A REFUGE ASSURED by Jocelyn Green, review by Winnie Thomas
A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green
Rich in historical detail and abounding in fascinating characters, A Refuge Assured is the perfect blend of intrigue, suspense, history, and romance. Jocelyn Green has crafted a spectacular tale that kept me spellbound from the first page to the end. Set against backdrops in France and Pennsylvania in the late 1700s, the history of those areas was integral to the story and seamlessly combined with the fictional tale. I enjoyed learning more about the happenings during that time period.
The main characters, Vivienne and Liam, were endearing and memorable, and they hit me right in the heart as they struggled to overcome their difficulties. With tender messages of forgiveness of self and others, along with faith and hope, this book has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy clean historical fiction. I will definitely be looking forward to more books from this author.
BACK COVER BLURB:
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?
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 the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley, with no obligations. All opinions are my own.