By Jocelyn Green
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.
(Back cover summary from Bethany House)
A Refuge Assured is as intricate as the lace that Vivienne creates. This book truly gives insight into what the French Revolution could have been like for those who lived through it. I never knew that lacemaking was a profession that you could be sent to the guillotine for. Nor did I know that many of those who fled France sought refuge in Philadelphia.
For me, this book had a slow start. It took me a while to become invested in the characters, but when that occurred, I was all in.
Vivienne is a different sort of heroine. She is self-sufficient to the extreme, with a strong sense of duty and love for those around her.
Liam is a man caught in a world opposed. A former soldier, he is confronted with the matter of conscience and duty. I appreciated that this was a struggle for him, as it is a very realistic problem.
As this story unfolds, it took me in directions I didn’t expect. It is rich in history and in detail. A Refuge Assured isn’t rushed, but takes its time exploring each new relationship that comes along.
While it didn’t draw me in quite as much as The Mark of the King, I did enjoy A Refuge Assured, and would recommend it to my fellow reading friends.
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. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com .
(Biography from Bethany House)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.