I really enjoyed this story about two plucky sisters, Rebecca and Flora, living in 1800's Chicago. These ladies followed their passion for travel and adventure in spite of the fact that very little was expected of them other than getting married and hosting social gatherings. I was presently surprised to discover this story is based loosely on a true story.
Rebecca is very stubborn and sometimes frustrating, but it's this stubborn streak that drives her to follow her heart and travel the world looking for ancient Bible manuscripts. She is brave and very loyal to her sister.
Flora is my favorite character. She is very caring and compassionate. She is an activist for the poor in the city of Chicago, but she's always up for an adventure with her sister. She and Rebecca make a good team.
Themes of forgiveness, the importance of prayer, grace, and the truth of scripture are frequent throughout the book. There were a lot of details about Christianity in America and other parts of the world at the time. Much of this story is set in 1890's Egypt which I really enjoyed. It felt exotic and unique...and hot.
If you enjoy historical fiction with strong faith elements and not a lot of romance, I would highly recommend this book.
I received this book for free for the purpose of review.