Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith Book Two

Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith Book Two

by Marguerite Martin Gray


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ISBN-13: 9781512755114
Publisher: Westbow Press
Publication date: 09/19/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith Book Two 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Sunday, December 4, 2016 Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray, © 2016 Revolutionary Faith, Book Two About ten years ago I stood in the front bedroom of my parent’s antebellum house listening to my father tell stories about his ancestors–my ancestors while waving around a silver candlestick–my eight times great-grandfather’s gift to his bride. A story was born and I was off to Charleston, S.C. --author Marguerite Martin Gray Charles Town, colony of South Carolina, 1773 Waiting faithfully at the dock, Elizabeth Elliott searches the horizon to catch a closer glimpse of the sea-worthy vessel, The Rose, as her brother-in-law and hidden beloved are arriving.To see their approach in the distance! Father would believe her imperiled should he suspect her love for Louis Lestarjette and his for her. Louis has purchased a home, their home, once their engagement is announced and a wedding date arriving. Soon. Oh, my dear Lord, may it be soon! Invited to dinner with his aunt and uncle, her mother entrusted her to go, but only this once. Would Mother ever have an agreement of her own, separate from Father's whims for her? His plans, his ideals. So separate. Elizabeth's stick out so rationally, or irrationally he certainly would say, should he know or become aware of her views as a variance to his. Louis. How alive it is to see him again. The months separated at sea; how can her sister and their children manage with her husband, Robert, apart from them so long? Manage. Such a strong word. Not to be idle, so the hours fly by until time stops once again for them alone. When Louis was with Elizabeth, it was hard to concentrate on the negative––war, conflicts, insults, the enemy. In her presence, he focused only on peace, love, and hope. --Surround Me, 65-66. Certain that outside motives will not hamper their lives together, Louis and Elizabeth stay true to their plans and confidence in each other. Their future together looms large on their hearts. A crucial time in history is right around the corner. The author has written a comprehensive involvement of the elements of Partisan and Loyalist views. What is ahead of them will cement choice and conviction. Safety for all is at hand. Will they be able to see through to each other? ***Thank you to Celebrate Lit for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for Surround Me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Stardust_Fiddle 7 months ago
The sequel to “Hold Me Close”, “Surround Me” plunges readers immediately back into the world of pre-Revolutionary Charles Town, South Carolina. Louis and Elizabeth’s story continues alongside that of the burgeoning nation, two plot lines that dovetail and reveal the intricacies of colonial life. In many ways, America is facing similar situations today, and this makes the narrative more apropos and relevant. Under oppression and unfair rule by the British, the colonies must decide where they stand and settle on a course of action. From the vantage point of history, it is easy to forget about all of the less-well-known events and just focus on the big picture, but “Surround Me” highlights the formation and strengthening of the Sons of Liberty and the political stirrings that fomented rebellion. As a work of fiction, this novel adheres to historical fact while adding in a vital human element. Through the lives of Louis and Elizabeth, readers have a vested interest in the happenings of the town and the country at large. Reading about the couple’s trip to Boston was interesting, particularly in how closely it resembles a modern honeymoon. As partisans, both characters lead lives that put them at the forefront of the revolutionary movement, and readers are given the opportunity to see the roles a woman and a successful businessman would each play in the demonstrations and meetings leading up to war. Several famous historical figures appear, including Samuel Adams and John and Abigail Adams, the latter of whom is credited with the idea of creating pockets in petticoats to conceal items. The most inspiring component of the story is Louis and Elizabeth’s unwavering faith in God in the face of growing turbulence and unrest. Their allegiance is to God first, then each other, then their homeland, a delineation that serves well today, too. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and Goodreads and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST 8 months ago
I enjoy historical novels and this one does not disappoint, we are back with friends that we met in the first book in this series set in Revolutionary times. We get to travel around the colonies by way of a trip to Boston, and see first-hand what is going on to make these famous men want independence from England. We also are given some sweet romance, and hope for a future between two of those that we met previously. Will these two, one French and the other a daughter of a staunch supporter of the Crown, be able to marry? I loved all the updates, as we move forward, and am looking forward to a conclusion to this series, or I want to have more! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
MrsTina42MR 8 months ago
Surround Me #2 Revolutionary Faith by Marguerite Martin Gray Surround Me is filled with rich historical details of 1773 Charles Town, South Carolina during the pre-Revolutionary War period. We get glimpses of the Son’s of Liberty and the obvious disputes and strong feelings following Britain's Tea act and the imminent changes to come. The romance between French-man Louis Lestarjette and British colonist Elizabeth Elliott is captivating. Their struggles in the midst of the confusion, conflict and unrest bring that time period vividly to life. They are determined to follow God’s leading and allow Him to surround them with His love no matter the cost. And the cost could be great. A heartwarming story. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
