A Refuge Assured
Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for?

A Refuge Assured Details

TitleA Refuge Assured
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219078
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Christian, Fiction

A Refuge Assured Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    Based on Jocelyn Green writing my favorite Civil War series I knew I was in for a treat reading this and believe me it did not disappoint. The author writes novels steeped in historical detail so well you will believe you are there with the characters experiencing it, from the descriptions to the sights,sounds,smells and even the characters thoughts.The book starts out in late 1700s Paris, France and gives readers a feel of the French Revolution and sets us up with the main character's backgroun Based on Jocelyn Green writing my favorite Civil War series I knew I was in for a treat reading this and believe me it did not disappoint. The author writes novels steeped in historical detail so well you will believe you are there with the characters experiencing it, from the descriptions to the sights,sounds,smells and even the characters thoughts.The book starts out in late 1700s Paris, France and gives readers a feel of the French Revolution and sets us up with the main character's background from lace making to the story of her mother.I was especially fascinated to read how the majority of the story took place in my home state of Pennsylvania,it took place in Philadelphia to be exact. I even found out the Pittsburgh Post Gazette newspaper used to be called the Pittsburgh Gazette when it first started out. It's so fascinating the historical facts you can find out with some research and I appreciate the author doing just this.This book held my attention firmly gripped and it won't be soon forgotten.I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to her next book.I received a review copy from the author and was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Jocelyn Green
    January 1, 1970
    And when I say I have "read" this book... I can't even tell you how many times I've read it. About eighty-five (it feels like), making lots of changes every time. Just one more pass through the galleys though, and then it's out of my hands!
  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    A Refuge Assured is full of historical detail. The beginning of the novel is set in late 1700s Paris, France providing readers with the feel of the French Revolution and background for main character Vivienne Rivard. The majority of the novel, however, takes place in Philadelphia.While Vivienne is the main focus, there is another compelling story line as well. To share more about that would be a spoiler.I close the novel feeling I've visited both Paris and Philadelphia during such a tumultuous t A Refuge Assured is full of historical detail. The beginning of the novel is set in late 1700s Paris, France providing readers with the feel of the French Revolution and background for main character Vivienne Rivard. The majority of the novel, however, takes place in Philadelphia.While Vivienne is the main focus, there is another compelling story line as well. To share more about that would be a spoiler.I close the novel feeling I've visited both Paris and Philadelphia during such a tumultuous time period. Jocelyn does an excellent job of providing readers with visuals, smells and feelings for locations. My only frustration and it was minor was the use of both Vienne and Vivienne. However, I got used to the switch between the two and was not distracted by it after a couple of chapters.Overall, this is another fabulous historical novel penned by Jocelyn Green. It is clear she puts a great deal of research into her work. This reader definitely appreciates that.My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 hero 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.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    A lusciously detailed story of a young woman who escapes the French Revolution by the skin of her teeth and finds herself in many more challenges fitting into her new life in America than she had dreamed of facing. Most of the stories I have read about Revolutionary survivors have them going to England or Holland or Italy. Going to America is a nearly-new one for me...this is only the second one I’ve read. Combine Vivienne’s experiences with Liam and the Whiskey Rebellion, and there’s yet more t A lusciously detailed story of a young woman who escapes the French Revolution by the skin of her teeth and finds herself in many more challenges fitting into her new life in America than she had dreamed of facing. Most of the stories I have read about Revolutionary survivors have them going to England or Holland or Italy. Going to America is a nearly-new one for me...this is only the second one I’ve read. Combine Vivienne’s experiences with Liam and the Whiskey Rebellion, and there’s yet more to learn. It’s a colorful and interesting story, with a hefty dash of suspense, and is a very enjoyable read.One thing that rather jumped out at me was that lots in Asylum were said to be a half-acre plot, but Liam’s farm is very obviously larger than that. I felt like something was missing there. Another thing that sounded funny was that a guy was surprised in the middle of the night and ran out shirtless—the average guy of the times would wear a nightshirt.Content: some striking details of violence, a kiss that lasts an entire page, and mentions of someone being nakedLanguage: frequent “blast”ingFaith content: very light; a few mentions of prayers, trusting God, and having faith
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  • Susie Finkbeiner
    January 1, 1970
    Jocelyn Green's superpower is taking a piece of history, researching every angle of it, and crafting a story set in that era so expertly that her readers feel that they've been placed right in the midst of the character's lives. Green has accomplished this in each of her novels. However, if required to pick my favorite of her books I wouldn't hesitate. It's A Refuge Assured.With breathtakingly beautiful prose, well rounded and fully realized characters, and a plot with enough intrigue to keep th Jocelyn Green's superpower is taking a piece of history, researching every angle of it, and crafting a story set in that era so expertly that her readers feel that they've been placed right in the midst of the character's lives. Green has accomplished this in each of her novels. However, if required to pick my favorite of her books I wouldn't hesitate. It's A Refuge Assured.With breathtakingly beautiful prose, well rounded and fully realized characters, and a plot with enough intrigue to keep the reading turning pages A Refuge Assured deserves every single accolade and glowing review. I highly recommend this book for history buffs, homeschool families (probably for high school and up), readers of Christian fiction, and anyone who just really loves a well crafted novel.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I have been eagerly looking forward to reading this book. The combination of the French Revolution with the struggles of the early American government captured my attention and A Refuge Assured delivers and exceeds my expectations. The book is filled with historical detail, but it's never overwhelming. The plot is quick paced and interesting, and the characters will linger after the last page is closed. I enjoyed every word of this book and eagerly await her next one! I was provided a copy of I have been eagerly looking forward to reading this book. The combination of the French Revolution with the struggles of the early American government captured my attention and A Refuge Assured delivers and exceeds my expectations. The book is filled with historical detail, but it's never overwhelming. The plot is quick paced and interesting, and the characters will linger after the last page is closed. I enjoyed every word of this book and eagerly await her next one! I was provided a copy of this book. All opinions and my review are my own.
