Remember how at the beginning of the month I mentioned I had big things planned for February? Well, with all of the new releases (including today’s book by Jocelyn Green), the fun starts this week! Be sure and come back often for reviews of this months new releases and for some fun giveaways. Happy February.
In My Opinion
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 learning 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 story line, lots of conflicts, believable and likeable characters, and exquisite descriptions all combine to make this book one to savor.
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.
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.
Jocelyn Green used some unique research materials, and we’re including a couple of those in the giveaway (US addresses only).
A Paperback Copy of A Refuge Assured
Tom Tierney Colonial and Early American Fashions Coloring Pages
Pack of Colored Pencils
Tom Tierney Marie Antoinette Paper Dolls