As children, we learn about some of the heroes of the early days of our country, such as Paul Revere, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. Every family has heroes, even those families separated by the cause – England or America. The history in this novel is demonstrated through everyday people it effects in a manner that would invite more students to appreciate our fabulous history. Louis Lestarjette is a merchant from France who has chosen Charles Town, SC as his new home. Before leaving on a voyage to visit his family and bring orders back, he asked his sweetheart, Elizabeth Elliott, to marry him. She agreed, but they were not going to make an announcement until he returns and pray that her father will give his blessing. Louis’ newfound faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior brings them closer together, and thrills his mother. Elizabeth teaches music at a girls’ boarding school. She, her sister Anne and her husband, and Louis, are Partisans, desiring either a compromise with England to get proper representation from the King or to have a separate government. The Tea Act, imposing huge tariffs on the colonies, led to even greater challenges between the colonies and the King. Elizabeth and Ann’s father and their brother George are Loyalists, staying loyal to the King and mother country. One of the reasons Elizabeth’s father had hoped Louis didn’t return to Charles Town is their political differences. Louis and Elizabeth, along with Anne and her husband Robert, are people of great faith and prayer, knowing that to get through the potential storms of war and getting Mr. Elliott’s approval requires God. Elizabeth prays and believes in God’s love surrounding her, and Louis, and demonstrates a powerful reliance on the Lord The characters are defined through their dialog, prayers, and actions, each building throughout the novel. Clothing, activities, and work round out each person. Elizabeth’s best friend, Sarah, Louis’ friend and business partner, Christopher, play huge roles in the couple’s lives. There is even a little included about personalities of folks such as Samuel Adams and John Adam’s wife, Abigail. This novel can be read as a standalone. It would be much better to begin with the first in series as this is a continuation of the same people and situations. I would like to go back and read the earlier novel, and hope also to see future novels about this family. I am impressed with the very active faith demonstrated throughout, no matter what life brings to the characters. This is an inspirational, historical novel that includes love stories; the author weaves all three elements together beautifully. It is a compelling novel. It drew me in quickly, quickly reacquainting me with the early days of our country. The need for God’s help in every aspect of our lives is emphasized without preaching. I enjoyed seeing how the ladies gathered and encouraged each other, and worked together during crises. It was exciting to see how the women, while not directly involved with the political climate, learned about what was going on and saw it as a way to support their husbands and children. I highly recommend this very enjoyable novel to those who appreciate stories that show God as the foundation of the lives of the characters, a significant dose of important history, and Christian romance. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this from the author through a Goodreads First contest; no review was required.
kristine-morgan More than 1 year ago
Surround Me is set in the days leading up to the American Revolution. I enjoyed the fact that it takes place in Charles Town South Carolina instead of the usual New England setting for tales of the Revolution. Although the plot's development was a bit slow, the story was enjoyable. The relationships between the characters were well developed, and I loved the way Louis and Elizabeth's faith grew. I look forward to reading Draw Me To Your Side, the third book in the series. From Amazon: As the dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend, Louis Lestarjette pursues his relationship with Elizabeth even as the emotional and physical struggles set the course for a life of changes. Will his commitment to God stay firm, or will the tide of change cause fear and flight? The chance of reconciliation with England moves further out to sea, leaving Elizabeth Elliott on the shores of surrender to a greater challenge. Although others of unwavering courage give her strength, she must choose to allow God’s love to surround her. How can she enter into a marriage during a time of uncertainty? Will selfish, safer options take her away from Louis and his love? Set in 1773 Charles Town, Surround Me, the sequel to Hold Me Close, takes the reader into the lives of colonists confronting imminent change and unpredictable circumstances binding them together to become a formidable force. About the author: Marguerite enjoys the study of history, especially when combined with fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Recently, she received an MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. She has two grown children and currently lives with her husband in Abilene, Texas. She writes historical fiction. Hold Me Close: Revolutionary Faith Book One is set in pre-revolution Charles Town and takes the reader into the lives of immigrants, ordinary citizens, and prominent historical figures at a time in which decisions are made that will change the world. Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith Book Two (Fall 2016), Bring Me Near; Revolutionary Faith Book Three (2017), Draw Me to Your Side (Work in Progress). I was given the book by the author for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Surround Me continues the story of Louis and Elizabeth in pre-Revolutionary War Charles Town, South Carolina that was begun in Hold Me Close. Again, I loved the perspective of the era from the different locale, and it was exciting to have famous Americans from that time make an appearance in this story. One thing I appreciated about both Louis and Elizabeth, was that along with strong and growing faith in God, they were able to surround themselves, in that uncertain time, with people who loved and supported them. They also remained loving to those who were not of the same political persuasion as they. There were some very descriptive and detailed passages in this book that I loved, like of the house that they were preparing. I did, however, have trouble reading some clunky dialogue, and I wished that time transitions and transitions from narrative to dialogue had been smoother. However, I am looking forward to the continuation of Louis and Elizabeth's story, and I love that it is a story from the author's ancestry! Other historical fiction readers will certainly appreciate that. I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
