A Refuge Assured

A Refuge Assured

Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for?...

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Title:A Refuge Assured
Author:Jocelyn Green
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A Refuge Assured Reviews

  • Beth

    A Refuge Assured is hands down one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I loved every element of this story. The characters are endearing and distinct, the plot moves at a perfect pace, and the historical details just make everything come to life.

    Vivienne has already been through so much heartache when she arrives in Philadelphia from Paris. I loved getting a glimpse of her life in Paris, as it really set the stage for what was to come, as well as helping the reader to understand what Vivien

    A Refuge Assured is hands down one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I loved every element of this story. The characters are endearing and distinct, the plot moves at a perfect pace, and the historical details just make everything come to life.

    Vivienne has already been through so much heartache when she arrives in Philadelphia from Paris. I loved getting a glimpse of her life in Paris, as it really set the stage for what was to come, as well as helping the reader to understand what Vivienne and many other French citizens lost as consequence of the French Revolution. Already in the opening scenes Vivienne's emotion as well as moments of suspense leap off of the page. The making of beautiful and delicate lace, what had once been a livelihood for Vivienne became a mark against her, so much so that she had no choice but the flee to what she believes is a safe haven in America. Of course, tensions still run high there, with Royalist plots, as well as the infamous Whiskey Rebellion, about which I knew very little.

    Wonderful secondary characters abound, and, of course, some scoundrels, too. Liam Delaney is one of the more realistic male leads that I've read about in a while. Green isn't afraid to have her characters make mistakes and get messy as they navigate tricky and dangerous situations. All the while, though, Liam maintains his honor and tries to do what is right. I also appreciate a slow burning romance, one that takes work and time, one that makes you cheer when things are going their way.

    A Refuge Assured is definitely my favorite book by Jocelyn Green that I've read so far, and I'm so glad that her next novel is already in the works. With a well-rounded plot and wonderfully engaging characters, A Refuge Assured will please fans of realistic historical fiction.

  • Staci

    A Refuge Assured is full of historical detail. The beginning of the novel is set in late 1700s Paris, France providing readers with the feel of the French Revolution and background for main character Vivienne Rivard. The majority of the novel, however, takes place in Philadelphia.

    While Vivienne is the main focus, there is another compelling story line as well. To share more about that would be a spoiler.

    I close the novel feeling I've visited both Paris and Philadelphia during such a tumultuous t

    A Refuge Assured is full of historical detail. The beginning of the novel is set in late 1700s Paris, France providing readers with the feel of the French Revolution and background for main character Vivienne Rivard. The majority of the novel, however, takes place in Philadelphia.

    While Vivienne is the main focus, there is another compelling story line as well. To share more about that would be a spoiler.

    I close the novel feeling I've visited both Paris and Philadelphia during such a tumultuous time period. Jocelyn does an excellent job of providing readers with visuals, smells and feelings for locations. My only frustration and it was minor was the use of both Vienne and Vivienne. However, I got used to the switch between the two and was not distracted by it after a couple of chapters.

    Overall, this is another fabulous historical novel penned by Jocelyn Green. It is clear she puts a great deal of research into her work. This reader definitely appreciates that.

    My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Loraine

    There were so many things that I loved about this book. First, I loved that each part was introduced by a quote that was apropos to that part. Second, the historical detail regarding the French Revolution and the French emigration to the United States was incredible, and I learned so much about a period of history that wasn't familiar to me. The differences between those in power in the US who were anti-French and those who were Francophiles. The attitudes of some people in power like Alexander

    There were so many things that I loved about this book. First, I loved that each part was introduced by a quote that was apropos to that part. Second, the historical detail regarding the French Revolution and the French emigration to the United States was incredible, and I learned so much about a period of history that wasn't familiar to me. The differences between those in power in the US who were anti-French and those who were Francophiles. The attitudes of some people in power like Alexander Hamilton who seemed more power hungry than caring for the citizens of the new United States. The Whiskey Rebellion against the taxes imposed on the makers who were just trying to earn a living from the crop they grew. The inhumane treatment of those who were arrested for making whiskey. Green brought this time period to life on every single page of the book.

