to win a free Kindle Fire and RSVP to Lynn Austin's Facebook party on October 22nd!

Note: I received this book from Bethany House publishers, and also from Litfuse Publicity Group, for free in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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