A Refuge Assured
by Jocelyn Green
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date February 6, 2018
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: Pennsylvania Federalist Era - US - 1789 - 1803
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for?
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I was drawn in by A Refuge Assured from the very start, and my interest did not wane at all through the entire book. The writing style was very engaging, the story enthralling and the characters were very likable.
The story was filled with people who weren’t what they seemed. Not knowing who was friend or foe added to the interest. And then there was Henri, the orphaned boy Vivienne ended up caring for. Was he the son of Marie Antoinette or not?
While I enjoyed Liam and Vivienne and the way they were portrayed, my favorite was Henri. The author did such an amazing job in writing his character. The sections of the book that conveyed his thoughts and emotions were masterfully done so that you really felt like it was an 8-year-old boy relating them. My favorite scene for that was when he was at the farm and going around trying to conquer his boredom.
While I have read books and seen movies that deal with the French Revolution, I have only been vaguely aware that there even was such a thing as the Whiskey Rebellion. It was fascinating to learn about this time in my country’s history. As these were dark and gruesome days, there were some elements in this story that was as well, however, the overall tone and mood of the story were hopeful and faith-filled.
The author’s notes at the end of the book mention that there is a tie between this story and The Lacemaker by Laura Franz other than just that the main characters made lace. I didn’t make the connection as I read, but maybe you will.