Between Two Shores

Between Two Shores

by Jocelyn Green


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The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-
fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel's life convince her he's in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She's risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219085
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 110,827
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jocelyn Green is the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King and A Refuge Assured. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award and the Golden Scroll. Jocelyn lives with her family in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at

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Between Two Shores 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
GiaT 9 months ago
Between Two Shores is a heart-homerun for me. What a journey through time. I am very familiar with Quebec. It has an incredible history, so I appreciated the very accurate historical details depicted of the time of the French and Indian War, and the gruesome realities of it. They were almost too realistic. Kudos. Catherine Stands-Apart, half French Canadian and half Mohawk, is brave, proud and torn between her two cultures. Neither accepts her. Deciding to live with her more-drunk-than-not, French Canadian father, sets her on a life path that is at times dangerous, almost always heart-wrenching, yet her bravado is to cheer for. Samuel is not the typical love interest. Does he deserve the choice she makes to help rescue him? I was torn in so many ways. As in, talking-back-to-the-book torn. There are many worthy, genuine characters. Excellent world building. Story lines that just twist and turn and take you by surprise. If you’re a historical fiction lover, you must read this book. If you’re not a historical fiction lover, you must read this book, regardless. Loved it. Highly recommended. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in my review are my very own.
SavannaKaiser 14 days ago
Between Two Shores is another unforgettable story by one very talented author. The history pulled me in closer with each page I turned. Not only did I learn more about our country’s past, but I felt as if I walked in the heroine’s shoes for awhile. Catherine is bold and brave, but she’s also sensitive and gentle toward those she loves. She faces her fears and hurts, proving to be a warrior through and through. Her journey is not to be missed. While I wouldn’t say this is a historical romance, the tale carries great heart and emotion. The challenges of war affect each of the characters in realistic and sometimes heartbreaking ways. It wasn’t the easiest read, due to these heavy topics, but I appreciated its truth in the details. Not to mention, the author’s prose and gift for painting magical settings truly made the story come alive. If you enjoy reading about strong heroines who rise above the gritty challenges of their world, this book is for you. Between Two Shores will sweep you away down the river alongside Catherine. I have a feeling you’ll come out on the other side changed, and for the better, just as she.
KimPotter 3 months ago
Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green is a stand-alone novel. Set during the time of the French and Indian War. Catherine Duval is the daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father. She has always been a part of both worlds, now she is forced to take sides in a war where she would rather be a neutral. Samuel Crane, a British prisoner and her ex-fiancé, claims to have information that will end the war. When he asks Catherine to help him escape, she must decide were her loyalties lie. I really enjoyed learning more about the history of the Seven Years’ War. The interaction of Catherine and her siblings, and the growth of character that they all showed was amazing to watch. One scene at the river bordered on improper but other than that the book was great. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
AJLanserpants 4 months ago
Jocelyn Green has done it again! This book tells a beautiful (and often difficult) story of redemption, of purpose, of calling. Set in 1759 in Quebec, Canada, during the French and Indian War (or really, more accurately, the Seven Years’ War), Catherine Duval must choose between neutrality, family, heritage, and her heart. She is faced with many challenges and hurts throughout her life. Her journey of acceptance and joy following a lifetime of disappointment is a lovely picture of how our Lord ransomed and redeemed us – and how He calls us His own! Filled with history, beautiful language and Christian truths without being preachy or trite, this book is more than a work of entertaining fiction. It challenges hurts with the truth of the Gospel, brings to light a time in history with which the reader may not be familiar, and reminds us to move forward in the love and comfort of life with Jesus. It is certainly not a typical work of “Christian historical fiction,” and that is another reason it stands out so highly in my mind. I’ll leave you with a paragraph from page 225… “’What is courage,’ he said, ‘but moving forward in the face of fear? If there was nothing to be afraid