Between Two Shores
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?

Between Two Shores Details

TitleBetween Two Shores
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219085
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction

Between Two Shores Review

  • Jocelyn Green
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not going to "review" my own book but I will just say this novel is unlike any other I've written to date. It took some bravery and courage to take the story where I did, and I'm hoping it resonates with the people this book was meant to touch. You may notice feathers on the book cover--may this story give you wings to fly.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    A must read for historical fiction fans. Through vivid prose and rich historical detail, Jocelyn Green proves once again that she is a master storyteller. Through a strong heroine and supporting cast, Green allows the reader to experience the turmoil and hardship experienced by the Canadian settlers and native Indians during the seven years of the French and Indian War. In Catherine Stands-Apart, we have a strong yet vulnerable heroine who is searching for a place to belong. The image of standin A must read for historical fiction fans. Through vivid prose and rich historical detail, Jocelyn Green proves once again that she is a master storyteller. Through a strong heroine and supporting cast, Green allows the reader to experience the turmoil and hardship experienced by the Canadian settlers and native Indians during the seven years of the French and Indian War. In Catherine Stands-Apart, we have a strong yet vulnerable heroine who is searching for a place to belong. The image of standing apart is both literal and figurative. She is caught between the heritage of both parents, her mother a Mohawk while her father was a French-Canadian. In her search to belong, she needs to discern which side of the conflict will benefit her family and people the most. This is not only a story of a physical journey but a spiritual one of as well. Through descriptive prose, I was able to empathize with Catherine's anger, sorrow and pain as she struggled to find her place among family and her Creator. A couple of my favorite quotes:" Here in this creek. behind a black cavern shaped by water, she would shed the burden of others' expectations. She would be the river that set its own course and not the rock hollowed out by continual force. A river that flowed between nations and did not heed a man-made war."" God was not to be bargained with. She had nothing to entice Him, for she possessed nothing He needed. Yet He loved her, and that was what she cling to....If she could not bend God's will to hers, could she possible bow to His?"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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  • Susie Finkbeiner
    January 1, 1970
    I have read every single one of Jocelyn Green's novels and I speak with authority when I say that Between Two Shores is her finest work. Her story is compelling as usual, her characters well developed and authentic, her research done with the utmost integrity, the prose laced with beautiful imagery. But there was something about this story that sets it apart, brings it to another level in Green's work. There was a certain poetry to this story that caused me to pause and reread sentences, closing I have read every single one of Jocelyn Green's novels and I speak with authority when I say that Between Two Shores is her finest work. Her story is compelling as usual, her characters well developed and authentic, her research done with the utmost integrity, the prose laced with beautiful imagery. But there was something about this story that sets it apart, brings it to another level in Green's work. There was a certain poetry to this story that caused me to pause and reread sentences, closing my eyes to really absorb the music of her prose. The protagonist possessed a complexity that endeared me to her, causing me to find myself praying for her to be okay. The relationships between the characters were complexed, nuanced, and absolutely true. I have always loved Green's work. It's exciting to see her continue to get better and better with each new novel.Full disclosure: Bethany House Publishers sent me an advanced reader's copy of this book because they know I'm a major Jocelyn Green fan and because they're kind. I promised them nothing in return. I write this review because I really loved the book. That is all.