A Time Not so Different from Our Own After enjoying Marguerite Martin Gray’s first book in the Revolutionary Faith series, I was eager to continue the story in this next installment. As with the earlier book, Surround Me lets the reader experience a rapidly changing society beginning to advocate for representation and their own leadership rather than being dominated by a distant Parliament—through the eyes of those who lived it and reacted to ground-breaking events of their own day. I appreciated the attention to historical detail, not just with the political events leading up to revolution, but in the day to day lives of the men and women living during that time. For example, enjoying tea while it was available, before stock became depleted and then unobtainable to those who supported liberty. That some switched to coffee made me smile as I had never thought of my own coffee habit as particularly patriotic before! The details about how women prepared as they were able by attending meetings and sewing secret pockets in petticoats to hide jewelry, documents, or even weapons should the need arise is fascinating to me as someone who loves history. It struck me as very applicable today, in the somewhat uncertain times we are living in, that the faith of those who lived in a historically turbulent era is the same as my own; I take encouragement from that, believing that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He did not forsake His children then and He will not do so now. Realizing that these are historical characters in a novel does not dim that encouragement, either—people living then must have felt similar things, and many of these characters are also historical figures, too, who said and did much of what they are portrayed as having done in this book. This is an interesting read for fans of historical fiction, especially novels set during the pre-Revolutionary era. Those who enjoy romance or a family saga will also find a welcome new installment in the series. I would highly recommend reading the first book before picking this one up, however; while it could be read as a standalone, I believe readers will get much more enjoyment from this novel if they are familiar with the characters before beginning it. I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Surround Me is book two in the Revolutionary Faith series and really brings the drama and turmoil to light as the date of the Revolutionary War approaches. Taking place in Charles Town, Elizabeth patiently awaits the return of her secret French fiancé, Louis Lestarjette, from France. Meanwhile, Louis visits his family, to right some wrongs with his brother, all the while finding out how willing the French people would be to help the colonists in case war broke out with Britain. This story was my favorite of the two as there was much more romance intertwined with the history than the first book. Here we have two people from two different countries madly in love while family loyalty is tested and oftentimes shattered. Both stand firm in their opinions of the British government and begin to bring their actions in line with their beliefs. I felt for Elizabeth as she was living in a culture of turmoil while still hoping and praying for her and Louise’s happily ever after. I cannot imagine having to try to make a home as war looms ever closer on the horizon. Is their city too far removed from Boston and the other port cities to be affected as much, or will they be asked to sacrifice livelihoods, homes, and even their own lives to ensure the freedom that has begun to take root in their hearts? This is set against the backdrop of the Boston Tea Party and I think this series has really ramped up and is becoming an epic historical adventure of love and war. I look forward to continuing reading about this great turning point for our nation through the eyes of the Lestarjette family. I received a copy for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the opinions expressed are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I love to read about this time period. The Revolutionary War is one of my favorite storiy times. This is the second book in the Revolutionary Faith series. It was fun to find out if Elizabeth and Louis would be be able to marry with or without her fathers blessing. This is probably going to be the happiest time for these families for a few years because this is right before the actual fighting will begin. This has romance, and a little religion and politics. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
slm76 More than 1 year ago
The end of Hold Me Close had Louis leaving Charles Town on a ship for France. I presumed, therefore, that Surround Me would focus on his separation with Elizabeth and how that would impact their relationship. There would be drama of some kind, possibly related to the Revolution, and they would then reconcile in time for a wedding at the end of the book. I was way off. The separation was actually over by chapter four, and the wedding took place halfway through. I wanted to enjoy Surround Me, but I couldn’t get into it. It felt rushed at times. The separation lasted four months, but appeared to fly by. The first book of the Revolutionary Faith series covered less than a year whereas book two covers 18 months. As a result, there are gaps of time and some events are merely mentioned in passing. At the same time, readers are given details such as the titles and composers of the music Louis and Elizabeth dance to. I spotted a couple of continuity issues which threw me off. I also thought the book tried too hard to be Christian fiction because references to faith, God and the Bible seemed to appear on every other page and especially in conversations between Louis and Elizabeth. Surround Me does provide snapshots of life in the run up to Independence. These were the parts I enjoyed the most. Readers see how families and communities were divided over the issues of taxation and representation. Businesses lost customers based on which side of the argument the owners stood. Stores had to adapt when goods from Britain were boycotted. Elizabeth and her sister wonder about bringing children into such uncertain times. There are also continued appearances by key figures in the Revolution, including John and Abigail Adams. The book closes at the end of 1774. A quick glance at Gray’s author page on another retail site shows there are at least two more books to come in the series. I wonder if it will end with Independence in 1776 or the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783. I guess I’ll have to wait and see. Thank you to Celebrate Lit and the author for my complimentary copy of Surround Me, which I received in exchange for my honest review.