of, we would have no need to be brave.’” - I received an advance copy of this book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, but all the opinions in the review are 100% mine and I was not required to post a review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Catherine Stands-Apart, the middle child of a Mohawk mother and French-Canadian fur trader father, has wavered between two worlds for as long as she can remember. When her mother and siblings deserted her abusive alcoholic father, she alone remained, yet refused to fully submit to his desires to form her into a proper French madamoiselle. She attempts to bridge these worlds, factoring trades and employing her sister and other Mohawk women to transport furs along the rivers which form the borders between nations, despite the hostilities between the French, English, and their respective native North American allies. That conflict, which has expanded from raiding parties into full-blown war, has brought famine to their doorstep. When her father ransoms a hostage, however, she is forced to face a buried pain far greater than an empty belly. Set during the backdrop of the "Seven Years War" (which we Americans know as the "French and Indian War"), Between Two Shores captures Catherine Stands-Apart's longing to find her own place in the constant tug between two disparate words and yearning for peace and security. She embarks on a perilous journey, and the crossing ripples of her past and her present will pull readers into her bateau's wake. I was captivated by the depth of character developed in this single perspective story, which allowed Catherine's voice to shine like sunlight dappling the ripples of her oar strokes. While the events surrounding her voyage form a fascinating tale, readers will find her emotional and spiritual journey as tumultuous and ultimately satisfying, despite the river's bends and turns. Award-winning author Jocelyn Green has crafted many memorable heroines, but none quite so vivid and fiercely vulnerable as Catherine. Readers who love Laura Frantz's novels about the early American eastern frontier and Jane Kirkpatrick's sweeping stories of westward migration will be enchanted by this new classic in Christian historical fiction. While I would have previously listed The Mark of the King as my favorite book by Jocelyn Green, Between Two Shores may take it's place! *Mini spoiler alert* Some readers who long for a traditional, predictable "happily ever after" may be disappointed by the ending, but I found it refreshing and satisfying. Sometimes the road less taken is exactly the right path - especially when the road is along the shadowy edges of a silver highway down a moonlit river. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are completely my own.
Kelly Hodgkins 5 months ago
I told you, I’m not stay.” Catherine Stands-Apart drew back from her sister’s touch and planted her feet wide at the edge of their mother’s grave. The freshly turned soil pushed between her toes. “I only came to say good-bye.” Opening lines of Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green The back cover describes Jocelyn Green as inspiring faith and courage and that shines through her latest historical novel Between Two Shores. My shallow understanding of the war between the British and the French fought in Canada didn’t prepare me for the brutality. As is often with wars, poverty, disease and the denial of human rights is rife and Jocelyn exposes all of these. Catherine is the leading lady representing both the Mohawk and French perspective and her former fiancé Samuel stands in defense of the British as a born American. Ethnic, religious and political lines are drawn and crossed as the novel progresses. The pain of loss echoes through all of the characters and the horrors inflicted by solidiers on all sides highlights the similarity of the innocents caught in the fight rather than their differences. The goal of ending the war supersedes sides for our leading characters as they fight to save the ones they love. Anticipating a historical romance, I expected the facts to be cushioned in pockets of happiness and a triumph for the characters we come to love. Jocelyn is more true to life. The journey taken is harrowing and devastating for characters and readers alike and whilst mercy, grace and hope come to life in the end, they do so covered in blood sweat and tears. Gritty stories are not my forte, too deeply do I feel the emotions of those I read of and so, there was little enjoyment for me in this one, a three out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale, The writing is beautiful, the characters walk off the page and the history, accurate. If you are looking for realism and heart with Christianity threaded through, I highly recommend it.
thisgalsjourney 5 months ago
Jocelyn Green has done it again. In Between Two Shores, she whisks the reader away to 1750’s Canada during the war. It was a time in history about which I was unfamiliar. Green provides accurate and compelling details of the time period woven throughout a riveting story of a woman desperately trying to find her place in the world. Green weaves the theme of personal identity and belonging with biblical clarity, historical accuracy, and emotional depth and sensitivity. A beautiful read.
