A Refuge Assured

A Refuge Assured

by Jocelyn Green


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ISBN-13: 9780764219078
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 232,049
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.

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Carol-Kelley More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Jocelyn Green "A Refuge Assured". Rich in history, it is set during the French Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion in America. Vivienne Rivard escapes from France because she has no more family and she is a lacemaker. A profession that is no longer acceptable and will lead to her death. But America isn't safe either especially after her friend dies and she agrees to care for her son. People believe he could be the young king of France in hiding and that puts both their lives in danger. She meets Liam Delany who helps get them to safety, or so they think. So many things happen in the book affecting the lives of many. A wonderful story. Looking forward to more books from Ms. Green. I received this e-book from the publisher/author and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Words fail me as I attempt to do justice to this incredible novel. Jocelyn Green possesses a gift for crafting a phenomenal story among a lesser-known historic backdrop, and her talents shine in A Refuge Assured. Masterfully created characters populate this novel, with as much care given to minor personalities as to the primary individuals such as Vivienne and Liam. Fact and fiction intermingle with arresting detail, and Green seamlessly blends it all with prose as expertly and elegantly wrought as Vivenne's lace. The harsh realities and consequences of oppression and carnal choices are heart-breakingly evident, yet a redemptive thread of faith is a steady reminder that anyone who seeks can find A Refuge Assured. You do not want to miss this phenomenal book. Grab your copy today! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely incredible historical novel! The characters are fantastic. They are so well developed and so varied that I was captivated and felt like I really knew them. Some of them I wished that I could just wrap them in a big hug and comfort them for all the heartache and loss that they had suffered. I know that I had heard about the French Revolution in school. This book set me in the middle of it and I saw the horrors and felt the terror through the lives of these characters. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Fulfilling like a wonderful meal that you savor. So rich in history and detail that you come away so much more knowledgeable of this time and place, as well as enjoying a wonderful story. The strength of these people and what they endured is so inspiring and still holding on to their faith. Wow....impressive story, writing, and research. Not a light and fluffy read, but a story with depth and layers that keep you engrossed from start to finish. The characters grab your heart and you want to aid them in their journey that God has set before them. I love this quote from Tante Rose to Vivienne, “God is the Creator, is He not? So when we create, even if it is a mere length of lace and not the stars in the Heavens, we honor Him. We bear His likeness when we work.” Just beautiful, lyrical writing. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Mauri More than 1 year ago
Vivienne Rivard and her Tante Rose were lacemakers for Marie Antoinette and the French court. When the revolutionaries took over France in 1792, lacemakers were considered criminals worthy of being sent to the guillotine, which was Rose's fate. In time, Vivienne is able to flee to America, to Philadelphia, which had a large population of French refugees. At her dwelling, she meets Martine, a former lady-in-waiting to the Queen, and her young son, Henri. When Martine knows she is near death, she entrusts Henri's care to Vivienne. There are some who believe Louis-Charles, heir to the French throne, is still alive, smuggled out of France, and that Henri is really him. Philadelphia has become too dangerous for Vivienne and Henri, so with the help of Liam Delaney, brother of Vivienne's employer, they flee to Asylum, a French settlement built especially for Marie Antoinette and her children. Liam has a farm there and a job delivering the mail between Asylum and Philadelphia. A veteran of the Revolutionary War who served alongside Alexander Hamilton, Liam is ordered by Hamilton to be part of the militia traveling to western Pennsylvania to put an end to the rebellion against the Whiskey Tax. Liam's cousin, Finn, is one of the rebels. Liam very much wants to do the right thing but so often feels he is failing those he loves. As he thinks later in the book, "Law and liberty. Order and freedom. It was all a tangled mess." Even in Asylum, danger abounds and Vivienne isn't always sure who she can trust, though she instinctively knows she can trust Liam. He tells her at one point when Henri's identity is in doubt, "I want you to remember something while I'm gone. That boy upstairs is a child of the King--the only King that matters--no matter who his parents were. And so are you." A REFUGE ASSURED is a well researched, beautifully written historical novel with just the right amount of romance and an ending that made me cry. Though the reader may be tempted to read quickly in order to find out what happens next, I found myself slowing down in places. This is a book to be savored, one I highly recommend. Though I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher, that did not influence my opinion. All thoughts are my own.
