Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green – Book Review, Preview

Posted February 5, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

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Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green – Book Review, Preview

Between Two Shores
by Jocelyn Green


Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date February 5, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure
Setting: Canada Colonial Era - US - 1607 - 1776
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 418

Synopsis:

She Has Always Moved Between Worlds,
But Now She Must Choose a Side

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval would rather remain neutral in a world tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the Seven Years' War against her wishes when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel claims he has information that could help end the war, and he asks Catherine to help him escape.

Peace appeals to Catherine, even if helping the man who broke her heart does not. But New France is starving, and she and her loved ones may not survive another winter of conflict-induced famine. When the dangers of war arrive on her doorstep, Catherine and Samuel flee by river toward the epicenter of the battle between England and France. She and Samuel may impact history, but she fears the ultimate cost will be higher than she can bear.

I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers, Netgalley for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Caught between two worlds.

Between Two Shores is a rich historical tale of a woman who has never quite fit in. I was touched by her desire to be enough, to be loved for who she was and respected for the choices she made. After the death of her mother, she chose to live with her father and thus alienated her sister. Her feelings of inadequacy were compounded by the realization that her father always compared her to a daughter he had lost – one who was wholly French and wholly loved. His cruel treatment of her when he was drunk was endured by this tenderhearted woman who held on to a handful of moments when he showed her kindness.

I loved Catherine’s younger brother, Joseph, who showed such deep love for her as he continued to seek after her protection and care. As a full-blooded Mohawk, he made for a very interesting secondary character.

Though they were not mentioned in detail, I was reminded anew of the sacrifices that the Jesuit priests made when they came to the wilderness of North America amidst the savage tribes who inhabited the land. The image of the mission in the midst of a camp with streets lined with poles proudly displaying scalps gave me a new appreciation of the things they would have seen an endured as they sought to bring the Gospel to a people who had never heard.

As Catherine navigated the waters of a country at war, she learns the need for forgiveness and that love is not a trade. And she comes to realize the love of “the Great Good God” has made her complete.

The battle that she fought regarding the choices she was faced with was intense — is it right to help the enemy in order to end suffering?

Readers should be aware that as a war story, some gruesome situations are described, though not in great detail. The cruel practices of the tribes in this area are also described, again, not in great detail. It is not a pretty story and yet it is beautiful with a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Between Two Shores. "Jocelyn Green captures the tensions of war in Between Two Shores, on the field with musket and tomahawk and in the tender battlefield of the heart. With gorgeous prose that sings across the pages, vibrant characters, and a plot as unpredictable as a river voyage, Green has penned another winner for historical fiction lovers." ~Lori Benton, author of Many Sparrows and Burning Sky
  • Hudson Bay company fur bale packaging from Fort Vancouver. The back room of Catherine's trading post would have looked similar when she was getting ready to send her porters to Albany to trade.
  • Voyageur carrying a pelt bale using a hemp tump line around his forehead.
  • Anatomy of a voyageur's canoe
  • Painting depicting the Battle of the Plains of Abraham
  • Inspiration for Catherine Stands-Apart Duval. (Melanie McLaren, French and Ojibwe heritage)
  • Insp for Samuel Crane (but Samuel has brown eyes and lighter hair)
  • Inspiration for Thankful Winslet
  • Inspiration for Bright Star (Tanaya Beatty)
  • Inspiration for Joseph Many Feathers, even though the hairstyle is different. (Rodney Grant - Omaha)
  • Uniforms

About 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. 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.

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