I love a good Historical Fiction book. For my new readers I am HUGE on history. I love it. I love learning about the different era’s and I love books that take those and tell a story. One of my favorite authors is Jocelyn Green. There is just something about her writing that draws me and keeps me wanting more!
So who is Jocelyn Green? Well here is a little blip from her “About” section on the website
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. 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 children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
A Refuge Assured is her newest book taking place during the French Revolution. From 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?
But in the mix there is a Whisky Rebellion going on- and a militiaman getting caught in the middle of that and Ms Vivienne. Did she really escape the revolution? Who is this boy that is left in her care? So many questions!
Wow! Seriously just Wow! Even though Vivienne is not an “aristocrat” she caters to them with her lace and that alone puts her life in danger. She may have made it safely to the states, but she still had to watch out for those who favor the Revolution. She just wanted to adjust to her new life, her new home, but to some she was still an aristrocrat, while to others looked down on her because she wasn’t an aristocrat. But then this boy, Henry, get’s thrown into the mix. Is he the prince, is he just another boy? I seriously could not put this book down! In a way I could relate to her struggles of fitting in. While some say her as to fancy and just another rich person, which she wasn’t, when she arrived to the Azilum the aristocrats looked down on her for being a tradeswomen (lacemaker). But the thing I loved was her doing her thing. She didn’t seem to mind what others thought of her and just did her thing, trusting God. I honestly could not put this book down. I wanted to read more and learn more! I want to know what happens to Vivienne, does she adjust to her new home? What happens to Henry?
I can not wait to see if this becomes a series. I have never looked into the French Revolution much but I find myself wanting to research it and learn more! I highly recommend this book! Jocelyn did not disappoint!
~I received an ecopy of the book in order to provide a honest review. The above thoughts are my own and honest opinions. No other form of compensation has been received.~