SarahSundin 5 months ago
In Between Two Shores, Jocelyn Green brings to life the perilous times of the French & Indian War in Canada. Lush descriptions and compelling characters make reading this story a rich experience. Along the way, Catherine faces truths about herself and the Lord that resonated with me. Don’t miss this story!
Lattebooks 6 months ago
So much history and heart tugging sorrow with gritty reality! So hard to decide what I would do in her situation – born from a Mohawk mother and a French trader father. The author develops the struggles and harsh reality of this during war times so well. Family turmoil with one foot in each side and loyalties she can’t betray makes for a page turning read. I keep wanting to comment on the history and detail! It is done SO well! This is a bookshelf keeper for sure.
lsnlj 6 months ago
If you love historical fiction you will like this book. Some chapters take place years before others but you know exactly what year it is before you begin that chapter. Catherine Duval is half Mohawk and half French. She is a contrast in many ways. She stands apart and strong in many areas yet is so soft hearted and loving in others. While she does not want to pick sides in a war, she does not understand, that is exactly what she must do. There is action, history, forgiveness, and heartache in this book. Tough decisions and those consequences as well.
Anonymous 6 months ago
To be completely honest, when I discovered Between Two Shores was listed as Historical fiction and not solely labeled a love story, my romance-addict brain entertained some doubts. But then, I considered the author. I trusted Jocelyn Green’s storytelling panache. I knew she would take me on an incredible journey that would be as memorable as it is engaging. And at the risk of sounding smug, I have to say I was totally right! This story is achingly beautiful. I’ve never really struggled writing reviews for stories, but this one, oh this one made me pause. I can easily rattle off the standard—It’s fabulous! Glad I read it!—but Between Two Shores isn’t your standard story. No, there’s something about it. The prose is lyrical, the descriptions are vivid, the characters burrow into your heart and remain with you. It’s like the moment you reach The End, you realize you’re not the same as when you had started reading—your soul’s refreshed. Yes, it’s fiction, but the strokes of grace are indelibly brushed on your heart. Catherine is a character not to be forgotten. Her journey is an emotional experience, much more than just words on a page. It’s felt. The reader feels her self-sacrifice, bears the depths of her wounds, but also lives that pivotal moment where unconditional love—one that’s greater than any hurt —becomes the pillar of her existence. Oh this story!!! Samuel is the epitome of loyalty. One who always endeavors to protect, to accomplish what is right even to his own momentary pain. He has some beautiful lines of wisdom, such as: “God is not hemmed in by church or chapel. He does not belong to priests alone. He is no respecter of the lines drawn between nations, armies, or empires, but lives within you, wherever you are. You cannot get away from Him. He is here because He dwells in you. Do not be afraid.” These characters, friends!!! Each carry their own story. Their own scars and victories. I’ve learned so much from each of them. I’m grateful for authors who take risks with their storytelling because it’s between those pages where we, as readers, grow. Develop right alongside the characters. Thank you, Jocelyn Green, for penning another novel that nestled its way into my heart. *I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
Nicole_C 7 months ago
Jocelyn Green’s latest historical novel Between Two Shores captures the essence and the rich historical details of the Seven Years’ War in the 1700s in Montreal. Readers are immediately drawn to this book by its beautiful and captivating cover. Green tells the story of Catherine Duval who is “caught between two worlds” being the daughter of a Mohawk mother and a French father. In addition to her heritage, her former fiancé is a British prisoner who was purchased by her father to work for him. Suddenly they both find themselves in danger and in the midst of the conflict. Green created a well-researched novel filled with history, heartbreak, and courage that readers of historical fiction will find interesting. She does not shy away from the pain and cruelty that many faced as victims of war. Readers will learn a lot of history that they did not know before. This book is a longer read and switches back and forth between different time periods in the characters’ lives. It is not a historical romance novel, but I would recommend it for readers who enjoy historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Lmpreiss 7 months ago
I received an advance reading copy of the book “Between Two Shores” by Jocelyn Green for my honest opinion of the book. Between Two Shores is a well-researched and well written historical novel. It is set in the mid 1700’s in the Montreal/Quebec area of Canada during the Seven Years’ War. It is one woman’s story of living and surviving in between two worlds. She was born to a Mohawk mother and a French father. While she chooses to live in the French world with her father, she also mingles with her siblings on the reservation and runs a trading post that trades between the Mohawk, French and English. This book was full of historical detail and place descriptions. I felt that I could see the area as she was describing it. I admit it took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I enjoyed it. Be aware it is not a romance book. For some that will be good news, for others maybe not. I personally like a bit of romance in my books, so it was a little sad for me. I did like enjoy the main character, Catherine. She is a strong woman who can hold her own against anything that comes her way, but also does show some vulnerability when it comes to her family. I recommend this book to those who really like good historical details. Jocelyn really does her homework to ensure accuracy.