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  • Stephenia McGee
    January 1, 1970
    With emotional depth, layered characters, and an adventure that sweeps you away, Between Two Shores delivers it all. Green once again transports the reader to an intricately constructed era, her attention to historical details adding authenticity to her dynamic settings. Historical Fiction lovers won’t want to miss this riveting tale of courage, faith, and a woman who discovers that what makes her stand apart could also bridge the divides in her country, her home, and her heart.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    A book with wonderful depth, terrific characters, amazingly accurate historical detail- these all combine to make a read that kept me awake till 2AM to get to the conclusion. One thing that I really loved about this book was that everything doesn’t necessarily turn out the way one might think, but that is life. God’s ways aren’t always ours, and sometimes he has a different path for us than what we wish. His way will be better.I enjoyed the characters in this story, and one feels pulled into the A book with wonderful depth, terrific characters, amazingly accurate historical detail- these all combine to make a read that kept me awake till 2AM to get to the conclusion. One thing that I really loved about this book was that everything doesn’t necessarily turn out the way one might think, but that is life. God’s ways aren’t always ours, and sometimes he has a different path for us than what we wish. His way will be better.I enjoyed the characters in this story, and one feels pulled into the time and place by the terrific historical detail. With all the treasures this book holds, I had to give it my rare five stars. You should get your hands on this read! It’s a beautifully written historical novel that just is meant to be read and savored!I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...And now for something completely different… That's what I thought on picking up Jocelyn Green’s Between Two Shores. I’d not read the author before, but it’d been a minute since I’d tackled anything set during the French and Indian War and I was giddy at the possibilities.The novel incorporates some great historical subject matter, the experiences of captives taken by Native American tribes are more than noteworthy, but I was Find this and other reviews at: https://historicalfictionreader.blogs...And now for something completely different… That's what I thought on picking up Jocelyn Green’s Between Two Shores. I’d not read the author before, but it’d been a minute since I’d tackled anything set during the French and Indian War and I was giddy at the possibilities.The novel incorporates some great historical subject matter, the experiences of captives taken by Native American tribes are more than noteworthy, but I was transfixed by Green’s depiction of the fur trade’s female practitioners. This little-known chapter was entirely new to me and I love how it afforded Green the opportunity to explore authentic feminine fortitude without inventing an anachronistic exception to eighteen-century norms.The novel affords great insight into the lives of Quebec’s French colonists and I found the atmospheric details quite comprehensive. I also liked the cross-cultural notes Green was able to explore by virtue of Catherine’s unique heritage and complex emotional relationships.The religious themes of the novel are moderate, but I felt they paired nicely with Catherine’s struggle to identify both her place and individual purpose. Green plays with ideas of guilt, familial obligation, and personal happiness and while I’m not particularly religious, I found the material compelling and intensely creative.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This book was everything and nothing that I anticipated. I’ve come to expect great stories and beautiful writing from Jocelyn Green and she delivered, but she also gave me such a wonderful surprise along the way. This book veers away from the pattern of its genre and was all the more beloved for that reason.Catherine-Stands-Apart was a character that I could root for. She experiences many of the same struggles that people still face today. Pleasing others to the detriment of yourself, the hearta This book was everything and nothing that I anticipated. I’ve come to expect great stories and beautiful writing from Jocelyn Green and she delivered, but she also gave me such a wonderful surprise along the way. This book veers away from the pattern of its genre and was all the more beloved for that reason.Catherine-Stands-Apart was a character that I could root for. She experiences many of the same struggles that people still face today. Pleasing others to the detriment of yourself, the heartache that can come with love and acting for the greater good. The motivations that drive her felt east to relate to. I understood her reactions to the world around her and the actions of others. As a woman of the fur trade she was afforded greater independence without sacrificing historical accuracy and that was a selling point for me. Nothing takes me out of a story faster than modern thoughts or actions imposed on a historical situation.Relationships between women, and especially sisters can be some of the most complicated. This book placed great importance on this, and watching the bonds between Catherine, Bright Star and Thankful grow and change was a pleasure. No one develops more than Catherine though as she experiences love in all its different forms. The love of siblings, love for a parent, romantic love, loving oneself and most importantly God’s love.I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    January 1, 1970