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
I appreciate the in-depth research Jocelyn Green did in preparation for writing A Refuge Assured. In her final notes, she helps the reader separate fact from fiction, which is also appreciated. Green’s writing piqued my interest, and as I was reading I did google searches on Alexander Hamilton’s role in the Whiskey Rebellion, the French aristocracy fleeing the French Revolution for the safety of the United States of America, and on Asylum, Pennsylvania. All of which was quite interesting and aligned with Green’s well written tale of Vivienne Rivard and William (Liam) Delaney. Vivienne, a resident of Paris, France and a lace maker to the queen, finds herself alone and in danger as her known family have died and being a lace maker has become a capital offense under the new regime. It would appear that her only hope of survival is to approach a stranger who had been willing to see to her mother’s escape, but circumstances make her only too aware that she must be the director of her own destiny. Arriving in the country that had only recently seen its own revolution, Vivienne is determined to make her own way. Little did she know that she would also become responsible for making the way for another. Liam Delaney once served as a soldier in the War of Independence, now he is torn between allegiance to the new nation and allegiance to his own conscience. Are those protesting the excise tax on distilled spirits write in their claims that they are once again being unfairly taxed or are Washington and Hamilton right in their extreme measures of enforcing the tax? While Liam much prefers time on his farm away from such political controversy, his job as a postal carrier brings him into Philadelphia, the nation’s capital, on a regular basis. The opportunity to visit his tavern-keeping sister made the trip and its nuisances worthwhile, and now there was also the opportunity to see the tavern’s new baker, Vivienne Rivard. Fans of historical fiction will gladly spend time between the covers of A Refuge Assured, and will hope for future stories about the Delaney family. I thank NetGalley and the Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of A Refuge Assured in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for providing this review.
JGuhl More than 1 year ago
Thank you Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of A Refuge Assured. A review was not required, and all opinions are my own. Jocelyn Green has another award-winner with this book for sure! Exciting from the beginning, this book draws you in from the very first page. The historical details are amazing, and the way she explores the political differences of the period without bias is phenomenal. She brings the characters and time period to life in a way that makes you feel as though you’re there. I loved learning so much about the French Revolution, as this was a part of history into which I hadn't previously delved. This book is an absolute must read for every fan of historical fiction- definitely one of my new all-time favorites! You won’t want to put it down!
A1Reads More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book really left me searching for words. Simply said, it is so good! Full of richly drawn characters, drama, danger, intrigue, righting wrongs, forgiveness, and compassion. It is a book that stays with you long after you've read the last page. The amount of history in this book is astounding, I learned much from it yet it doesn't feel like a textbook. The characters and scenes are so richly written, I felt like I was watching a movie as I was reading. I could see everything as it was happening. I loved the diversity in this book too. French aristocrats, Irish families, Americans, and a Freedman. The romance between Vivienne and Liam was very subtle and natural and not the main focus of the book. I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone I know. * I must thank Bethany House for gifting me a copy of this book. A review was not required. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big Jocelyn Green fan and A Refuge Assured did not disappoint! Actually, I think this is my favorite book by her. If I could give it more than five stars, I think I would! It was very hard for me to put it down and I caught myself thinking about it when I couldn't be reading it - the mark of a good book. Jocelyn has a way of writing that makes you see and feel like you're actually there in the story walking along with the characters as the story unfolds. I fell in love with the male and female leads of the story and I found myself as I walked along with the characters, wanting to cheer them on and protect them as they encounter life during the early days of America. As the story continues to unfurl, she fills it with little twists and turns that I didn't see coming and a few that I did see coming entwining them to tell a story that is hard to put down. My favorite part of this book and her previous book, The Mark of the King, was her use of United States history that I know nothing about. She masterfully weaves the fictional story around the little known historical events that played a big role in shaping America in who it is today. In A Refuge Assured, she touched on the French revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion and even a little known asylum for refugees from France. I found myself even researching on my own some of these historical events. Not only did I enjoy the book, but I also learned a lot! There were even parallels that our world is now experiencing with what the young nation encountered a few hundred years ago. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a review copy. A review was not required, and all opinions are my own.
