08 February 2018

Giveaway and Review of A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green


A Refuge Assured (Bethany House, February 2018)

About the book:
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.

Andrea Stephens' Review

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 lace maker was cause to lose your head during the French Revolution.
Lacemaker 
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. After her mother's death, 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 Azilum 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.  This is a book that will stay with you long after you've read the last page.

I will be a Jocelyn Green fan for life.

Giveaway: A paperback copy of this new novel by Jocelyn Green. Leave a comment here on Andrea's review for a chance to win.


66 comments:

  1. I love Jocelyn Green’s books. I cannot wait to read this one.

    ReplyDelete
  2. It sounds like this book has amazing history in it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is a good history lesson wrapped up in a great story.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  3. Thank you so much, Andrea, for taking the time to read and review! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it! And thanks Carrie Fancett Pagels, for hosting this post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was my pleasure, Jocelyn. Thank you for writing such an interesting story.
      Thank you to Carrie for having me guest post.

      Delete
    2. Hi Jocelyn! We're so blessed to have Andrea share this guest review for the blog! And what a lovely review it is! I am looking forward to listening to the audiobook soon!

      Delete
  4. What a great sounding book! I'd love to read this one! My favorite times in history!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is very obvious that the author has done a remarkable amount of research. I learned so much more than just dates and events from reading this book.
      Thank you for coming by today.
      Blessings!

      Delete
  5. Andrea, I'm a Jocelyn Green fan for life too. Like youo, I love the slices of history she brings to life. Thanks for no spoilers :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I never give spoilers but this book was really testing my limits. I hope you hey to read it soon. The book itself is beautiful.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
    2. Hey, I hope you "get" to read this book soon, Cheryl.
      I really shouldn't try to comment from my phone.
      Blessings!

      Delete
  6. I would like to read this one too! I enjoy Historicals..
    dkstevensne @outlook dot(com)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anybody that likes Historical, should read this book.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

      Delete
  7. Oh I've heard so many wonderful things about this one, can't wait to read it for myself!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Abby, I think you will like it!
      Good luck in the giveaway.
      Blessings!

      Delete
  8. Oh, this sounds like a book I need!!! Thanx for the giveaway!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, you need this book! Good luck!
      Thanks for coming by.

      Delete
  9. A time period I always enjoy reading. Sounds marvellous.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Mary! I've been enjoying this time period more and more.
      Thanks for coming by!

      Delete
  10. Oh my gosh! You need to get your hands on this book - it is just incredible!! The historical detail alone makes this a wonderful book, and the story makes it even better. Definitely not to be missed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love your enthusiastic comment Betti! It is a wonderful book!
      Have a great weekend!

      Delete
  11. Don’t enter me in the giveaway since I have the book and already read it. But just wanted to echo your sentiment “Wow. Just wow.” I’ll be a Jocelyn Green fan for life, too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad you liked the book too!
      Thanks for the echo!
      Blessings to you!

      Delete
  12. This book sounds really good and has a loose tie to Laura Franz's The Lacamaker. I'd love to read it! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
    perrianneDOTaskewATmeDOTcom
    Perrianne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Perrianne! I'm so glad you stopped by the blog. I've got The Lacemaker on my Kindle waiting to be read.
      Good luck in the giveaway.

      Delete
  13. I've only read one of Jocelyn's books, but from that one book I know she is an excellent writer!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I first came across Jocelyn in The Message in a Bottle collection.
      Thanks for coming by, Patty.
      I'm sure you will like this story.

      Delete
  14. My dream is to go to France and books like these just make me fall in love with the history, culture, food and language. I always wondered about our earlier settlers especially women and the sacrifices they had to make.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm so glad we have books that take us to times and places we would never get to visit in person.
      Thanks for coming by, Sonnetta!

      Delete
  15. Great review Andrea. I love Jocelyn Green's books!
    I just got this book & it is sitting on the table by my reading chair waiting for me to get to it, which won't be right away, sigh.
    Blessings,Tina

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, Tina...To have such a good book sitting next to your reading chair, waiting to be read. That just makes me sad. Hopefully, you will get to read it soon!