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  • Bhriv
    January 1, 1970
    A Refuge Assured, written by Jocelyn Green, is another lovely read by this author. From the lace being made in France to the lace being made in a small refuge in Pensylvania, we are taken on a journey of words at the ends of our fingertips as each page turns to see, hear, and experience the trauma of the French Revolution that didn't cease when these French escaped to America. We also felt the deep relationships that were built, crushed, wished for, and sometimes saw them successful in not just A Refuge Assured, written by Jocelyn Green, is another lovely read by this author. From the lace being made in France to the lace being made in a small refuge in Pensylvania, we are taken on a journey of words at the ends of our fingertips as each page turns to see, hear, and experience the trauma of the French Revolution that didn't cease when these French escaped to America. We also felt the deep relationships that were built, crushed, wished for, and sometimes saw them successful in not just passion of country but of heart. From innocent children to grown adulterous men, we saw God's protection and plan worked out each step of the way.My favorite characters were Vivienne as she is the epitome of a strong courageous woman. And Liam...yep, just have to love him! He was a school teacher, turned militiaman, turned farmsteader... willing to help grow minds, grow crops, and of course, defend those who needed it most. He gave up so much and still was willing to give more. The exact man I'd want for my daughters! <3This is a heavy historical read with just the right amount of romance. It's not a light read. It is lovely in all aspects. It is truly inspirational in that God never gives up on people. Just like thread is on a bobbin waiting to be used for the queen's lace, so are we to be turned into what He wants us to become because of His great love for us. I was given an ARC by the publisher. All thoughts and comments are my own.
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  • Mia
    January 1, 1970
    He fought for revolution. She was outcasted because of revolution. Can they still find common ground?"Law and liberty. Order and freedom. It was all a tangled mess".A deluge. That's a perfect word to describe this book.The fight for liberty is for equality, freedom, justice. Or isn't it? If we stop and look at the costs can this truly be what was fought for?Vivienne Rivard and Liam Delaney were on different sides of revolutions oceans apart. Who would dream the influence one would have on the ot He fought for revolution. She was outcasted because of revolution. Can they still find common ground?"Law and liberty. Order and freedom. It was all a tangled mess".A deluge. That's a perfect word to describe this book.The fight for liberty is for equality, freedom, justice. Or isn't it? If we stop and look at the costs can this truly be what was fought for?Vivienne Rivard and Liam Delaney were on different sides of revolutions oceans apart. Who would dream the influence one would have on the other? So, when Vivienne arrives in America as a refugee, will she truly find the safeplace she's after? Or will a country deeply scarred by separatism, now between its own people, bring violence to Vivienne's life once again?The setting of this book is a world in madness. Countries that will never be what they once were or what they were expected to become. People grieving what was left behind, having to come to terms that their expectations might never be. There seems to be no time to take a breath, enjoy the peacefulness brought by ardently fought liberty. Injustice and persecution seem to never go away. Will there ever be a respite? And how can one finally find sanctuary with deception lurking at every corner?The author's craftsmanship was amaaaaazing! Truly, it was like I could feel every emotion, taste all the tavern's goodness, hear the wilderness surrounding Asylum.The plot is completely absorbing and realistic. It's gutwrenching and heartbreaking at times, but also solemn and pleasant as you see the faithfulness with which the characters take up a task and forgiveness being wound into lives tainted by loss and abandonment. The place Vienne expected to be her refuge will come with more surprises and responsibilities than she could ever imagine. But life is a made of choices, and justice and lawlessness, forgiveness and bitterness, anger and gentleness are not on the same side, one must choose where to stand. And Liam (oh endearing, even if slower-than-a-slug-to-notice Liam), alongside a young boy, a one-eyed man and a freed slave might just be with whom she'll finally figure out where refuge truly can be found. Or, better yet, in Who.