Sanctuary for a Lady
by Naomi Rawlings
Review by Diana Flowers
Gripping Historical Fiction!
Naomi Rawlings sweeps us away to eighteenth century France; a beautiful land with lush forests, streams, and rolling green hills, but it is only an illusion, for the bloody French Revolution has caused an oppressive wave of darkness to encompass the land. No one is safe during this Reign of Terror, where masses were executed, and portable guillotines were often carried from village to village.
After her family is executed, the duke's daughter, Isabelle, flees for her life, hoping to make it to England to ensure her safety, for surely an aristocrat stands no chance of survival in France. While she is hiding in the forest, French soldiers happen upon her and beat her unmercifully, leaving her for dead. Michel Belanger and his mother nurse the young woman back to health on their farm, knowing not her identity, but only that she is an aristocrat, and the penalty for harboring her would surely mean the guillotine. Michel is worried about losing much more than his life, for he is also losing his heart to the beautiful Isabelle.
Will Isabelle make it to England and to safety?...and what horrifying discovery does she make concerning Michel's family...a secret that turns her world upside down? And will Michel lose his feelings for Isabelle when he learns of her identity?
Naomi Rawlings has written a heartrending, romantic, gripping tale that caused my heart to literally race erratically at the climactic conclusion! Written with historical accuracy and detail, Naomi's book is sure to draw the reader in and not let go until the very end! I'm amazed that this is Ms. Rawlings debut novel and can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the future! Fine writing indeed!
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