My thoughts: I feel like it's difficult to give a good synopsis of Keepers of the Covenant in just a paragraph or so, because it is a BIG book with so many interwoven stories. While Ezra is the main character, there are several other characters whose lives are followed through the book. My personal favorite part was the story of Reuven, one of the exiles who traveled back to Jerusalem, and Amina, a lame young girl who was adopted into a Jewish family. Their story touched me as I desired a happy ending for them! This book also covers a number of years of Jewish history . . . and as always, Lynn Austin does a wonderful job bringing Biblical events to life. I found it interesting that the book started with the events before and during Purim (the story of which is told in the book of Esther), but it focuses on Ezra, instead of Esther, as we might expect. Esther is only mentioned very briefly in the book, and I liked seeing the story from a different angle--from the point of view of the Jewish exiles instead of Esther herself.
As in her preceding book, Return to Me, Austin does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the time and place of the story. I know she has traveled to Israel to research her books, and it shows. I've really enjoyed The Restoration Chronicles so far, and look forward to hopefully reviewing book 3 in the future!
Thanks to Bethany House for the free review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.