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Posted June 15, 2012
I don't know if I've read any other book by this author but I sure will. A book that draws you into the French Revolution and how it would affect a family in more than one way.
Isabelle is an Aristocrat hated by the peasants. The destinction of the classes comes through. The poor blame the rich. The rich abuse the poor. But yet a child cannot be blamed for what class they were born into.
Isabelle was running for her life when beaten and left for dead in the woods. This is where Michel finds her. He takes her to his house and tends her wounds and broken arm. This alone puts him and his Mom at stake of arrest. Yet God's love crosses the class barrier.
This is truly a story of learning not to judge people by their background and forgive. Also how sin can cause the innocent to suffer. People suffer just because sin is in the world. Yet God works in the midst of the evel for good.
A story I will not give the ending. Hatred hurts the person who harbors it more than those it is aimed at. Also it is sometimes misguided. Also forgiveness frees a person. They aren't bound because of hating someone.
I'd like to see another story about Isabelle and Michel.
Posted May 6, 2012
This book kept me captivated the entire way through! It was so enjoyable and great to see how love overcomes all. You feel the character's struggles with giving/ receiving forgiveness-- it is expertly woven throughout the book. The scene descriptions in the book put you "right there" in the middle of it, and it's hard to put the book down once you get started. I hope Naomi will write another book soon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2012
A women running from soldiers, getting caught && beaten, a sweet farmer finding her & nursing her back to health, her desparate to still escape the soldiers who would have her killed, and love......kept me on my toes & interested.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2012
By the end of the book I was turning pages as fast as I could to see how it ended. The twist was unexpected. The characters had such powerful emotions, a powerful love, and such insurmountable odds against them being able to be together. I wondered how the author would pull it off, but she did. A great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2012
The Love Inspired line of Harlequin Romance has just found an awesome new author to add to their ranks.
I read Sanctuary for a Lady by Naomi Rawlings in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. This beautifully written historical romance is set in the era of the French Revolution so the drama is vividly real. Isabelle de La Rouchecauld, the daughter of a French Duke, is in danger of losing her life to the guillotine if farmer, Michel Belanger, doesn’t hide her in his simple home.
I loved the fast pace of this novel that at the same time doesn’t skimp on excellent writing. Historical detail is expertly woven in, but never detracts from a story full of danger and blossoming love.
But what made me give this book a 5-star rating was the twist near the end of the book that simply took my breath away. I never expected it. And yet it was so right. And how the author dovetailed that plot twist into an extremely satisfying ending sent tingles down my arms.
I want to read much, much more from this author.
Posted April 8, 2012
If you love non-traditional settings, this book is a must-read. Set in Revolutionary France, the characters are vivid, three-dimensional and beautifully flawed. Their journeys to forgiveness and love are perfectly plotted and paced. There is no "filler" in this book. Every word reads as if it was carefully chosen. The setting is alive, and even the villain is sympathetic by the end. To me, this is the mark of an excellent writer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2012
Wow! I just finished Naomi Rawling's debut novel, Sanctuary for a Lady, and have to say it was terrific. Half way through the book I found myself saying, "I can't believe this is a debut novel." Rawling's delves deep into both the hero and heroines inner most emotions and brings them alive. Isabelle and Michel are well rounded flawed characters that have been carefully fleshed out. Rawlings knows how to make you fall in love with her characters. There is no sagging middle in this book, the stakes continually go up, keeping you turning the page. The book was rich in historic facts and details adding to the book's appeal. If you are tired of reading carbon copy books and looking for something that not only will keep your interest but has a fresh new twist, I highly recommend Sanctuary for a Lady.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.