    So many wonderful characters with unique and varied temperaments: Vivienne with her fortitude and loving care for Henri even though she often doubted herself because of her parentage. Liam with his strong belief in the laws and obeying them until change could be made. Soon he found out that not everything was black and white. Henri who oscillated from vibrant and fun to despondent and bedridden. Secondary characters rounded out the plot and added to the touch of mystery wondering who Henri really was.

    A wonderfully written book that made it to my 2018 favorites list.

  • Jocelyn Green

    And when I say I have "read" this book... I can't even tell you how many times I've read it. About eighty-five (it feels like), making lots of changes every time. Just one more pass through the galleys though, and then it's out of my hands!

  • Maureen Timerman

    From France to Pennsylvania your life is in danger because you make lace? This is brought about because of a frenzy of people who hate the monarchy, and will go to extremes to get rid of all chances that it will return to power, killing young children, and innocents.

    With a heavy heart the author has brought our lacemaker Vivienne Rivard actually running for her life, and puts in her path a young mother and child that will forever change her, and a hurt American Revolutionary, and Irishman, Liam

    From France to Pennsylvania your life is in danger because you make lace? This is brought about because of a frenzy of people who hate the monarchy, and will go to extremes to get rid of all chances that it will return to power, killing young children, and innocents.

    With a heavy heart the author has brought our lacemaker Vivienne Rivard actually running for her life, and puts in her path a young mother and child that will forever change her, and a hurt American Revolutionary, and Irishman, Liam Delaney. Soon I was googling for information about the happenings of the French Revolution and the child King.

    We watch with horror as injustice seems to follow our hero across the ocean, and we cringe when those we admire through history are responsible for doing some of these same things that brought them to the War of Independence. We learn that some we trust cannot be trusted, and what they do is beyond my imagination.

    A historical story that is full of information that I did not know, and once started I could not put it down. Enjoy!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Deanne Patterson

    Based on Jocelyn Green writing my favorite Civil War series I knew I was in for a treat reading this and believe me it did not disappoint. The author writes novels steeped in historical detail so well you will believe you are there with the characters experiencing it, from the descriptions to the sights,sounds,smells and even the characters thoughts.

    The book starts out in late 1700s Paris, France and gives readers a feel of the French Revolution and sets us up with the main character's backgroun

    Based on Jocelyn Green writing my favorite Civil War series I knew I was in for a treat reading this and believe me it did not disappoint. The author writes novels steeped in historical detail so well you will believe you are there with the characters experiencing it, from the descriptions to the sights,sounds,smells and even the characters thoughts.

    The book starts out in late 1700s Paris, France and gives readers a feel of the French Revolution and sets us up with the main character's background from lace making to the story of her mother.

    I was especially fascinated to read how the majority of the story took place in my home state of Pennsylvania,it took place in Philadelphia to be exact. I even found out the Pittsburgh Post Gazette newspaper used to be called the Pittsburgh Gazette when it first started out. It's so fascinating the historical facts you can find out with some research and I appreciate the author doing just this.

    This book held my attention firmly gripped and it won't be soon forgotten.

    I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to her next book.

    I received a review copy from the author and was not required to write a positive review.

  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    I'm pretty sure that met all my high expectations. And exceeded them in some ways. This book was just so beautiful, and I will definitely be reading more by this talented author!

    The characters. Just wow! The MCs, Vivienne and Liam, both had such depth, and were such real, relatable characters. I loved Vienne's willingness to serve others and provide for herself and others, yet it wasn't in a feministic way. And Liam . . . he was such a gentleman, and his struggles with right\wrong in regards to

    I'm pretty sure that met all my high expectations. And exceeded them in some ways. This book was just so beautiful, and I will definitely be reading more by this talented author!