    It's been some time since I read a Jocelyn Green novel, and let me tell you this....it was so refreshing to get back to her books. This book, filled with beautiful historical detail, took me on a journey to Montreal, and kept me hooked until the last page was reached. Catherine, Samuel, Bright Star, and the amazing characters truly became a part of my soul. I loved following them on their journey. The rich detail of the French and Indian War was depicted beautifully. It came to life for me, maki It's been some time since I read a Jocelyn Green novel, and let me tell you this....it was so refreshing to get back to her books. This book, filled with beautiful historical detail, took me on a journey to Montreal, and kept me hooked until the last page was reached. Catherine, Samuel, Bright Star, and the amazing characters truly became a part of my soul. I loved following them on their journey. The rich detail of the French and Indian War was depicted beautifully. It came to life for me, making me feel a part of Catherine and Samuel's lives. If you love history, hope, longing and mercy, then grab this book up. It's tenderly written, and will wrap you up as you read through these pages. As a reader, the emotions will flow through you the further into the story that you get. I highly recommend this with 4 stars and two thumbs up. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    When you enjoy something you savor it and this is a book that you will want to savor and digest. It seeps into you and when you lay it down you will continue to reflect on the characters. Jocelyn Green is a consummate author and her novels are so thoroughly researched that you come away with a history lesson without even realizing it. This book draws you in and you become so entangled in the characters that you feel like you are experiencing their lives. The words are so rich that you can see, t When you enjoy something you savor it and this is a book that you will want to savor and digest. It seeps into you and when you lay it down you will continue to reflect on the characters. Jocelyn Green is a consummate author and her novels are so thoroughly researched that you come away with a history lesson without even realizing it. This book draws you in and you become so entangled in the characters that you feel like you are experiencing their lives. The words are so rich that you can see, taste, and feel the anguish of hunger, war, and separation of those you hold dear. I loved how faith is woven throughout and how forgiveness and restoration complete the picture of a masterpiece. This book is a like a beautiful sonata that you listen to with your eyes closed, as you are mesmerized by the beauty of it. Definitely will be on my top ten list for 2019.I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    "Richly historic, even haunting, Green pens a remarkable tale of the clash of cultures and the quest for enduring love. Between Two Shores is extraordinary storytelling, showcasing an unforgettable heroine who is both fierce and a force for good in an ever-changing frontier landscape. A novel not soon forgotten."Laura Frantz, author of A Bound Heart
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "If I've learned anything from you, it's that life is about far more than equal exchange." Managing her father's trading post along the St. Lawrence River, Catherine Duval is accustomed to making smart decisions; her bi-racial heritage as the daughter of a Mohawk Indian and a French trapper granting her distinct advantages and disadvantages as a business woman. While the French and Indian War ravages the countryside near her Montreal, Quebec home, Catherine has managed to remain as neutral as po "If I've learned anything from you, it's that life is about far more than equal exchange." Managing her father's trading post along the St. Lawrence River, Catherine Duval is accustomed to making smart decisions; her bi-racial heritage as the daughter of a Mohawk Indian and a French trapper granting her distinct advantages and disadvantages as a business woman. While the French and Indian War ravages the countryside near her Montreal, Quebec home, Catherine has managed to remain as neutral as possible in order to trade on both sides of the contentious battle for control of the region. Suddenly everything changes, nothing stays the same.When Samuel Crane, the one man who managed to conquer Catherine's seemingly impenetrable affections, suddenly re-appears in her life, he brings the raging conflict to her doorstep with an uncompromising request. Now, not only does Catherine have to straddle two geographic shores, her heart appears destined to travel the same path. Stunning is the only possible way to describe the lovely literacy of prose that Jocelyn Green brings to this story; showcasing her ability to write vivid descriptions amidst finely tooled historical references; introducing complex characters whose heartstrings every reader will long to play. "Creator God, create in me a clean heart, one that shows loyalties to You above armies and empires and allies.I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars.This book was my most anticipated 2019 release. Green has quickly become my favorite historical fiction author, so I was greatly looking forward to reading Between Two Shores. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. The cover is honestly the best thing about this book.I loved the rich, complex plots in the previous Jocelyn Green books I have read, so I had high hopes for this one. But to be honest, this book really didn't feel like it had a plot for the first three-quarters of it. The 2.5 stars.This book was my most anticipated 2019 release. Green has quickly become my favorite historical fiction author, so I was greatly looking forward to reading Between Two Shores. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. The cover is honestly the best thing about this book.I loved the rich, complex plots in the previous Jocelyn Green books I have read, so I had high hopes for this one. But to be honest, this book really didn't feel like it had a plot for the first three-quarters of it. The first 45% was almost entirely backstory, and therefore the story took seemingly forever to get going. The ending was very sweet, and I was happy to see some reconciliation between certain characters. I also loved the themes of faith. The final few scenes were very powerful. Although I feel like they could have been far more impactful if spread throughout the book instead of hinted at here and there until the end. The characters also felt rather flat to me. I didn't even like them, no less empathize with them until more than halfway through the book - and even then, I still didn't really like Simon. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, dude. You are a manipulator, and I am very mad that you let Catherine start to fall in love with you again even though you were married. Which you somehow neglected to tell her until well on your journey. (hide spoiler)] I feel like Catherine had the potential to be a really fabulous character, but honestly, she just wasn't there. Also, the lack of romance - while not necessarily a bad thing, I suppose - really threw me, as I was expecting one until a plot twist about 65% through the book. Overall, I think this had the potential to be a really amazing piece of fiction. But unfortunately, it just didn't hit the mark for me.FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Naomi Musch
