If you’re a fan (as I am) of historical fiction, then you need this book. 🙂 The story takes you back in time to a young America and the growth pains the country faced during that time. I can’t imagine living back then, but this book did a great job painting a picture of what life was like. With a perfect balance of historical details and emotion, A Refuge Assured captured my full attention.
Life is hard for our heroine and hero, but their difficult pasts make them stronger. It blessed my heart to watch them grow throughout the story and learn to open their hearts again. It’s not an easy road, but it’s worth the journey.
Liam is such a noble leading man and Vivienne is one of those heroines I longed to see find her happily-ever-after. I was cheering for them both from the first to last page. They’re kind, caring, hard-working characters you can’t help but love.
I also appreciated the well-crafted setting, the realistic secondary characters with equal flaws and strengths, and the spot-on dialogue. I learned as I read and closed the book intrigued to learn more about this fascinating time period. And just when I thought the story was wrapping up, a few twists added some wonderful extra layers.
I’m always amazed by this author’s writing ability and research. I’m grateful for her attention to detail and look forward to reading more of her books.
I received a copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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:
Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.
Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University inUpland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.