A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Wow. This book was intense! It took me a bit to read as I had a lot of things going on and this book was long by today’s standards for sure.
Before I even get to the actual story itself though, THE COVER. It is probably one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in a long time. It is matte and gorgeous and even more beautiful than it’s online image when you have it in person. And then there’s the interior formatting. The lace decorating even the inside made this tale of a lace maker all the more interesting.
Okay, back to the story. I was incredibly impressed. The story follows Vivienne Rivard from the streets of Paris where she is a lace maker, all the way to America, and across the years as she makes her home in the new country. The attention to details in this story were fantastic. You are never at a lack for information and they are so vivid, I could always see the scene and the surroundings with ease. Miss Green does a phenomenal job filling the book with these details, without losing the readers interest one bit. It doesn’t become bogged down or boring, simply more interesting. The writing style was reminiscent of an older style of book, and it worked so well with the time period.
The characters. They were deep, complex, flawed and broken, yet full of beauty. Each one had a story to tell and I enjoyed finding more about each one as time went on. Motives, means, relationships and friendships were woven together and sometimes tangled to the point of confusion for the characters themselves, but great interest to the readers. As a reader, I could find myself relating to numerous characters, hating others, and rooting for the heroes and heroines. When a book elicits such strong feeling over the story, I know it’s a good one.
The story and plot itself was so intriguing. From all of the historical details (of which I was fascinated) and the actual fictional story woven throughout, it was an incredible feat. Enough mystery and suspense are combined with everyday moments and affairs to keep you turning pages until the very end. The time period itself was a very interesting choice and not one I have read much on. It felt very much like Les Miserables mixed with the Scarlet Pimpernel at times and I was so in love with it. The French Revolution, the aftermath of the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, the French Asylum and so many more historical facts and events were told so grippingly. I learned so much about that time period.
There was quite a bit of mystery surrounding the young Dauphin of France as well that kept me on my toes.
If you love historical fiction in the least, you will find this story a must read! And if you enjoy books like the Scarlett Pimpernel or Les Miserables, you will definitely like this book.
Content Advisory: SPOILER Vivienne is an illegitimate child and there is mentioning’s of that fact throughout the book, though no details are shown. There is quite a bit of mentioning of the fact that she was conceived out of wedlock throughout the book as she tries to forgive her father for being unfaithful. It comes up semi-frequently, though it is dealt with in a tasteful way. Aside from that, there was one or two kisses, but again, quite tasteful. *Highlight the above paragraph to view spoiler.
About the Author:
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Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King, Wedded to War, and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. Jocelyn lives with her husband, Rob, and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
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