    January 1, 1970
    Set in my very favorite time period, I was anxious to read Jocelyn Green's Between Two Shores. The story of a Metis girl and her fictional role in the very real fall of Quebec during the French and Indian War was heart-rending in the way good historical fiction can be. Green's attention to historical detail is vividly portrayed through the lives of Catherine Stands-Apart, her family, and the redeemed captives she deeply cares for. There are surprises in the story, and redemption reaches into sev Set in my very favorite time period, I was anxious to read Jocelyn Green's Between Two Shores. The story of a Metis girl and her fictional role in the very real fall of Quebec during the French and Indian War was heart-rending in the way good historical fiction can be. Green's attention to historical detail is vividly portrayed through the lives of Catherine Stands-Apart, her family, and the redeemed captives she deeply cares for. There are surprises in the story, and redemption reaches into several characters lives in deeper ways than they anticipate. I should note that as the story wove on, I saw an ending coming I hadn't anticipated at the beginning, and I was very satisfied with the way it concluded.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I've had a book hangover for several days since finishing this. The story is gripping and the characters stay with you. Jocelyn Green has written another fabulous book. Rich is history, full of memorable characters, this is a must-read. I received a copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    There’s a solemn tone throughout this book as we go back and forth in time and slowly unveiling the divide in which Catherine Stands-Alone lives.She might believe she lives in neutrality, but deep down she knows that’s impossible. Will she do what she must or will she continue as she is, only to eventually truly find herself alone?I want to come back and write some more, but first I must wrap my head around this story.I agree this might be Jocelyn Green’s best so far. After reading such a book I There’s a solemn tone throughout this book as we go back and forth in time and slowly unveiling the divide in which Catherine Stands-Alone lives.She might believe she lives in neutrality, but deep down she knows that’s impossible. Will she do what she must or will she continue as she is, only to eventually truly find herself alone?I want to come back and write some more, but first I must wrap my head around this story.I agree this might be Jocelyn Green’s best so far. After reading such a book I can only commend the author and thank her for writing it. Well done!*I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    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 hardshi 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. *
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  • Becky Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I love history. I love bits of French. Combine the two into a most compelling tale of the Seven Years’ War(French and Indian War), and I was caught more efficiently than a beaver or fox in a trap. Jocelyn Green unfolds her tale, Between Two Shoresin alternating time swatches. Green starts when Catherine, part Mohawk, part Canadian- French, accepted by neither nation, is ten. Then, suddenly like rapids on the rushing river, the novel skips ahead to the “present time” of the narrative, 1759; then, I love history. I love bits of French. Combine the two into a most compelling tale of the Seven Years’ War(French and Indian War), and I was caught more efficiently than a beaver or fox in a trap. Jocelyn Green unfolds her tale, Between Two Shoresin alternating time swatches. Green starts when Catherine, part Mohawk, part Canadian- French, accepted by neither nation, is ten. Then, suddenly like rapids on the rushing river, the novel skips ahead to the “present time” of the narrative, 1759; then, like the river meandering and curling back on itself, retreats back to an earlier essential era, only to repeat this ebb and flow several times throughout the novel. A little truth here, a little more here, too much at one time could perhaps be overwhelming. It seems this could be symbolic of the way Catherine has to slowly piece together her life and how her faith will affect her actions toward her father, Bright Star, Joseph, and eventually two nations.My heart hurts for Catherine as she searches for a hero and true love. She seems to think love is an equal trade of sorts, until finally faced with the question of whether she can love for love’s sake alone.I did not cry during this novel, but I wanted to. At times, I , too, wanted to wretch, or faint, or plan an escape. NOT for the faint of heart. Bravo to Jocelyn Green for writing a different kind of historical romance, one that surprised me around every bend of the river, and certainly had me talking back to her!Great Quotes:“What is courage... but moving forward in the face of fear?If there was nothing to be afraid of, we would have no need to be brave.”~ Samuel...”But she was wholly who the Great Good God had made her...”There are discussion questions at the end. Also included are author’s notes about what events and people included are factual. This book comes highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and NetGalley. All opinions are my own, and I was not required to leave a positive review.
