Review: A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

March 1, 2018

Title: A Refuge Assured
Author: Jocelyn Green
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780764219078
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2018

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.
I discovered Jocelyn Green a few years ago with her beautifully told Civil War series. Last year I dove in her her breath taking Mark of the King. When I saw this new release to kick off 2018 with, I was excited!

A Refuge Assured was so interesting in that in spotlighted many different historical elements I hadn't known about or offered another point of view of a very well known historic event.We hear a lot about America's Revelation and the French Revelation that followed after, but we hear of it from one of two angles, the royals or the peasants, never the working class, who earned their living from the rich. The Revelation in France was very hard on them. They had to flee, but flee where?

Following Vienne throughout her struggles and decisions in her changes of life was interesting. She handled them with as much grace and calm as one would expect, and sometimes more then expected. Her character was strong and one you wanted to root for. She was strong and smart.

There were several mysteries in this story and they way that Jocelyn portrayed them kept me guessing. At one time I was thinking one thing, but the story still had me questioning till all was revealed. I love that! This story just captured me up and I was honestly sad to see it end.

The details, especially that of the work Vienne did through this story, whether it was lace work or baking, it was as authentic as it could be.

With this being a time I hadn't researched much before, I found that Jocelyn was very true to history and wove it into this story effortlessly and made these character blend so well with the historic.

This was a fantastic read!

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
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.
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Thank you to the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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