Historical fiction at its finest: "A Refuge Assured" by Jocelyn Green

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about the book....

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.

my review....

Jocelyn Green has penned a truly moving story that will sweep you back in time to the era of the French Revolution, holding you captive from the tragic beginning to the redemptive conclusion. Although I've read past novels set in the time period of the 1790s, this is the first time I've learned about how the French refugees created the community of Asylum in the hopes that the young King of France would one day be rescued and brought to America. With this intriguing backdrop, Green has truly brought the past to life through her talented pen! The different political forces at work made for a fascinating story and I really enjoyed the suspense that results as these forces, and their often hidden agendas, clash in unexpected ways.

Green has created complex and compelling characters in both Vivienne Rivard, who has fled France, and Liam Delaney, who has survived a revolution of his own. The way she draws these characters into each other's lives is beautiful to behold, especially as each offers the other the chance to find healing from the past hurts they've suffered prior to meeting each other. And of course the element of love, especially in the midst of so much heart-ache, makes the story truly shine!

"A Refuge Assured" is a wonderful book with a well-paced plot, emotional depth, and characters you are going to love. Historical fiction fans will flock to this story! I award Jocelyn Green's latest novel a high 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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 www.jocelyngreen.com.

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