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  • Nancee
    January 1, 1970
    Jocelyn Green has outdone herself in this vivid portrayal of life in 1759 Montreal. Her characters are deeply detailed, and the landscape throughout is pictorial! It is obvious that a great deal of research has gone into the writing of this novel. I was educated in the topic of the war between the French and British in the Canadian setting. There is much diversity in characterizations, including differing cultures and the Native American way of life. Relationships are varied and strained but cre Jocelyn Green has outdone herself in this vivid portrayal of life in 1759 Montreal. Her characters are deeply detailed, and the landscape throughout is pictorial! It is obvious that a great deal of research has gone into the writing of this novel. I was educated in the topic of the war between the French and British in the Canadian setting. There is much diversity in characterizations, including differing cultures and the Native American way of life. Relationships are varied and strained but credible and convincing. Family connections are strong but not necessarily benevolent in some cases. Life in this time period is well defined, honest and authentic. I was very impressed with the images painted through this author's pen. This is undoubtedly my favorite Jocelyn Green novel. I recommend it highly!Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
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  • Cass
    January 1, 1970
    Between Two Shores—A ReviewCatherine Duval must decide if she should risk assisting, Samuel Crane, her former fiancé who is now her father's indentured servant, escape captivity. If she does, will she be killed or will he? Will her heart endure constant contact with her former love? Will her endeavor aide the cause of peace?Jocelyn Green’s writing sparkles like sunshine glistening on rippling water. Her high prose rises to poetic in places while her plot compels the reader to flip pages and see Between Two Shores—A ReviewCatherine Duval must decide if she should risk assisting, Samuel Crane, her former fiancé who is now her father's indentured servant, escape captivity. If she does, will she be killed or will he? Will her heart endure constant contact with her former love? Will her endeavor aide the cause of peace?Jocelyn Green’s writing sparkles like sunshine glistening on rippling water. Her high prose rises to poetic in places while her plot compels the reader to flip pages and see what happens next. Like an incoming tide, urgency carries the reader along seeking to know how the story will end. Even if one is a history buff and knows how native and colonial history ended, this author makes the era surge with life. Although constrained by historic events, Jocelyn Green weaves a tapestry of intricate design bursting with vibrant color. This is a book to be cherished and read and reread. It’s that good.Having said as much, the reader will simply have to buy the book when it is released in February to find out what happens to Catherine and Samuel as they run the gauntlet through French territory to bring crucial intelligence to the English. This reader received a copy from Bethany House Publishers and all opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Jennifer K
    January 1, 1970
    I was blown away by this powerful story with poignant pictures of the meaning of family and belonging. I was encouraged as characters who endured suffering and deep hurts were able to experience forgiveness and restoration in ways they had not expected. I appreciated that the female characters are portrayed as strong women who discover and fulfill their purpose. In a time when it was difficult to know who to trust, these women had to take risks and live with their decisions. Green’s writing is r I was blown away by this powerful story with poignant pictures of the meaning of family and belonging. I was encouraged as characters who endured suffering and deep hurts were able to experience forgiveness and restoration in ways they had not expected. I appreciated that the female characters are portrayed as strong women who discover and fulfill their purpose. In a time when it was difficult to know who to trust, these women had to take risks and live with their decisions. Green’s writing is rich with history and the threat of danger during the Seven Years’ War kept me turning pages. I vote for a sequel. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are mine.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Between Two Shores is yet another fabulous book by Jocelyn Green. I have and enjoyed every one of her historicals and this one does not disappoint. It is rich and vivid in historical details. I was transported back in time to mid eighteenth century Montreal. I instantly felt connected to Catherine. I loved her bravery, courage and determination. She is a woman before her time. I am giving Between Two Shores a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who love well wri Between Two Shores is yet another fabulous book by Jocelyn Green. I have and enjoyed every one of her historicals and this one does not disappoint. It is rich and vivid in historical details. I was transported back in time to mid eighteenth century Montreal. I instantly felt connected to Catherine. I loved her bravery, courage and determination. She is a woman before her time. I am giving Between Two Shores a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who love well written historical fiction. I loved it!I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Hannah Corner
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book! The story was rich in history, full of adventure, and also grabbed my emotions throughout. The importance of family is emphasized as well as doing what is right no matter the cost. The story line and the ending were deliciously unpredictable and kept me turning pages to see what lay ahead. I felt like I was there canoeing down the river and shopping at the trading post...the story came alive! Another wonderful story from Jocelyn Green that you won't be able to put down.