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on Faithfully BookishThe French Revolution... As much as I love learning new things through fiction, some of the historical events included in this story are simply shocking. How do people (even revolutionaries) justify things like guillotines?!!Fortunately, Vivienne Rivard makes her way out of France before she is sentenced for her "crime" of lace making. Vivienne is a strong, brave, and independent heroine. Her work ethic, determination, compassion, and authentic faith propel her t Full review on Faithfully BookishThe French Revolution... As much as I love learning new things through fiction, some of the historical events included in this story are simply shocking. How do people (even revolutionaries) justify things like guillotines?!!Fortunately, Vivienne Rivard makes her way out of France before she is sentenced for her "crime" of lace making. Vivienne is a strong, brave, and independent heroine. Her work ethic, determination, compassion, and authentic faith propel her through uncertain circumstances.Liam Delaney may not be financially rich but he possesses everything that matters. This militiaman is well versed in integrity, intellect, devotion, and hard work. Liam's ax and plow are just as sharp as his mind and his heart is his greatest strength.Don't misunderstand me, I want the grit of history! As a people, we need the three-dimensional historical truth and Green delivers in a fictional experience that far outshines any textbook or encyclopedia account. I highly recommend this story!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Just wow. I'm a regular person that reads, then reviews from her gut reaction to books. A Refuge Assured leaves me searching for the right words to describe just how good it is. For starters, the history I learned from this book was just amazing. Yes, I learned a little bit about it in school ages ago but it was glossed over. In this book, I felt as if I was there watching it all play out. I did not know being a lacemaker was cause to lose your head during the French Revolution. To see how Wow. Just wow. I'm a regular person that reads, then reviews from her gut reaction to books. A Refuge Assured leaves me searching for the right words to describe just how good it is. For starters, the history I learned from this book was just amazing. Yes, I learned a little bit about it in school ages ago but it was glossed over. In this book, I felt as if I was there watching it all play out. I did not know being a lacemaker was cause to lose your head during the French Revolution. To see how Vivienne was able to care for her birth mother after the cruel death of the aunt that raised her was so touching. She was able to escape to America and put in situations that only the strongest of women could handle. Vienne learns to work as a baker and grows close to the family she works for. Particularly her bosses brother, Liam Delaney. She ends up caring for an orphaned boy, Henri, who some think may be young King Louis-Charles in hiding. This puts them both in great danger. The gentle romance between Liam and Vienne tugged at my heart. He helps her escape to Asylum the French town in Pennsylvania for refugees. A town that he helped build. He is in for a great disappointment when he arrives back at his farm on the outskirts of the town. I can't say anything else without giving spoilers. There's so much more to say though! I highly recommend this historical novel. It is full of richly drawn characters, drama, danger, intrigue, righting wrongs, forgiveness, and compassion. I know this is a work of fiction but the intensity and feeling are so real. I will be a Jocelyn Green fan for life.* I must thank Bethany House for a gift copy of this book. A review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
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  • Heather Gilbert
    January 1, 1970
    It's no coincidence this richly-detailed historical novel has mostly (if not all) five star reviews. As I read, I sat in wonder at how the author so deftly wove in elements of suspense, faith, and romance. I learned so much about the French Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion with this novel, and it gave me a fresh view of characters like Alexander Hamilton. I liked the plucky main character Vivienne (something about her was so very French!) and I appreciated Liam Delaney's drive to have land o It's no coincidence this richly-detailed historical novel has mostly (if not all) five star reviews. As I read, I sat in wonder at how the author so deftly wove in elements of suspense, faith, and romance. I learned so much about the French Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion with this novel, and it gave me a fresh view of characters like Alexander Hamilton. I liked the plucky main character Vivienne (something about her was so very French!) and I appreciated Liam Delaney's drive to have land of his own. Side characters were as well-developed as the main characters in this novel. This is a must-read for fans of Christian historical fiction!