Lilosmom More than 1 year ago
Jocelyn Green has a way of bringing history to life that goes far beyond what we learned in school. Her complex characters demonstrate the realities of life during difficult times in history. I had no idea the horrors of living during the French Revolution even if you weren't royalty, and it's hard to imagine the daily struggles of those who tried to escape and start new lives in America. A Refuge Assured quickly transports the reader to the side of Vivienne Rivard, a business woman (with her aunt) who provides lace to the upper class women and royalty. Because of her association with them she and all who produce the lace are targeted and she barely escapes to Philadelphia in the late 1700s. The book follows her efforts to start over again in a country that is mostly hostile to French refugees. There are many twists and important secondary characters she interacts with that provide a fascinating tale of the struggle to find peace and security. And along the way you will discover interesting twists on Alexander Hamilton and the Whiskey Rebellion. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a history buff. One of the things I really enjoy about Green's writing is that her books are NOT historical romances. They are first and foremost intriguing historical stories that may include a bit of romance (because that's real life). The stories are incredibly well researched and always examine God's providence and love in a natural, non-preachy way. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book for review. A review was not required and all opinions are my own.
BMace More than 1 year ago
Once again history has come alive to me in reading this fabulous book. It is rich in detail about what the world was like at that time. The French Revolution was felt as far away as America. Paris was red with the blood of the martyers when Vivienne fled to Philadelphia. Fascinating to me, were the feelings of some of those who lived in America and their willingness to carry out dastardly deeds that should have horrified them. The Whiskey Run and mail delivered by horseback were all part of life at that time, as was the settlement of lands many miles from the busy cities. Was there to be a refuge for those that needed it the most? Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me a review copy. A review was not required, and all opinions are my own.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Author Jocelyn Green wows with this book. Her research into lace making and the history of the day makes this book a masterpiece. Deep, solid characters take you on a journey from France to the United States. I fell in love with Vivienne, Liam, and the young Henri. So well developed, you’ll be certain that they really did live in the 1700s. With all of its rich detail it won’t disappoint. A Refuge Assured is a roller coaster ride of feelings as life ebbs and flows for the characters. History. Romance. Life and Death. This book has it all. If you enjoy historical fiction, romance, and espionage, you will revel in this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Jocelyn Green has masterfully crafted a beautifully written story in A Refuge Assured. she is an awesome storyteller and it truly shows in this novel. It is apparent that she did intense historical research. I never heard of the post American Revolutionary War era French Quarter in Philadelphia. I was fascinated and intrigued by Vivienne, Liam and Henri. A Refuge Assured is a perfect example why Jocelyn Green is among my "must go to" authors for a wonderful historical genre read. I give this one 100 stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Jocelyn Green has masterfully crafted a beautifully written story in A Refuge Assured. she is an awesome storyteller and it truly shows in this novel. It is apparent that she did intense historical research. I never heard of the post American Revolutionary War era French Quarter in Philadelphia. I was fascinated and intrigued by Vivienne, Liam and Henri. A Refuge Assured is a perfect example why Jocelyn Green is among my "must go to" authors for a wonderful historical genre read. I give this one 100 stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
BarbaraAnne More than 1 year ago
A Refuge Assured The compelling and beautiful blending of history and story in this book were perfect. This story brought to life aspects of American history about which I knew very little. It delighted me to experience history come alive as these varied individuals melded together to become Americans. The characters were a mixture of cultures and backgrounds. The story revealed a picture of the political climate of early America. I knew nothing about the whiskey rebellion or the French escaping to America. This for me is ideal historical fiction, touches of mystery, touches of romance and spiritual truths blended to create a captivating story. I appreciate knowing what parts of a novel come from actual history, but I resisted reading at first the author’s notes at the end of the book. While the main characters came from Jocelyn Green’s vivid imagination, the events and attitudes came from real history. Perfect! I had never heard of Asylum, Pennsylvania. I had never considered that the American experience of a divided opinion of a strong central government versus a people with individual freedoms was not too dissimilar from France and the French Revolution. Jocelyn’s wording shows her talent: “Vienne was raised with one foot in the world of the working people and the other tiptoeing through the doors of the aristocracy, catering to their whims. As such, she’d never fully belonged to either realm. Well practiced in straddling two worlds, she now belonged to neither France or America. Untethered, like a loose thread, while every other strand was woven into place.” Write on Jocelyn, you make history sing! Bethany House Provided an advance copy. A review was not required.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
