A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green was so achingly beautiful I’m floundering for adequate words to describe it. Seriously. So while I’m scouring my mental process for anything intelligent to uphold my claim that this is my favorite story of 2018, you can read the 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, 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 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.
Okay. Here goes. *breathes deep*
It is evident a lot of work went into crafting this remarkable novel. The author depicts major historical events with exceptional accuracy, sewing these details into a poignant story. From the opening pages, I was submerged into the tempestuous season of the French Revolution. The upheaval and grief threatened to destroy Vivienne Rivard, the heroine, but grace proved stronger. Her resiliency was inspiring as well as her noble purpose to do what’s right. Though she carries haunts of the guillotine, wounds of estranged parents, and the worries of surviving in America, Vivienne’s heart for God and others is as brilliant as the lace she fashions. It was moving to experience her trials and triumphs. But what I loved most was her relationship with Liam.
Liam Delaney is by far one of the most honorable heroes that I’ve read in a long time. He’s a fierce protector of everything he loves—from his family, consisting only of his sister and cousin, to the farming land he’s toiled over. This endearing virtue holds no exception when Vivenne walks into his life. The challenges these two face in a short length of time exceeds what most experience in a lifetime, and it was awe-infusing how God became their Refuge.
Twists and turns, ups and downs, failures and triumphs saturate this story, giving the reader plenty to muse over!
Just as thread unites a garment, faith bonds this story together in a tender way. The spiritual theme of God being our refuge is ever-present in an organic—but never forced—tone.
I LOVED this 5-star story oh so much and am excited to see what the author has in store for this eager reader!
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*I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions are my own.