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "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."And so, French lace makers Vivienne Rivard and her Tante Rose, worked tirelessly to create the exquisite lace that graced the clothing and furnishings of the queen herself, until a violent revolution separates them forever. Fleeing France, Vivienne boards a ship bound for America and determines to re-establish herself in Philadelphia where the French Quarter "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."And so, French lace makers Vivienne Rivard and her Tante Rose, worked tirelessly to create the exquisite lace that graced the clothing and furnishings of the queen herself, until a violent revolution separates them forever. Fleeing France, Vivienne boards a ship bound for America and determines to re-establish herself in Philadelphia where the French Quarter is seething with opinions about the fallen monarchy, unsettling Vivienne's peace of mind about her new home. Liam Delaney is a patriot of the American Revolution and travels to Philadelphia regularly from his farm in Asylum, stopping to visit his sister at their family's Four Winds Tavern. He cannot help but notice the lovely young woman whom he met briefly at a local ball, but who is now accepting his assistance after an unruly parade crowd injures her escort. Learning about her newly acquired skills in the kitchen, Liam's sister hires Vivienne as the tavern's baker, providing her with much needed income to support herself and the young child she has become responsible for.As rebellion swirls around an exorbitant whiskey tax, and continued violence causes Vivienne to worry about the mistaken identity of her ward, she is desperate to find a place of refuge. In spite of the fact that she and Liam have politely sparred about the merits of revolution, when lives are at stake will Vivienne concede that Liam is a man to be trusted?"A Refuge Assured" is a magnificent display of history, expertly knitted into the fabric of a story whose characters are full of courage, intelligence, loyalty and compassion; making them totally unforgettable and fondly remembered. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.)
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  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    January 1, 1970
    Look for my review February 12th https://christianshelfesteem.wordpres....
  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Jocelyn Green is a talented writer and one I have enjoyed reading in the past; I eagerly awaited this story both for its plot and the unique characters I was sure to find in this latest release. I was in no way disappointed. This fascinating tale focuses on a woman whose livelihood has marked her for death: she makes lace. The tension is so high in those first few chapters that I had to remind myself to breathe! The descriptions involving the French Revolution are disturbing; Green does a remark Jocelyn Green is a talented writer and one I have enjoyed reading in the past; I eagerly awaited this story both for its plot and the unique characters I was sure to find in this latest release. I was in no way disappointed. This fascinating tale focuses on a woman whose livelihood has marked her for death: she makes lace. The tension is so high in those first few chapters that I had to remind myself to breathe! The descriptions involving the French Revolution are disturbing; Green does a remarkable job of allowing the reader to view events alongside Vienne, experiencing the horror as the mob paraded down the street shouting, "No more king!" The characters are multi-layered with warring desires of hiding secrets, hurts that need healing, and simple, daily survival. For example, Vienne is an intriguing mix of pride and humility. She wants to provide for her own needs, is unwilling to accept kindness that may come with strings attached, but she is not above any honest work, as a baker or even a scullery maid. She looks to the future rather than living in the past, embracing her new life in Philadelphia, even as she cannot totally leave her past behind, try though she might. A prominent theme in this novel is relationships, how we interact with those we love: how we deal with disappointment, grief, and pain, the joy that comes from shared bonds and experiences, forgiveness, accepting the past and moving forward unhindered by bitterness and things that we cannot change. I found myself examining my own life, looking for ways I make my journey more difficult by not releasing old hurts to the Healer. There is a lot of history within these pages that I was ignorant of before reading this book, specifically, the strong reaction to and support of the French Revolution. Notable historical figures were divided on the issue, but learning Thomas Paine wrote both Common Sense, so important in our own history, and Rights of Man for the French made me curious to learn more about the overlap between the two countries. And the French restructuring and renaming of days, weeks, and even years during this time was also something I had not studied before. A trip to my library is in order, and Green has provided some helpful suggestions at the end for those of us interested in learning more. A Refuge Assured is a beautifully written book about a troubled time in history, peopled with characters that are relatable and realistic. Some of the decisions they face are unthinkable, and Green does not shy away from the ugly to make the reader more comfortable—but she also gives depth and meaningful motivation to the villains, helping us understand a bit more about the circumstances many lived in during this time. I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy historical fiction, especially those interested in France and America's ties to that country during this time. Due to some thematic elements in those early, intense chapters, I recommend it for mature teens and up, but the difficult topics addressed are important reading for anyone willing to learn lessons from the past. