A Refuge Assured -Book Review

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synopsis:

 

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

About the Author:

Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at http://www.jocelyngreen.com.

Editorial Reviews:

From the Back Cover

“A stunning story. . . . Green leaves no stone unturned in depth and detail and crafts a tale as passionate as the time period itself. A Refuge Assured and its enduring characters will leave you both speechless and satisfied by novel’s end.”
Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

Fleeing One Revolution to the Aftermath of Another, She Seeks and Dreams of Peace

Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia, but danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

“The storyline is fast paced and has numerous unexpected twists and turns. . . . Jocelyn Green weaves her fiction with impeccable research and brings to life long-ago events that have been mostly forgotten.”–RT Book Reviews Top Pick

“Green outdoes herself in this grand novel that instantly ranks as a must-read work of historical inspirational fiction. . . . Her characters and their predicaments are captivating, especially Vivienne, a female protagonist with both moral and political resolve. Green’s writing is almost overwhelming in its sensory detail and very special power, and readers will remain breathless to the very end.”–Booklist starred review

“Historical fiction readers will appreciate the writing detail, strong characterization, and fast-paced suspense.”Christian Market

“Green has written a complex, compelling historical romance that brings a less-familiar part of American history to life. Its themes of faith and perseverance will appeal to many readers of the genre.”–Library Journal

 

My Thoughts:

Sometimes I feel like book blurbs give books a little too much credit. Sometimes I feel like they are over-sensational and very promising, yet when I pick up the book it does nothing but let me down. Well, not so with A Refuge Assured ! That’s why I included the blurbs and editorial reviews on my blog post, because they are all entirely accurate.

This is truly an amazing read. I’ve never really understood the history of France around the American Revolution time period, the persecution of lace makers to be exact. I know that this is historical FICTION, but it really gave great, truthful, insight into what it was really like in France during those dark times.

I thought the characters were real and genuine to the time period, plus the different cultures they were from. I did feel as though I could predict the book, but that didn’t take away from enjoying my reading experience in the least. Green’s writing is SUPERB, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every page.

Hopefully by now all my readers know that I can be a pretty critical judge of the Christian Historical Romance/Christian Romance genre of books, so I hope that by me saying this is a great read will hold some water.

As to the spiritual side of A Refuge Assured , I felt like it was just enough without being overly cheesy. I really loved the following quote:

“God is the Creator, is He not?” she had said with a smile. “So when we create, even if it is a mere length of lace and not the stars of the heavens, we honor Him. We bear His likeness when we work.” 

As an artist, that rang true in my heart.

You can get your copy of A Refuge Assured here.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions stated above are my own.

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