    The characters. Just wow! The MCs, Vivienne and Liam, both had such depth, and were such real, relatable characters. I loved Vienne's willingness to serve others and provide for herself and others, yet it wasn't in a feministic way. And Liam . . . he was such a gentleman, and his struggles with right\wrong in regards to freedom and the Revolution . . . so good! Henri was also adorable! The first scene in his POV threw me off a bit, but I actually really liked getting into his head and hearing his perspective. The supporting cast was also fabulous.

    The writing. My word! I absolutely fell in love with Green's beautiful writing style. Her descriptions were so vivid and had me feeling like I was living in the story, yet they weren't overly wordy.

    The story. So so good! Initially it took me a little bit to get interested, but after a few chapters, things really started picking up and I couldn't put it down. The comparisons between the American and the French Revolutions were so fascinating and enlightening. I feel like the time period and setting this book is written in (1790s America) is not touched upon a whole lot in fiction, so it just made it all the more fascinating. I loved the amount of rich history Green throws into the story. I love learning something new while reading fiction, and Green kept the history far from dry or boring.

    The romance. *happy sigh* So beautiful! This is exactly the kind of romance I love to read - slow, sweet, and beautiful.

    I really don't have much to complain about with this story, but if I were to mention one thing, it would be the dialogue. It felt slightly too modern for the time period at times, but not terribly so.

    All in all, I absolutely loved A Refuge Assured, it is definitely getting a place of honor on my bookshelf! Highly recommended, especially if you love beautiful historical romance.

    One more note: That cover is swoon-worthy gorgeous! You definitely need to get a paperback copy if you read this book! <33

    CONTENT NOTE: I would recommend this for ages 16+ for descriptions of violence and adult themes.

  • Emilee

    Wow! What a ride! This book has a lot of political history. The author really brought it to life. The characters are all very well done. Liam is an amazing hero. This is not a fast read but it’s worth it. I love how the epilogue wrapped up the story.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: As of now, no.

    Spiritual Content- Psalm 142:5 at the beginning; Scriptures are quoted & remembered; Prayers; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, services, & priests; Mentions of Christmas; Mentions of Providence; Mentions of Quakers; Mentions of sins; Mentions of Paulette not believing in God or an afterlife, but she later wonders about forgiveness; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A few mentions of thanking God; A few mentions of faiths; A few mentions of Heaven; A mention of the birth of Christ; A mention of Godspeed; A mention of a miracle; A mention of crossing oneself;

    *Note: A couple mentions of ghosts; A mention of being ‘damned’; A mention of a talisman; A mention of a hex.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’, a ‘stupid’, two ‘shut up’s, three ‘hang it all’s, and six forms of ‘blast’; Mentions of curses (said, not written, including one by Liam and one by Paulette); Trying to kill a child four times (semi-detailed, not successful); A fire, smoke, & explosion (semi-detailed); Being shot (x2), hit, blood/bleeding, & passing out (semi-detailed); Being nearly strangled & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Being attacked/thrown glass and manure at (up to semi-detailed); Being pushes in a busy street & nearly ran-over (up to semi-detailed); Injuries, Pain, Blood/Bleeding, & Being Tarred (barely-above-not-detailed); Stitching someone up (up to semi-detailed); Drinking wine at dinner; Smelling hard liquor & watching others drink (up to semi-detailed); A young boy is given alcohol & gets drunk (barely-above-not-detailed); Nightmares (up to semi-detailed); Set during revolutions (semi-detailed); Many, many mentions of murders, beheadings, guillotines, those soon-to-be executed, & those in favor of it (semi-detailed); Many, many mentions of wars, revolutions, rebels, violence, & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of dead bodies, ligaments from those bodies on pikes, blood/bleeding, & horror (semi-detailed); Many mentions of pain, injuries/wounds, beatings, being shot, blood/bleeding, stitches, scars, & screams (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of alcohol/wine, drinking, drunks, & taverns/bars; Mentions of a murder (semi-detailed); Mentions of a plan to kill a child; Mentions of people being burned alive; Mentions of fighting, hitting/slapping, gunshots/bullets, & massacres; Mentions of hangings & being hung; Mentions of tarring & feathering others (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of crimes; Mentions of illnesses, symptoms, vomit, vomiting, & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of slavery, deaths, & slaves killing their masters (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of young boys that died (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of threats & abuse (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of arrests, imprisonment, & prisons/jails; Mentions of debts; Mentions of fires & smoke; Mentions of an attempted kidnapping; Mentions of hatred, prejudice, & revenge; Mentions of nightmares; Mentions of cigars, pipes, tobacco, & smoke; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of a young girl watching her parents die; A few mentions of thieves & stealing; A few mentions of animal manure; A couple mentions of a bully & getting a black eye; A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of frostbitten toes being amputated; A couple mentions of using the bathroom outside (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of sarcasm.