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a review copy. A review was not required, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a poignant story rich in history, detail, hardships, overcoming circumstances, and knowing who to trust (besides the Lord, and including the Lord). It's early in the year, so for me to say this is the best book of the year does not do it enough justice. But it is. Which is too bad for all the other books I am going to read this year, because this is going to be tough to beat. First, I need to touch on the details. Jocelyn Green is a wealth of knowledge, and luckily for us shares so much This is a poignant story rich in history, detail, hardships, overcoming circumstances, and knowing who to trust (besides the Lord, and including the Lord). It's early in the year, so for me to say this is the best book of the year does not do it enough justice. But it is. Which is too bad for all the other books I am going to read this year, because this is going to be tough to beat. First, I need to touch on the details. Jocelyn Green is a wealth of knowledge, and luckily for us shares so much of this knowledge with us in this book. The attention to detail she puts in every sentence is outstanding. You can see and feel your surroundings in historic France. You can hear the war in the background in historic Pennsylvania. You can place yourself amongst historic figures like Alexander Hamilton; you can experience what life was like as a lacemaker in a time and place where that was not acceptable; and you can see what it means to leave everything you know and go out into a new world. You should also prepare yourself to learn something new, because you will. Even fiction novels can provide information to what happened in the past. Yes, some of it is dramatized, but it was evident how much time and research that Jocelyn Green put into this book to bring the time period and characters to life.And bring them to life she did. Vivienne and Liam are wonderfully charming, stubborn, fearless, and brave. You can't help but cheer them on, both separately and together. I would have loved to bake with Vivienne and hear stories about France, or join Liam in meetings to see his passion for doing what is right. You learn so much about them over the course of the book that you feel like their friend. Their family. In fact, I was so sad to see the book end, because I didn't want their story to end. But, the great thing is that I still have them with me in this book. I can open the pages and revisit them whenever I want. And trust me, I will!I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes, stories will sweep you up into an era and a people that both fascinate and stir the heart with truth. This is all the more special when such a story exhibits historical facts and accuracy which are results of detailed research. Author Jocelyn Green’s latest historical novel, A Refuge Assured, is just such a story. Its characters are as vivid as the tumultuous time frame portrayed: the peak of the French Revolution colliding with post-revolution America. With it, Jocelyn has worked her Sometimes, stories will sweep you up into an era and a people that both fascinate and stir the heart with truth. This is all the more special when such a story exhibits historical facts and accuracy which are results of detailed research. Author Jocelyn Green’s latest historical novel, A Refuge Assured, is just such a story. Its characters are as vivid as the tumultuous time frame portrayed: the peak of the French Revolution colliding with post-revolution America. With it, Jocelyn has worked her way onto my list of all-time favorite authors! I highly recommend this historical novel (with a hint of romance) to fans of authors like Lori Benton and Laura Frantz.A Refuge Assured is an emotionally gripping and immersive story of a search for refuge and peace. With high emotions and multifaceted characters, Jocelyn Green knows how to pen a story that appeals to the heart and displays a bright hope. I felt like I was witness to revolutions and cries for liberty!A Refuge Assured QuoteThe plights of Vivienne, and subsequently Liam, are attention-getting and full of natural ups and downs as they face challenges from their environments, political pressures, family stresses, and personal secrets that determine their paths. The added knowledge that so much REAL historical facts and events are portrayed in this story makes it all the more interesting!What is true freedom? Is it rooted in a government, a cause, authority? Or, is it found as a child of the King, in His will and freedom to choose His path of forgiveness? These are just a few of the questions a reader might ponder when reading A Refuge Assured. This story is more than a narrative on history with relatable characters, it’s an experience of an era, vivid settings, and the hearts of human beings.Thank you to the author and publisher, Bethany House, for the complimentary review copy of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Nancee
    January 1, 1970