TheBeccaFiles 7 months ago
I feel like I’ve read a lot of books lately that have left me in the book fog. Jocelyn has masterfully integrated twists and turns that leave the readers speechless in the most unexpected of times. Her writing is impeccable despite leaving me a puddle of muddled emotions. Catherine’s character was developed incredibly. Half Mohawk and half French, she finds herself torn between two worlds. As a young girl following the death of her mother, she decides to leave her siblings and the life she’s always known to live with her father. When she was younger her father lived with his family among the Mohawks, but after an accident that left him injured he left and sought relief in a bottle. Feeling a conviction to help care for her father, Catherine moves in with him. It broke my heart to see how she was treated by him growing up, and how no matter how terribly he treated her–she still hoped for his love and approval. No matter where she went she felt as if she didn’t belong. To the Mohawks she was too French, and to the French she was too Mohawk. Her heart wanted to please all but it was an impossible feat. Loss through violence is something almost all of the characters shared through personal experience. Both indentured servant’s of Catherine’s father (Samuel and Thankful) watched their families brutally murdered and scalped before their eyes as young children. Years later the traumatic memories continued to haunt them. Catherine was aware that both sides in the war were responsible for horrible crimes but it was as if she carried the guilt for both sides of her heritage. She desperately wanted peace so that the violence would come to a hopeful end. There are a few things that I would love to talk about but won’t because they would absolutely spoil you, but just know that this book managed some pretty big twists and turns I didn’t see coming at all. I was stuck in the book fog for the larger part of the end of this book! Despite having other things to do I refused to close the book until I had made it to the end. I absolutely highly recommend this one! *I received a copy of this book from the author. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Griperang72a 7 months ago
I loved this book. I have been trying to find more and more books to read in this time period and was not disappointed when I got the chance to read this one. As with the other books I have ready by Jocelyn I enjoy this author's writing style. She also makes sure that her research really shows. I am sure it was hard for Catherine to have to choose whether or not to help Samuel. The author does a good job of showing how Catherine is feeling through her writing. This book was full of emotions and adventure. This is a must read book of this season.
KingofkingsPrincess 7 months ago
Jocelyn Green painted scenery with words and gave history several faces in Between Two Shores. Using Catherine’s relationships and experiences, I learned about the French and Indian War and more about the fur trade. Interactions with family, friends, and even enemies revealed much about the characters in Between Two Shores. As Catherine lived and survived among those relationships, she moved from death, loyalty, betrayal, and finally to redemption.
