On This Foundation (The Restoration Chronicles, Book 3) by Lynn Austin {Historical Fiction Review}

The Restoration Chronicles, Book 3
Historical Fiction / Biblical Fiction

Stone by Stone,
the Wall Will Rise Once More
Around God's City

When news reaches him that Jerusalem's wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God's guidance in fasting and prayer. Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall--never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and stop the wall's reconstruction forever. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. This exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.


My Thoughts

Do you know how I can tell an historical book is good? I know it's good when I'm very familiar with the story being told and yet I continue to eagerly read to find out what is going to happen as if I didn't know the outcome. That is exactly what I did with On This Foundation.

On This Foundation is the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem. I grew up reading my Bible and going to Sunday School so I cannot possibly tell you the amount of times that I have read the story of Nehemiah. Let's just say it is enough to be pretty familiar with the account.

Reading Lynn Austin's fictionalized version was like having dessert after dinner. She took the bones of the story and fleshed it out with added storylines that we only get a glancing view of in the Bible. She did a masterful job at sticking to the Biblical account while adding in narrative and content that would enhance the story but not take anything away from it.

I've enjoyed Lynn's writing across the different genres but it is my hope that she will delve into more Biblical fiction stories because she did such a wonderful job with this series. While each of the books in the series are considered stand alone titles don't cheat yourself by not going back and reading the previous two in the series. You'll be glad that you did.

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