“Where We Belong” by Lynn Austin, book review

“Where We Belong” by Lynn Austin, book review

Two sisters. Rebecca and Flora live in Chicago in 1892. They are typical women, and atypical at the same time. Rebecca longs for adventure. She finds it in the most unusual places, and usually brings Flora along.

The sisters live with their father, as their mother died when the girls were quite young. He raises them in a bit of an unorthodox way, but they have a very loving relationship. He fosters education and encourages them to learn all that interests them.

As the girls grow up, they begin to rebel slightly against the norms of their society. They “dress up” and get hired to work in a garment factory to learn of the conditions the women and girls must endure. After 1 day of work, they seek to establish ways to empower and assist these women.

Later, they go on an extended vacation and learning trip with their father. He becomes ill, but this does not stop the girls from exploring everything. On the way home, father meets a young widow, who attaches herself to him, much to the disappointment of the girls.

This book is an extraordinary look into society of the day and how these brave women broke out of the traditional roles. The book is well written and kept my interest. The time periods that each chapter and section covered skipped around a lot, and sometimes I had a hard time keeping up. But the story was very well told and I enjoyed it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.