    Sexual Content- a hand kiss, a semi-detailed wrist kiss, a cheek kiss, a head kiss, a not-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, a forced boarder-line semi-detailed // detailed kiss, and detailed kisses; Touches, Dancing, Embraces, & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Unwanted Touches & Suggestions (up to semi-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); A man tries to get Vivienne to be his (she assumes) new mistress (she will not); a ‘whore’; Mentions of a fourteen year old maid being impregnated by the master of the house & forced to have an abortion (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of Vivienne being illegitimate child & her mother being a courtesan/mistress, also entertaining her lovers, and being faithful; Mentions of adultery, adulterers, & affairs; Mentions of courtesans & mistresses; Mentions of kisses & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of chaperones, virtue, & scandals; A few mentions of a young, unmarried woman being pregnant & wanting a rushed wedding; A few mentions of a man wanting to leave his wife for another woman; A couple mentions of unwanted advances; A mention of blushing & longing over the thought of having babies; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: A few mentions of the butt of a gun; A mention of a low-cut neckline; A mention of a woman’s too small shirt; A mention of a man’s muscles (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of kicking someone’s groin.

    -Vivienne “Vienne” Rivard, age 28-29

    -William “Liam” Delaney, age 38-39

    P.O.V. switches between them, Paulette (9x), & Henri (6x)

    Set in 1794-1795 (Prologue set in 1792, Epilogue in 1802)

    413 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- One Star

    Older High School Teens- One Star

    My personal Rating- One Star

    I always have a “catch-22 dilemma” when have to read and rate historical book set during or around wars.

    I hate the unjustness of those time periods. It honestly makes me dislike history so much and feel sick to my stomach.

    But, because I do content reviews, whether historical facts or not, those parts are held up to the Philippians 4:8 standard of this blog.

    And to be honest, a lot of history isn’t so lovely.

    So, while, yes, historical can be awful, terrible, and horrible, I must be honest and give ratings based on how the author writes the details of those parts and how it’s handled.

    See what I mean about a catch-22?

    Unfortunately,

    has this case.

    Agree or disagree with what I’ve said or these ratings, Books for Christian Girls has a duty to stand by our values, list out the content in every book, and give whatever ratings we feel are necessary.

    For our actual final thoughts:

    Being my first book by this author, the prologue had me wondering what in the world did I just get myself into. The blood, murders, and gore were too much for myself.

    For Vivienne, while I sympathized with her situation and I liked her drive to handle things, there was something about her personality that I felt clashed with my own. I can’t really put into words what felt off, but there was something.

    Liam, well, Liam. It felt like it was forever until we met him. In actuality, it was only 57 pages. But, that’s still quite a while for a normal length book. This one was just over 400 pages and while the romance section really didn’t happen until the last 100 pages or so, there was quite a bit in that area. The Spiritual Content was a decent amount for a book this long, but I would have preferred more discussions and such. Will I ever try out this author again, though? We’ll have to see.

    Personally, I further confirmed two things while reading this book:

    1.) One of my least favorite time periods is the 1700s and you couldn’t pay me to live in that time period.

    and 2.) I never want to be in politics.

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    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.

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