      Delete
  16. Book sounds really good. Would love to read it. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Faith! It is a good book. I'm sure you will like it.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

      Delete
  17. This review definitely made me want to read the book. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you do get a chance to read the book, Jan.
      Thanks for coming by!

      Delete
  18. Andrea, what an absolutely wonderful review! If this wasn't already on my must-read list, it would be after reading it :-) High compliments for sure for both the book and author.

    I also just read Laura Frantz's The Lacemaker (also about a lacemaker obviously)
    and it was just as good as this one sounds. Maybe it's a craft I ought to take up, huh? ;-) Though I wouldn't want to lose my head over it...HAHA!

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Trixi. There is a connection between Laura's The Lacemaker and Jocelyn's A Refuge Assured. I've got to read The Lacemaker to find out what it is!
      Good luck in the giveaway!
      Blessings to you!

      Delete
  19. such an interesting storyline! This is one to put on my "To Read" list for sure!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is a very interesting story, Marty. As I was reading, people kept needing me to do things, it was so frustrating to have to put the book down.
      I hope you enjoy it!

      Delete
  20. Why would being a lace maker a cause for losing your head?
    This inquiring mind would like to know.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish I could tell you Janet but I wouldn't want to spoil it for you.
      Thanks for coming by!
      Good luck in the giveaway.
      Blessings!

      Delete
  21. I've enjoyed all her books, so I bet I will enjoy this one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm sure you will enjoy it, Kristin!
      Have a great weekend!

      Delete
  22. This looks like a great read.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you get a chance to read this great book soon, Marilyn.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  23. Philadelphia is such a cool city! I can't wait to read another amazing story by Jocelyn set during this time period!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never been to Philly, my husband has been and told me how cool it was.
      I love how Jocelyn was able to portray the time period so accurately.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  24. Great review Andrea! I have read Jocelyn's previous book before this one and learned so much history. This one sounds like another winner. I can't wait to read it!

    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you liked Jocelyn's previous book, you are sure to love this one.
      Thank you for stopping by Laura!
      Blessings!

      Delete
  25. I have read several of Jocelyn’s books and I , too, will be a fan for life. Just love learning about history from her books!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Paula! I'm so thankful for authors like Jocelyn, Carrie, and others who give us so many great books to learn from.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  26. Although I own a Jocelyn Green book I haven’t read it yet. I love discovering new authors and after reading this review and the comments I think I will go home find the one I have. I’ve added this one to my wish list.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Teresa! I learned about Jocelyn Green last year after reading many reviews of one of her books. I'm so glad I did! I don't think you will be disappointed reading any book written by her.
      Good Luck in the giveaway!

      Delete
  27. This is a lovely review. Thanks for sharing!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Connie. I'm so glad you stopped by.
      I think you will like this book.
      Good Luck in the giveaway.
      Blessings!

      Delete
  28. what a great review. Ohh, this sounds so intriguing.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is an intriguing book, Lori!
      Thanks for coming by.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

      Delete
  29. Thank you, Andrea, for your wonderful review of A Refuge Assured! I LOVE historical Christian fiction and this book sounds like one I would definitely enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway! ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Alison! I'm sure you would enjoy this book!
      Good luck in the giveaway.
      Blessings!

      Delete
    2. Congrats Alison Boss! You won a copy of Jocelyn Green's new novel, A Refuge Assured!

      Delete
  30. I would love to win this book!

    CutePolarBear

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a great book!
      Good luck in the giveaway.
      Have a blessed day?

      Delete
  31. This book sounds wonderful and what a great cover!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The book itself is gorgeous, Melanie. Interesting fact I found out about the lace in the corners of the cover, it was hand drawn by a cover designer at Bethany House. You will also find it inside the book on the chapter and parts pages. The story is amazing!

      Delete

Google Analytics