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  • Karen Dean
    January 1, 1970
    When I received the opportunity to review Jocelyn Green’s newest book, I jumped at the chance. I have read all of her historical fiction books. I find them to be well told tales, meticulously researched, beautifully written, about incidents that are not commonly written. I was absolutely not disappointed in this masterfully written book!The time period is 1744 – 1761, concentrating mostly on incidents which took place in New York and Canada during the French and Indian War. Catherine Stands-Apar When I received the opportunity to review Jocelyn Green’s newest book, I jumped at the chance. I have read all of her historical fiction books. I find them to be well told tales, meticulously researched, beautifully written, about incidents that are not commonly written. I was absolutely not disappointed in this masterfully written book!The time period is 1744 – 1761, concentrating mostly on incidents which took place in New York and Canada during the French and Indian War. Catherine Stands-Apart is the daughter of a Mohawk mother and a French father. Following the death of her mother, she feels prompted to go live with her often abusive father at his trading post. Eventually, she comes to run the trading post for her alcoholic father. She begins to live in two worlds, that of her father, and having siblings still in the Mohawk village, she maintains ties there as well. A victim of Mohawk raids to New England, Samuel Crane, is ransomed by Catherine’s father and forced to work his trading post. Following several years, she and Samuel plan to marry. When Samuel hears that a member of his own family is still alive, he leaves with a promise to return. Five years later Samuel returns as a ransomed prisoner of the war. He begs Catherine to once again help him escape to carry much needed information to the British to help them win the siege of Quebec. Catherine finds herself caught “Between Two Shores”, French and British, yet trying to stay neutral.As a history teacher, I am always bothered by shoddy or simple research. That is never the case with Jocelyn Green. The history is true (She even lists her sources at the back of her books.) and in detail. She has gone to great lengths to research the plants, animals, geography, and topography of the region as well as including various Native American dialogues. In addition to this she writes beautifully. Her vivid descriptions make the whole scene come alive. Her characters are complex. In short, this is not a book to be read quickly. It must be savored. This would be a wonderful book for a book club as there are many topics to explore, forgiveness, God’s redemption etc. It must also be noted that this is a bittersweet story touching on death of loved ones, war, lost love, the harsh realities of life in colonial America, abuse of alcohol, but it is, after all, true to life. It is also the story of how Catherine- Stands-Apart becomes Catherine Goes-Between in uniting people.Thank you to the author and publishing company for furnishing me with this book. I was not required to give a positive review.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "There are many kinds of hurt. What you're describing now is the hurt of healing. when the body knits itself back together, it's a kind of magic no surgeon can reproduce. But there is pain in the process. It will pass. Healing comes with a price, and I'm afraid the price is pain. Beyond that, however, is wholeness."Oh, this book. Such a masterful storytelling of the heartbreak, suffering, and poignant ache of loss during war. And yet, there is much tenderness as the story unfolds to reveal matur "There are many kinds of hurt. What you're describing now is the hurt of healing. when the body knits itself back together, it's a kind of magic no surgeon can reproduce. But there is pain in the process. It will pass. Healing comes with a price, and I'm afraid the price is pain. Beyond that, however, is wholeness."Oh, this book. Such a masterful storytelling of the heartbreak, suffering, and poignant ache of loss during war. And yet, there is much tenderness as the story unfolds to reveal maturation of faith and outlook on life and focuses on the strength in love and forgiveness. Jocelyn Green brings the latter part of the Seven Year War between France and Britain to life with great historical detail and the research that went into creating this story is quite impressive. As expected from the author, the writing is exquisite, the plot and flow of the narrative are flawless, the integration of faith into the story line is seamless, and the characters are unforgettable even long after the last page has been read. Catherine Stands Apart, the heroine, is half Mohawk and half French. She's a strong, independent, loyal, intelligent, skilled, and compassionate woman who tries to bridge the gap between the Mohawk and French cultures. Samuel is someone whom Catherine loved a long time ago when he was an indentured servant in her father's employ. He becomes a British prisoner of war and becomes indentured again to Catherine's father when he begs Catherine to help him get intel to his British army to try to end the war. Samuel, despite his past mistakes and failings, is faithful, loyal, and true to himself. Even though the reunion is difficult emotionally and demands more than Catherine thinks she can sacrifice, Catherine does what she believes is the right thing and becomes a woman she didn't think she could be at the end of the journey.From the title to the epilogue, the beauty and soul lessons found in the pages of this book will grip your heart and not let go. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House and was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Renn Shearin