    It is sometimes difficult to write an adequate review for an eloquent story such as A Refuge Assured. A deeply emotional experience is how I reflect upon my reading of this book. Ms. Green has a gift with words that is poetic in nature, and strong in substance. A powerful novel plagued with adversity while fingers of beauty intertwine like silk threads evolving into lace. This is a tough one. I'm finding it difficult to describe something that is an experience, personal and unique to each indivi It is sometimes difficult to write an adequate review for an eloquent story such as A Refuge Assured. A deeply emotional experience is how I reflect upon my reading of this book. Ms. Green has a gift with words that is poetic in nature, and strong in substance. A powerful novel plagued with adversity while fingers of beauty intertwine like silk threads evolving into lace. This is a tough one. I'm finding it difficult to describe something that is an experience, personal and unique to each individual.An historic novel developed with depth and character, this story has obviously been well researched. A history lesson through fiction, my eyes were opened to the ravages in revolutionary France throughout the 1790s. Escape to America is an improvement, but not without harsh revelations. Descriptive and detailed, characterizations and landscape are well represented.This deeply moving story moves along at a rapid pace while affording the reader adequate time to experience the plot through well depicted images. Numerous emotions are evoked, creating a host of reactions throughout this novel. I highly recommend this novel that contains a multiplicity of events and experiences. It is without a doubt Ms. Green's finest novel to date! Disclaimer: I received this book with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    A Refuge Assured (2018) by Jocelyn Green is a stunning stand-alone novel. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 400 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this novel took me a week to read. Do not be alarmed by my longer reading time with this book. This story is excellent. It was an incredibly busy week at work so I didn't get a lot of reading time, and this novel is detail-rich. I had to stop often to do a bit of my own research to fully understand A Refuge Assured (2018) by Jocelyn Green is a stunning stand-alone novel. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 400 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old, this novel took me a week to read. Do not be alarmed by my longer reading time with this book. This story is excellent. It was an incredibly busy week at work so I didn't get a lot of reading time, and this novel is detail-rich. I had to stop often to do a bit of my own research to fully understand all that takes place historically in this story. I received a review copy in paperback form from the publishers, Bethany House. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this novel 5+++ STARS. This novel is a Christian Historical novel set during the French Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion.There is so much depth to A Refuge Assured that one review will never be enough to cover every aspect of this book. It truly is a journey that must be experienced personally. In all honesty, I started to stress a little as my time to write this review was drawing near. I prayed God would give me the right words to honor this book and Jocelyn's fantastic writing talent adequately. But, the closer I got to the time I would write this review, the more I started to stress. What can I possibly say about this exquisite story beyond, "Go get this book immediately"? And then the answer dropped into my lap on page 345!Liam, the hero of this story, is struggling with the American Government he fought for during the Revolutionary War. Those in power are starting to make laws that are oppressive and unfair. Liam is not sure where he stands anymore. He feels he is a good person, and he genuinely strives to do what is right, but it seems that what is right is diverging from the ideals the country he fought for is now illustrating. He feels adrift on untamed waters, and is unsure where he stands. At this moment, God whispers to his soul, "What is Cesar's give to Cesar, what is Mine give to Me." Lying in bed staring at the ceiling, Liam thinks to himself:He has always tried to do the right thing, as he saw it. But it had been far too long since he'd asked God to show him the right, as He saw it.Oh my!!! For me, this message is the BEST part of this book. A truly excellent reminder to us all, but most especially to me. And, as all excellent messages do, it came exactly when I needed to hear it the most. I get so caught up in doing what I THINK is right that I often forget to do what GOD TELLS ME is right. Then I get all bunched up internally, I feel so overwhelmed, and I think to myself, "God, where are You, and why is nothing working out?" I get so stuck on me, I forget God even when I think I am doing things for God. Like Liam, I need to step back into the silence of night time and pray to God. I need to listen for His Voice and Direction, and follow the steps God has for me rather than follow the steps I think God has planned for me. It's so subtle a thing, but truly the difference between doing what God wants versus what God doesn't want.This book! It's so good. As I sit here typing this review I can't help but tear up. I'm running to God right now asking for His forgiveness for my very foolish, albeit innocent of guile, heart. I am praying He will set me back on His path, and forgive me for thinking my path was His intentions for me. That a book can do this to me, can have this level of catharsis, is truly an amazing testament to just how excellent this book is.Run to your nearest bookstore and purchase a copy of this excellent book. Yes, the characters are amazing. They are so well written it's like I actually know them personally. The settings are so exquisitely illustrated, I feel like I have personally been to Paris, France and Philadelphia of the 1790s. The story line is so deep and well-researched that it is not possible to be bored by this book. And the romance, while not the main focus of the story, is definitely realistically and sweetly portrayed, so much so you will leave this book satisfied. I highly recommend A Refuge Assured for all these wonderful reasons, but I definitely recommend this book for the cathartic message. This book brought me closer to God in a way I never imagined, and I think all should have that amazing experience. Jocelyn Green, you have incomparable talent. I pray God blesses you with many, many more story lines to come. God bless you, and God bless this phenomenal story.