“God is the creator, is He not?” she had said. “So when we create, even if it is a mere length of lace and not the stars in the heavens, we honor Him. We bear His likeness when we work.” -Tante Rose Jocelyn Green once again stuns us with a riveting tale of two people from very different backgrounds striving to make a new life for themselves. Vivienne Rivard, a strong, courageous young lacemaker from the courts of Paris escapes Revolutionary France just in time to save herself while Liam Delaney, a young Irish American who fought during the Revolutionary War, struggles with a changing young America. The story moves at a rapid pace through Revolutionary France to the shores of Philadelphia where Vivienne lands in the spring of 1794. As their paths intersect in Philadelphia, both characters have their core values and morals tested. Vivienne grapples with a lack of self-esteem due to her parentage and the frightening effects of the Revolution on her personal life. Liam battles with an overwhelming sense of responsibility for family and a conflicted conscience regarding independence and a need for laws and taxes in the new government. Once again I enjoyed Ms. Green’s use of historical detail about an obscure place in American history, French Azilum, Pennsylvania. The settlement was very real and existed along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Her many historical particulars included are the Whiskey rebellion, French Azilum, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Marie Antoinette. Morals and integrity are displayed throughout the story which also leaves the reader with a comforting sense of inspiration and faith. The themes of family, home, belonging, and responsibility stand strong all through the novel. Read this intriguing tale of the post Revolutionary War America to find out how Vivienne and Liam find a way to move on with their lives during a complex time in history. I loved this book and hope you will too! A truly inspiring read for fans of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, and romance! This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
This book was truly phenomenal, heart wrenching, and so well done! I tried to read this one slowly...to absorb everything that was written on the pages. Such a terrific story with loveable characters, an unusual setting, and ( my favorite part) a lot of obscure history! This book contains so much about the French Revolution and the French themselves. It also contains fascinating facts about the Whiskey Rebellion. The best way I could describe this book is SO FULL! Good reads to me are always the hardest to review. The best words are contained in the book itself. I love a good story, and I love to learn. The reader gets both in this novel. Really and truly don’t miss out on this one..especially historical fiction fans! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
As a lace maker to French nobility, Vivienne Rivard straddles two worlds. While she works to earn her living, it is her connection with royalty that could end her life during the revolution. She flees to the safety of America. A country just beginning to find its way after their own revolution. What I loved most about Vivienne is her willingness to learn. She is unlike those who were once a part of the royal court who expect everything to be handed to them. If she can’t sell her lace, she is determined to find another way to pay for her room and board. And when she takes on the care of a child, she does so fully invested. Liam Delaney has found peace and contentment after fighting in the American Revolution, yet his cousin’s role in the Whiskey Rebellion just might pull him back into service. Jocelyn Green vividly portrays the horrors of The Reign of Terror in France as well as the bustling and growing city (though still small) of Philadelphia on into the countryside of Western and Northern Pennsylvania. As Liam’s and Vivienne’s paths continue to cross, the two slowly grow admiration for the other. Their friendship builds with each meeting—in a believable and engaging way. When Vivienne’s life is threatened, Liam comes to her rescue. As someone who is not a huge history buff, I find any book that drives me to learn more about that time period has done its job well. And in A Refuge Assured, I turned to find out more about several things—the lost Dauphin, the Whisky Rebellion, and the French Revolution included. A strong storyline, lots of conflicts, believable and likable characters, and exquisite descriptions all combine to make this book one to savor. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
Travel with Vivienne from Paris to Pennsylvania. Come along for a journey that will sweep you off your feet and plant your imagination firmly in the pages of this epic tale. This story is a delightful kaleidoscope of vibrant picturesque phrases, abundant in historical details and a rich depth of emotion. In short, a veritable pleasure to the senses. I enjoyed learning new details about the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of a royal lacemaker. I gained a deeper understanding of what the French Revolution looked like. Jocelyn brings history to life by putting you right in the thick of the action. The story and the people became real, not just another story on the page in history. The characters are authentic and they draw you into their story, I felt a wide-range of sweeping emotion, from elation to sadness and everything in between. No stone is left un-turned. I felt fully immersed in the story and in the lives of Vivienne & Liam. This story is a delight to any history loving bibliophile. You won’t want to miss out on this exceptional story! I give A Refuge Assured 5-stars and highly recommend it to any who enjoy reading historical fiction. (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
SusanKC More than 1 year ago
Hauntingly beautiful! Jocelyn Green delivers another riveting story with the skill of a master craftsman. She masterfully weaves the story of refugees from the French Revolution seeking asylum in Pennsylvania, as our young country struggles in its' infancy with such controversial events as the Whiskey Rebellion. While there is much historical detail, it never overshadowed the story. The author artistically pens images of early American life with words that appeals to all of the senses. I found her characters to be endearing, in spite of their many flaws. This is a story filled with heart-breaking loss and triumph that rises above tragedy. It is a story of relationships and loyalties. It is a story of finding one's moral compass. It is a story of forgiveness. But most importantly, it is a story of finding home, family, a refuge....and knowing all along one can always find refuge and strength in God. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
