Monday, July 16, 2018

A Refuge Assured

GIVEAWAY
GREEN, JOCELYN
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.

My Review:

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!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Refuge Assured, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spamers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 15 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

44 comments:

  1. New author for me. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

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    1. Oohhhhh....you're in for a treat! Good luck, Kim.

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  2. I bought this for my kindle. but haven't gotten to it yet. I've heard so many good things about it. Hopefully I will get to it this summer! Thanks for the review!

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    1. It's a historical superstar! Books like this really make me reflect on what our ancestors went through -- great reality check when I feel whiny. lol

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  3. Wow! Sounds like a must read, Kav! Thank you for the opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  4. I’ve been noticing this book and have the similar lace book. I really need to reads these. Thanks Kav. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Ohhh...the one by Laura Frantz? Both are wonderful. Good luck, Paula.

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  5. I've never read her books, but I've been wanting to. I love the cover!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. This is only my second book by this author but both have been fantastic reads. Good luck, Kate.

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  6. Great writer. Thank you. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  7. Don't enter me as I have this book. Enjoyed reading your review, particularly as one who hadn't taken American History 101. Beautiful cover, too, I thought.

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    1. lol -- I supposed some of this stuff won't be a surprise to you American History 101 scholars, eh? It blew my mind, let me tell you. Good luck, CC. And yes the cover is exquisite.

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  8. This book is in my reading pile... I think I should move it to the top of said pile :)

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  9. Love seeing you offer this one, Kav. I've already got a copy (and loved it!) so no need to enter me to win. Good luck to everyone else! :)

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    1. Saw your review, Cheryl -- this book is something special, isn't it?

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    1. Yay another A Refuge Assured fan! We all can't be wrong, right? lol

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  11. I cannot wait to read this book. yager.emily[At]yahoo[Dot]com

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  12. GASP! I LOVE Jocelyn Green's books!

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. I'm finding out why she's so popular! Good luck, Caryl.

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  13. Would love to read this book.
    ohdothellodothiyaatgmaildotcom

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  14. I haven't read her books yet but I've heard great things! This cover is so pretty :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. This is just my second book by Jocelyn Green but I'll be reading more. Good luck, Heidi.

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  15. thank you for your review. ok this is on my list. i love romances that are chock full of history.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. This is definitely the book for you, Lori. Good luck!

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  16. Jocelyn Green's books are always must-reads for me. She writes such well researched historical books that I always learn a lot along with experiencing an excellent story. No need to enter me in the drawing since I already have this on my shelf.

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    1. I've learned that she is a must read author for me now too.

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  17. Another winner by Jocelyn Green. Hugs my book twin.

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    1. Ha! It makes me giddy when we are book twins!

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  18. This one is on my massive must-read list! I love learning history through fiction, even when we were required to take it in school. But who pays attention at that age...lol!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I wonder if this will surprise you as much as it did me? Hope you get to read it soon! Good luck, Trixi.

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  19. Hello Kav! What a delight to find this review and give-away of A Refuge Assured! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story. I was actually surprised by a lot of the research that went into it, as well. Who knew there was a plan for Marie-Antoinette to seek asylum in the wilderness of Pennsylvania? Ha! I hope you enjoy my next book, Between Two Shores, which is set in Canada in 1759! Thanks again so much for this post, and thanks to everyone for commenting!

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    1. Ooohh -- a Canadian setting for your next book? Squeeeeaaaalllllll!!!!!! That's super exciting. I'll definitely be on the lookout for that. Thanks for stopping by, Jocelyn.

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  20. I enjoyed the review. Historical fiction books are so interesting. I always learn something new! Love to read this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Yes, History 101 should have been Historical Fiction 101 and I would have aced it! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  21. Don't enter me because I have already read it, but I loved this one too! Seriously so, so good!

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    1. The kind of read you can sink your teeth into!

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