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  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Jocelyn Green's A Refuge Assured is an intriguing look at the life of a woman who was a lacemaker to the court of Marie Antoinette. Although a work of fiction, it is obvious that Ms. Green has done her research. The story is well written with a believable plot. I really enjoyed the characters. Ms. Green has done a wonderful job of recreating life in Paris and Philadelphia at the time of the French revolution. I could practically smell and taste the air of the docks. I could also imagine the frag Jocelyn Green's A Refuge Assured is an intriguing look at the life of a woman who was a lacemaker to the court of Marie Antoinette. Although a work of fiction, it is obvious that Ms. Green has done her research. The story is well written with a believable plot. I really enjoyed the characters. Ms. Green has done a wonderful job of recreating life in Paris and Philadelphia at the time of the French revolution. I could practically smell and taste the air of the docks. I could also imagine the fragrance of the fresh bread and French pastries, just reading the descriptions made my mouth water! So if you are a lover of well researched historical fiction grab a copy of A Refuge Assured and settle in with a cup of tea and a pastry or two for a great read.I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.From Amazon: Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.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.Borrowed from Youtube.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffL5V...Asylum PA Pictures courtesy of Google imagesImage result for asylum township PennsylvaniaImage result for asylum township Pennsylvania
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  • Bettys Welt
    January 1, 1970
    Zu Beginn der Französischen Revolution ist die 28-jährige Vivienne Rivard Spitzenmacherin und Schneiderin für die Aristokraten und die Königsfamilie, mit eigenem Geschäft. Doch dann beginnen auch bei allen, die Einsatz für den Adel gezeigt haben, die Köpfe reihenweise von der Guillotine zu rollen. Auch als Lieferanten der Königsfamilie ist man in Gefahr. Viviennes Tante und auch angestellte Arbeiterinnen werden getötet. Sie selber kann sich mit ihrer dementen Mutter verstecken. Als diese nach la Zu Beginn der Französischen Revolution ist die 28-jährige Vivienne Rivard Spitzenmacherin und Schneiderin für die Aristokraten und die Königsfamilie, mit eigenem Geschäft. Doch dann beginnen auch bei allen, die Einsatz für den Adel gezeigt haben, die Köpfe reihenweise von der Guillotine zu rollen. Auch als Lieferanten der Königsfamilie ist man in Gefahr. Viviennes Tante und auch angestellte Arbeiterinnen werden getötet. Sie selber kann sich mit ihrer dementen Mutter verstecken. Als diese nach langer Krankheit verstirbt, hält sie nichts mehr. Sie bricht todesmutig und verzweifelt auf und will nach Amerika.Aufgrund eines geheimnisvollen Briefes trifft sie im Hafen auf den ehemaligen Geliebten ihrer Mutter. Sie war Armands langjährige Mätresse. Vivienne will nichts mit ihm zu tun haben, aber nach zwei Wochen Wartezeit tritt er die Reise auf dem gleichen Schiff an und lässt sich nicht abschütteln. Er hält sich für ihren Vater, aber siegeht ihrer eigenen Wege und will sich in Amerika ein neues Leben aufbauen und sehnt sich nicht zurück nach Frankreich.Nach ihrer Landung trifft sie in den French Quaters von Philadelphia zufällig auf den irischstämmigen Liam Delayne. Der 38-Jährige will seine Schwester mit aufs Land auf seine Farm nehmen, aber diese ist nicht begeistert. Liam ist ein ehemaliger Lehrer, hat aber vor einem Jahr Land erstanden. Er ist regelmäßig bei seiner Schwester in der Stadt, da er von Zeit zur Zeit den vier Tage dauernden Post Ritt übernimmt. Vivienne findet Anstellung in der Küche der Taverne seiner Schwester.Doch drohende Unruhen bezüglich der Whiskey Steuer, das Gelbfieber und die Wirren um den verschwundenen Königssohn Louis bedrohen ihre Zukunft. Nach vielen Irrungen und Verwicklungen und Gefahren für die Existenz bekommen die beiden dann doch noch ein Happy End. Zum Ende hin gibt es einen sehr romantischen und gefühlvollen Antrag, gefolgt von einem freudigen und hoffnungsvollen Epilog.Das Buch „A Refuge Assured“ von Jocelyn Green ist nicht zu christlich, nicht aufdringlich. Die Protagonisten sind sympathische, nachvollziehbaren Charaktere. Es werden sehr interessante historische Einblicke gewährt. Manchmal ist die Erzählung etwas langatmig oder zu detailliert.Fazit: Historisch sehr interessant, stellenweise etwas langatmig oder zu detailverliebt.4,5 von 5 Punkten
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Refuge Assured is a novel that takes a look at the horrors of the French Revolution through the eyes of a woman whose very life is threatened due to her occupation of making lace for the queen. Author Green gives us a realistic historical look at what it may have been like to live during the Reign of Terror when the powers that were in charge decided to take God out of everything. They went so far as having eight day weeks and renaming the days and months for what they considered reason. As I A Refuge Assured is a novel that takes a look at the horrors of the French Revolution through the eyes of a woman whose very life is threatened due to her occupation of making lace for the queen. Author Green gives us a realistic historical look at what it may have been like to live during the Reign of Terror when the powers that were in charge decided to take God out of everything. They went so far as having eight day weeks and renaming the days and months for what they considered reason. As I read this, I could not find any rhyme or reason as to how anyone could or would want to live in a place that seemed to be ruled by a mob mentality that followed no moral code.Vivienne flees to the United States for safety and for her very life. She ends up in the French Quarter of Pennsylvania and is most determined to make her way in the U.S.A. There was so much history in this book, a lot of it that I did not know much of and so I just gobbled it up. While the French were having their bloody revolution, the political views here in America were also divided