KatrinaEpperson 7 months ago
Wow!! What an amazing book! I loved this story. This story takes place during the Seven Year's War in Kahnawake, Quebec. This story follows the life of Catherine Stands-Apart. Catherine's character immediately pulled me into this story. She shows her strength of character in the first few pages. With the death of her mother at a young age she leaves everything familiar and her tribe to go live with her father. This was her choice and she did it because she didn't want him to be alone. Catherine is a woman who lives in two very different worlds. She chose to live in her father's world, but easily moves within her mother's world. She has essentially taken over the running of her father's trading post and with that it has become more profitable. Catherine is a hard worker, but she has a tender heart. As the story progresses Catherine must finally make a choice, British or French side. All she knows is that she wants the war and strife to end. Life is hard enough just living day to day, but add war into that and it's so much harder. Choices can make life not only hard, but also deadly. Catherine's choice shows her as not being a victim, but as being a survivor. This story is not a romance, but more of a drama as it centers around Catherine and her life choices. It brings complex and engaging characters that will tug on her heart strings. It brings elements of mystery, suspense, turmoil, romantic tension, and a rich backstory. This historical captures time and place accurately. Once I started this book I didn't want to put it down. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves historical or just a good clean read. **I received this book from the author via the publisher. I was not expected to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Set in the time period of the French and Indian War comes a captivating historical story. Catherine stands apart is caught between many loyalties to her father her siblings her mother's people and her past love. Amidst a war that brings hardship to her front door, she's also running her father's Trading Post. With beautiful descriptive passages that transport you from a trading post on a journey that is fraught with danger when her former love comes back Catherine must come to many decisions some of which are heartbreaking. The most important lesson that Catherine learned is that God is with you all the time and he will never forsake you even when life doesn't go as planned. She also learned that she had to forgive in order to move on in her life. I was part of a launch Team and received a complimentary book all comments are my own.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Paula Shreckhise’s review: Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green is an epic tale set in Montreal, Quebec in 1759. It tells of Catherine Duval a half Mohawk, half French daughter of a trapper, Gabriel Duval. Other players include Catherine’s sister, Bright Star; brother, Joseph and two ransomed captives, Thankful and Samuel and several antagonists. It depicts the fighting between the French and British. It is not a story for the faint of heart. It tells of Catherine caught between two worlds and vividly describes the hardships of war. Catherine has conflicting emotions ever since she left her half brother and sister to go live with her father at his trading post. Will aiding one side or the other help put an end to the war? Jocelyn Green brings to life the struggle of diverse characters during the French and Indian War. The research is impeccable, revealing such customs as Indians capturing English as substitutes for relatives who had died and how such captives were ransomed. This illustrates the spiritual truth that Jesus has ransomed all of us. I was especially touched by the waterfall scene near the end with Catherine, Bright Star and Thankful. It paralleled baptism and washing away hurts granting forgiveness. With Ms. Green’s beautiful descriptions and exemplary prose, it was easy to get caught up in the story. It seemed very real. The deep spiritual lessons permeated the book. I could feel Catherine’s inner turmoil as she tried to please her father and put aside her own wants and needs for the good of others in many situations. The story showed the hardships and sacrifices of the times. You could see how the characters matured both in their walk with God and their interaction with those close to them. I recommend this book for those who love Historical Christian Fiction and appreciate exceptional writing. *I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. * Paula Shreckhise
iStudyScripture 7 months ago
Between Two Shores spans from 1744 to 1761 and chronicles the life of Catherine Stands-Apart, a woman born from the union of a French trapper and his Mohawk wife. After the death of her mother, Catherine’s decision to leave her sister and brother in the village of Kahnawake and join her father at his trading post located across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal, would set the course for her life. From that moment on, she became a woman caught in the middle of two worlds and eventually two nations. Family dynamics drive this story, while unique circumstances precipitated by the French and Indian War ratchet up the tension even higher. Green made me feel so much empathy for Catherine, whose heart was broken time and time again by those who were supposed to love and cherish her the most. First, by her sister whose bitterness took root when Catherine abandoned the People. Then repeatedly by her father, who tried to have the “savage” trained out of his daughter, and when that failed took to abusing her—a problem compounded by alcohol. Last of all by her betrothed, who she assumed to be dead until he was ransomed by her father. In this novel, some characters are adopted by Indians while others are ransomed. “Once a captive is ransomed, he or she stays and works in that location like an indentured servant for six years or so, until the money spent on the ransom is considered paid off by labor. At the end of that time, the ransomed captive is usually free to leave New France.” While these practices were common in the period, my favorite aspect of this story was how Green turns them into spiritual lessons about how Christians are ransomed by Christ and adopted into the Kingdom of God. It’s absolutely beautiful! As a veteran fan of the author, I’ve come to know and cherish her vivid imagery and impeccable research. I like the direction she’s taken with her 7th novel—steering away from romance without sacrificing deep interpersonal relationships. Between Two Shores was an excellent way to kick off 2019! Pick up a copy when it releases February 5th from Bethany House Publishers. Christian Shelf-Esteem received a book to facilitate this review. The views and opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255 Guidelines, concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.