    January 1, 1970
    Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green was an excellent novel that honestly delved into the sometimes ignored aspect of history -namely the French and Indian War and its effects on the French-Canadian settlers and the native peoples alike. The plot was well crafted and flowed seamlessly between flashbacks of Catherine's past and the present time. The story was told almost exclusively from Catherine's point of view and allowed the reader to understand her feelings, struggles, and actions. I enjoyed Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green was an excellent novel that honestly delved into the sometimes ignored aspect of history -namely the French and Indian War and its effects on the French-Canadian settlers and the native peoples alike. The plot was well crafted and flowed seamlessly between flashbacks of Catherine's past and the present time. The story was told almost exclusively from Catherine's point of view and allowed the reader to understand her feelings, struggles, and actions. I enjoyed discovering more about how the different Indian tribes were allied with the French and/or British, the different practices that occurred between these groups (such as the ransoming of British captives by the French-Canadians for servants), and the rationale for why certain groups performed particular acts. Jocelyn Green did a marvelous job with her research and then crafting a story that allowed the reader to sympathize with all parties involved. The characters were also well developed and multi-dimensional with unique experiences, flaws, and strengths that added to the story's development. Catherine was an intriguing character who suffered much but also learned to trust God and to find her identity in Him instead of struggling with her mixed heritage. Oftentimes historical fiction leans heavily on romance for the plot, and I really appreciated that romance was not the defining feature of this novel. Instead, the author pointed to the fact that happiness, contentment, and satisfaction are found first in God, not in another person. So while my heart was left somewhat broken at the end for the main characters in this novel, I was satisfied with the conclusion and the reality of what the real people affected by these true events might have experienced and felt. I received this novel from Bethany House Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Diana Guz
    January 1, 1970
    Rich, multilayered, and tender, Between Two Shores is a masterpiece of inspirational historical fiction. There are many wonderful aspects of this novel, but I will touch on a few that stood out to me. One, the diverse set of characters and settings, all unique to the time period. We meet people from all walks of life that have been brought together. The depth of the emotional bonds that hold those characters together is gentle and simply heartbreaking at times. Family relationships and friendshi Rich, multilayered, and tender, Between Two Shores is a masterpiece of inspirational historical fiction. There are many wonderful aspects of this novel, but I will touch on a few that stood out to me. One, the diverse set of characters and settings, all unique to the time period. We meet people from all walks of life that have been brought together. The depth of the emotional bonds that hold those characters together is gentle and simply heartbreaking at times. Family relationships and friendships are beautifully presented. The main character, Catherine, is a heroine to cheer for and empathize with. Two, the lush, haunting mood of the novel. Once we are fully immersed into the world of the characters, the mood surrounds us and pulls us in, transporting us into the often difficult circumstances the characters face.Three, the poignant themes and truths woven expertly into the story. With the difficulties the characters face, there is much room for growth and learning. Catherine’s journey of the heart is realistic and compelling. Nothing about the gospel truths found in this novel is contrived or forced. I just loved this gentle way of presenting the gospel. Overall, this is a on-the-keeper-shelf, to be reread, kind of book. I want to settle in and savor every page all over again!! Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of this amazing book! All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Carolyn Neinas
    January 1, 1970
    I really don't know what to say about this book other than I loved it. I've thought about this review and what to write and I really had a hard time finding the right words. I found it hard to come up with a review that would do the book justice, but I'll try. This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. I always feel I've had history lesson without even realizing it when I read one of Jocelyn Green's books. Her research is always amazing. I learned about the Seven Year War and as I really don't know what to say about this book other than I loved it. I've thought about this review and what to write and I really had a hard time finding the right words. I found it hard to come up with a review that would do the book justice, but I'll try. This has got to be one of the best books I have ever read. I always feel I've had history lesson without even realizing it when I read one of Jocelyn Green's books. Her research is always amazing. I learned about the Seven Year War and as I read I realized it is a piece of history not many people talk about. I pretty much knew nothing about it so it was fun to read about it. The other thing I liked about the story is that it was not all mushy romance, but just a bit. I was warned about this and was wary, but was SO glad I read it. I absolutely loved this book!
