A REFUGE ASSURED
Fleeing one revolution to the aftermath of another, she seeks and dreams of peace.
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 danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum 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 his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.
Whoa! This was a historically eye-opening read for me. I knew next to nothing about most of the history in this novel. (Be kind and keep in mind that I'm not American.) To go from the French Revolution to the upheaval of a new country -- breath-snatching and gobsmacking doesn't begin to cover it. I mean, who knew that French aristocrats escaped to Philadelphia? Seriously, Philadelphia? And the decisions that Washington and Hamilton made -- well, I've only heard their 'hero' stories so that was startling...and infuriating. And a whiskey tax? I had no idea! Hair-raising stuff!
So, with all that for a backdrop you can just imagine how riveting A Refuge Assured is. Rich, decadent prose, compelling characters and a plot that never lets up. Honestly, not just twists and turns on the road to a happily ever after but complete u-turns that made a nail-biter out of me.
And can we pause for a moment to swoon over our rough-and-tumble-but-oh-so-noble Irish hero? Serious fainting couch material but does Green ever make him work for his just rewards. :-) Hard. My heart felt like a yoyo for all the dips and dives and loop-de-loops it did. My rib cage is still tender from all that pummeling. And Vivienne's personal journey is just as tumultuous!
An emotional blockbluster of a read!
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