AMHeath 7 months ago
What I Loved: Green is one of those historical authors that I always look forward to reading and never regret picking up. Between Two Shores was a stunning novel. Green’s understanding of the history, setting, and the various cultures help the story to leap off the pages. She’s a very gifted historical author and I highly recommend her work if you haven’t picked up one of her novels yet. I’m gonna be honest, this was not a fluffy story. Far from it, actually. But it’s the sort of story that causes the reader and the character to grow. Now, when I say this wasn’t fluffy, I don’t mean that it was graphic or outside the Christian bounds. I only mean that there was a plot twist that I found as painful as the character did. Readers don’t need to proceed with caution, but they should expect a heavy, yet beautiful, story when they pick this one up. Rating and Recommendations: I recommend this one to Christian Historical fiction fans, those looking for a deep, challenging story, and for those wanting to delve into the British, Native American, or French conflicts in the 1700s. I’m giving it 5 stars. ~I received a copy from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.
JayeLKnight 7 months ago
The 18th century is one of my favorite time periods so this book caught my interest as soon as I read the description. I can’t say the beginning grabbed me as much as I would have liked. The abundance of backstory seemed to have quite a few areas of telling instead of showing that didn’t feel smooth to me, but overall it was a very interesting book. I reenact this time period, so I loved all the history. It wasn't the romance novel as I was expecting, but I am a hopeless romantic so that’s just my preference. If you like fiction that really immerses you in history, then I definitely recommend Between Two Shores.
bmrawlins 8 months ago
A satisfying story about finding your place and true joy. Well balanced fiction with historical facts. It’s hard not to get attached to the characters, all of them, as they’ve all survived hardship and have a story to tell. Not really a romance story, but, as to be expected from Jocelyn, Christ is foremost in this redemptive story. I was encouraged and challenged.
Christianfictionandmore 8 months ago
While I have read a few books set during the French and Indian War, I am less familiar with Canadian history that sees that war as part of a larger conflict called the Seven Years' War which involved the Americas, Europe, Africa and India. In Between Two Shores Jocelyn Green focuses on the war's impact on Quebec, Montreal and the surrounding area. While most of the characters are fictional, most of the details are firmly based on history. While I want to be careful not to include any spoilers, I will say that Bright Star's remark that, “Some stories don't end the way you want them to,” certainly applies to parts of this story. However, Green demonstrates that forgiveness can lead to acceptance and contentment with the reality of how some of life's stories do end. Coming to this realization is often painful, but to quote another character, “Healing comes with a price, and I'm afraid the price is pain. Beyond that, however, is wholeness.” I believe most readers will find the healing that comes in a variety of ways to a variety of relationships in this book quite inspiring. I thank Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Christianfictionandmore 8 months ago
While I have read a few books set during the French and Indian War, I am less familiar with Canadian history that sees that war as part of a larger conflict called the Seven Years' War which involved the Americas, Europe, Africa and India. In Between Two Shores Jocelyn Green focuses on the war's impact on Quebec, Montreal and the surrounding area. While most of the characters are fictional, most of the details are firmly based on history. While I want to be careful not to include any spoilers, I will say that Bright Star's remark that, “Some stories don't end the way you want them to,” certainly applies to parts of this story. However, Green demonstrates that forgiveness can lead to acceptance and contentment with the reality of how some of life's stories do end. Coming to this realization is often painful, but to quote another character, “Healing comes with a price, and I'm afraid the price is pain. Beyond that, however, is wholeness.” I believe most readers will find the healing that comes in a variety of ways to a variety of relationships in this book quite inspiring. I thank Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.