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book was really well written and I enjoyed it a lot. The female characters were strong and independent. The male characters were hard for me to like. One was abusive and another one seemed really selfish. While there is some romance, this isn't a love story. It's a story about war and adventure. There is a lot of historical detail, which I love. I would recommend this for lovers of historical fiction and readers who enjoy strong female characters.I received a copy of this book fro I thought this book was really well written and I enjoyed it a lot. The female characters were strong and independent. The male characters were hard for me to like. One was abusive and another one seemed really selfish. While there is some romance, this isn't a love story. It's a story about war and adventure. There is a lot of historical detail, which I love. I would recommend this for lovers of historical fiction and readers who enjoy strong female characters.I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher for the purpose of review.
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  • Kristina Seleshanko
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I read one of Green's novels, I think, "This is her best one yet." Well, here I go again. Green's latest novel, "Between Two Shores" is her best one yet!I not only shed tears, I got actual tingles from the book's message. No novel has ever given me tingles before. SO, so good!
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  • Nyla Wilkerson
    January 1, 1970
    In her book Between Two Shores, author Jocelyn Green has written a hauntingly beautiful novel. This 400 page historical romantic fiction is in 1759 but goes back a few years to when the main character, Catherine Stands-Alone, is just ten years old. Using the backdrop of the French and Indian Seven Years War, author Green spins a captivating tale of faith, hope, finding one’s place, loyalty, bravery, courage, and love.Catherine is part Mohawk and part Canadian- French. Her character is well defin In her book Between Two Shores, author Jocelyn Green has written a hauntingly beautiful novel. This 400 page historical romantic fiction is in 1759 but goes back a few years to when the main character, Catherine Stands-Alone, is just ten years old. Using the backdrop of the French and Indian Seven Years War, author Green spins a captivating tale of faith, hope, finding one’s place, loyalty, bravery, courage, and love.Catherine is part Mohawk and part Canadian- French. Her character is well defined and relatable. At times I hurt with her as her emotions seeped from the pages into me. Other times I would get frustrated with her obstinance. Yes, I wanted to give her some advice. She just wanted to love and be loved. Don’t we all? The other characters were equally well created. They were well rounded with lovable and dislikable traits. The scenery was vividly described which took me right there. I could hear the animals and see the water. The trading post was easy to imagine.Author Green has a way with words. I was immediately interested in the story, and this is before Chapter 1. By the time I finished the Prologue and Chapter 1, I has deeply invested in the lives of the characters. The story was well researched and provided historic information on a subject which was not familiar. I love a novel that teaches me something. It also contains some twists and turns along the way. At the end of the book are discussion questions. I love, love, love it when an author includes those whether for personal growth or group study. There are also author notes explaining which events and people are factual. Again, I love this. Would I recommend this book? You betcha! Any history lover will devour this jewel in one sitting. It is an interesting, adventurous, historical, romance that has inspiration and encouragement. This would make a great small group book especially with the discussion guide. The book stayed with me long after I finished the last page. It would have been nice to have a group of friends to chat with about this brilliant book. It receives a 5 out of 5 stars from me. I received a copy of this book from the author and NetGalley. All opinions are my own, honest ones.
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