From France to Pennsylvania your life is in danger because you make lace? This is brought about because of a frenzy of people who hate the monarchy, and will go to extremes to get rid of all chances that it will return to power, killing young children, and innocents. With a heavy heart the author has brought our lacemaker Vivienne Rivard actually running for her life, and puts in her path a young mother and child that will forever change her, and a hurt American Revolutionary, and Irishman, Liam Delaney. Soon I was googling for information about the happenings of the French Revolution and the child King. We watch with horror as injustice seems to follow our heroin across the ocean, and we cringe when those we admire through history are responsible for doing some of these same things that brought them to the War of Independence. We learn that some we trust cannot be trusted, and what they do is beyond my imagination. A historical story that is full of information that I did not know, and once started I could not put it down. Enjoy! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
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. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publishers/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
Captivating story with superb character development. If history classes and facts were half as interesting as this author incorporates into her stories, I would have scored at the top of the grading scale, when I was in school. I'm totally impressed by the research that went into A Refuge Assured. It is a captivating tale that takes its readers back to France in 1792 during the Revolution. Some people had to flee the country to save their life and lace maker, Vivienne Rivard, is one. Once landing in America Vivienne's life is anything but easy. Will she be able to find safety? What about others that she encounters? The characters in this story are extremely realistic. Most are quite likeable and I really felt a connection with several. I intentionally read this novel slowly to savor the book longer, but also because I knew I wouldn't want to say goodbye to Vivienne, Liam, Jethro, Finn or Henry. I loved how well written this novel was and how there were unexpected twists and turns throughout. The author is truly blessed with a creative, God given, talent for writing. She incorporates the Lord's presence in the characters without coming across as preachy. Such a remarkable gift. If you enjoy historical fiction that goes a bit deeper than most and has some interesting facts intertwined, you'll enjoy this incredible journey. I highly recommend A Refuge Assured. 5+ stars My thanks go out to the publisher for my complimentary copy. My review is my personal thoughts on this book and come from my heart and were not influenced by anyone.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
"God is the Creator, is He not?" she had said with a smile. "So when we create, even if it is a mere length of lace and not the stars in the heavens, we honor Him. We bear His likeness when we work." I am embarrassed to say that this is the very first book I've read written by Jocelyn Green. I am so glad that I read this book, for she has now become one of my favorite historical authors. What a riveting tale of human folly, repercussions of sins, second chances and redemption, and God's love and faithfulness. Ms Green is a master story-teller who weaves a delicious story infused with historical events, unforgettable characters, a generous dose of intrigue, a subtle hint of romance, and a firm undergirding of faith and prayer. The plot is propelled by real history that blends seamlessly with fictional events. The intrigue that surrounds the young boy Henri's identity and the trouble that follows him definitely adds a spark of adrenaline to the storyline. Vivienne and Liam are incredible characters. Vivienne is a French lacemaker fleeing the Reign of Terror, who ends up in Philadelphia with emotional scars that haunt her. She is a strong, capable woman with a great talent but feels unworthy of love due to her past. She holds a disdain and grudge against her father whom she meets early in the book. Liam is a former officer in the American Revolutionary War and a recently retired schoolmaster, hoping to build a farm and love the land he worked so hard to obtain. He is loyal, compassionate, hard-working, faithful, and steady in his beliefs. Such a swoon-worthy hero! I love his solid faith - "I want you to remember something while I'm gone. That boy upstairs is a child of the King - the only King that matters - no matter who his parents were. And so are you." The secondary characters of Henri, Armand - Vivienne's father, Tara - Liam's sister, and Finn - Liam's cousin, add deeper layers to the storyline to reveal how forgiveness, redemption, and healing can come from and through God. I didn't know much about the Whiskey Rebellion or the Frenchmen coming to this country to escape the Terror until this book. Although it's a work of fiction, I learned an incredible amount of history through the book. And, as always, was struck by the cruelty of war and the evils of men, whether driven by greed, mistakenly directed ideals and ideas, or substance like alcohol. It was also interesting to see Alexander Hamilton and George Washington portrayed in a slightly different light from what we're taught in elementary school. What an incredible journey! Anyone who enjoys a well-written gripping historical fiction would LOVE this book. I was given a copy of this book by the author and publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
SarahSundin 11 months ago
A Refuge Assured shines a light on a tumultuous time in American history as the new nation tried to decide what it would stand for. Jocelyn Green spins an enthralling story built on impeccable research, with fascinating characters. Historical fiction at its finest!