concerning France and the tensions that were leading to the Whiskey Rebellion. Liam, a militiaman who had fought for the independence of America, was also questioning the America government’s rules concerning taxes that were being imposed on poor people. He oftentimes did not recognize the democracy he had so risked his life for. Besides the very meaty history, we are also drawn into a mystery concerning the young prince of France. Was the young boy France had in custody the true prince, or was the real Dauphine hiding in America? There was so much in this story from Vivienne coming to grips with her past and parentage to Liam coming to grips with deep topics like when is it time to stop fighting for freedom and begin to obey the laws that democracy has now established? Lots of good stuff and I haven’t even mentioned the romance!If you are looking for a historical book with meat on its bones, look no farther than author Green’s.I was provided a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    History lovers, grab your essential reading comforts then settle in for an enthralling story of revolution, rebellion, and the longing for refuge. I had no idea that lacemaking could make one worthy of the guillotine in Revolutionary France, but that is the ‘crime’ for which Vivienne Rivard, lacemaker to the Queen of France, is in danger of losing her life. And not even the newly-formed United States of America is far enough to escape revolution’s clutches.This story has everything a history lov History lovers, grab your essential reading comforts then settle in for an enthralling story of revolution, rebellion, and the longing for refuge. I had no idea that lacemaking could make one worthy of the guillotine in Revolutionary France, but that is the ‘crime’ for which Vivienne Rivard, lacemaker to the Queen of France, is in danger of losing her life. And not even the newly-formed United States of America is far enough to escape revolution’s clutches.This story has everything a history lover could ask for. The setting is ripe with both political and personal tensions, and the characters are perfectly poised to explore them to the fullest. Still riding the wave of their own revolution, many Americans are cheering on the French Revolution: “Shall we Americans, who have kindled the spark of liberty, watch the bright flame burning in France go out?” But as Vienne rightly points out, “It’s not a bright flame of liberty. It’s a raging wildfire of bloodthirsty discontents.” Do the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity justify rebellion every time the government doesn’t act the way you want it to?And of course, none of this is merely hypothetical for these characters. Liam’s cousin, Finn, is caught up in the Whiskey Rebellion, a situation that is rapidly escalating, and Liam finds himself caught uncomfortably—and sometimes at a cost to his personal safety—between the law-makers and the rebels. Henri, a young boy who ends up in Vienne’s care, struggles with his memories of the Revolution and the dear playmate whose fate remains unknown, even as his own life becomes threatened once more. And Vienne just wants to find her place in this new country she’s been forced to seek refuge in. Will they ever find true asylum—beyond the place on the map?Jocelyn Green’s writing is an absolute pleasure to read—as natural as breathing and rich in historical details that blend seamlessly into the narrative—and her characters will hold you in their grasp from the first page until the last. Not to be missed historical reading!I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    As always, Jocelyn Green delivers an in-depth historical read that doesn't hesitate to dig into the wrongs perpetrated by humanity. However, as heated as the issues are, they don't take away from a moving and fascinating story.Oddly, as an American, I knew nothing about the Whiskey Rebellion, yet have studied and read quite a bit on the French Revolution, which made this book an eye-opener. And after reading this, my conclusion about the French Revolution--and now additionally the Whiskey Rebell As always, Jocelyn Green delivers an in-depth historical read that doesn't hesitate to dig into the wrongs perpetrated by humanity. However, as heated as the issues are, they don't take away from a moving and fascinating story.Oddly, as an American, I knew nothing about the Whiskey Rebellion, yet have studied and read quite a bit on the French Revolution, which made this book an eye-opener. And after reading this, my conclusion about the French Revolution--and now additionally the Whiskey Rebellion--is that this is what happens when God is taken from the picture. In trying to right a wrong, "everyone did what was right in his own eyes"--and in doing so, compounded the wrongs. I can understand Liam's struggle with balancing freedom with obedience to government, because the lines are not always clear-cut. The side in the right doesn't always DO right. And sometimes each side is in the right and wrong at the same time. Conclusion: this is a book to really make you think and reconsider politics versus morality.While there are a lot of questions in the story, there is also a lot of beauty. I really appreciated how things turn out for Vivienne and Armand. Liam is a fantastic hero--both a rule-follower, yet not afraid to break the rules (odd combination, but he manages it!). The author really fleshes out her world, so that whichever the setting, it feels like we're there with them. A pleasure to read!Thank you Bethany House for a free book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    “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 RoseJocelyn 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 lace maker from the courts of Paris escapes Revolutionary France just in time to save herself while Liam Delaney, “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 RoseJocelyn 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 lace maker 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.5/5
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    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 dete 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.
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