Sanctuary: Faith of Our Fathers Series #1   -     By: Molly Noble Bull
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Sanctuary: Faith of Our Fathers Series #1

Tsaba House / 2007 / Paperback

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Fleeing persecution in 18th-century France, Jewish Rachel Levin and Huguenot Pierre Dupre take refuge in a church. They're safe, until the man who killed Rachel's family arrives. Captain Vallae wants her as his mistress---or dead! Rachel and Pierre's "marriage" and subsequent escape leave Vallae furious! Can they reach Scotland before the captain takes revenge? 320 pages, softcover from FaithWorks.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Tsaba House
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1933853506
ISBN-13: 9781933853505
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 12/23/15.

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By 1740, the terrible hatred and persecution that blackened France has almost vanished. But when Rachel Levins fianc and her parents are murdered by a French army captain, Rachel fears for her life, in this latest novel from the author of "The Rogues Daughter" and "The Winter Pearl."

Sanctuary by Molly Noble Bull is a historical novel written in a compelling style: a true historic event becomes the backdrop for a suspenseful romance. Bull tells a story not often heard before, about the persecution of the Huguenots, in a fascinating and fast-paced novel where the course of love is guaranteed not to run smooth.
Huguenots were French Protestants during the Reformation, and were commonly persecuted as were Jews. In Sanctuary, the hero is a Huguenot, the heroine is a Jew, and they experience trials from the start.
Rachel and Pierre face devastating losses, even before they’re forced to run for their lives from the army sent out to stamp out ‘their kind’ from the face of the earth. They meet kindness as well as cruelty along their way to safety. And they are pursued by the ever-menacing Captain Villae, who has taken a shine to the beautiful and forbidden young Jewish woman, Rachel, and is determined to hunt her to the ends of the earth.
It is reminiscent of the historical novels Daughter of Liberty by J.M. Hochstetler and Hannah Rose by Louise Gouge. All history should be taught this way. Sanctuary is guaranteed to catch and hold readers’ interest, having so much fun they won’t mind learning something new. – Mary Connealy, Christian Book

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 21, 2010
    Writing is a bit simplistic and hero and heroine meet very easily friendly people in the days of persecution, but as colourful historical adventure and romance this is a success. Good job, Mary!
  2. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 10, 2009
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Loved this book. Can't wait for the sequel to come out. Found the historical parts very interesting. The hate that went on in the name of Religion...guess it is still with us today. Thank you Molly!
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 29, 2009
    Sheila Deeth
    I love Scotland and have happy memories of vacations there with my family and later with my husband. So knowing that the characters of Sanctuary were seeking a new life in Scotland made me keen to read the book. The inclusion of the words to the famous hymn, Faith of our Fathers in the introduction intrigued me too, as I remember singing it often in my Catholic elementary school. And a book about the Huguenots with a title character called Rachel Levin has to be fascinating. Rachel is Jewish, and the book opens with some very revealing details of Jewish life in Europe in the 1700s. The juxtaposition of despised Huguenots and despised Jews certainly makes the reader think. And the characters conversations give more food for thought. There are evil villains, in particular a military captain who dedicates his life to chasing after Rachel, but there are also surprising helpers; Catholic monks, fishermen and even noblemen who seem to risk all to protect the innocent. Behind it all, theres the question of Rachels culture and faith. Will she confess who she is? And will she fall for the man she is pretending to be married to? Will she be drawn into his Huguenot faith? The novel is the first of a series but presents a delightfully complete story in its own right. I hope I might get to read the others sometime, but meanwhile Im grateful to for this introduction to Molly Noble Bulls writing.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 8, 2009
    Marilyn Strother
    I am reading now and it is a Very Good Book. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. It was received in timely manner and was in good condition
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 18, 2008
    Betty Anne Bantz
    Rachel Levin had been taught to hide her emotions, her thoughts, her Jewishness, as she grew up in Alsace, France in the 1700s. And it had worked well until one fateful day in 1730 when renegade soldiers of the Crown overstep their authority.Helpless to defend them, Huguenot friend Pierre Dupre witnesses the attack on Rachel's parents, the same attack that kills his brother LouisRachel's fianc, and leave her an orphan. Along with other persecuted Huguenots, Pierres parents flee on ships in the night, but Pierre and Rachel miss the boat, instead fleeing on foot to a church some call <I>The Sanctuary</I>. But they are not safe for long.<br /><br />The unscrupulous military captain who had ordered the pillage and burning of Rachel's house had saved a trunk of letters and pictures, and her portrait has stirred a fascination, a primal craving for this beauty. He and his men catch up to the fleeing couple at the church, but the priest and nuns hide them in plain sight until the soldiers retreat. Realizing the refugees' lives are still in jeopardy, the priest makes plans for a boatman to take them to an island--a haven for Huguenots, and Rachel once again must hide her Jewishness. But Father La Faye insists that the young people marry first, for it would be unseemly for them to travel together otherwise. Rachel feels like she is betraying her dead Fianc, but complies. <br /><br />Hunted by the madman, Captain Vallae, who has resigned his command to pursue Rachel, the young couple travels from island to island, ship to ship, England to Scotland, in an intense quest to be free. With many surprises along the way.<br /><br />Bull places the reader in the middle of the story and keeps you there to the final "amen." More than just a good read, I highly recommend this book.
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Author: Molly Noble Bull
Located in: Kingsville, Texas
Submitted: May 01, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I was born in Kingsville, Texas, and though my husband and I have lived in other places, we live in Kingsville again. My father and grandfather were real Texas cowboys. But the song says, "Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys." However, all three of ours did.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I am descended from Huguenots forced to leave France for religious reasons. My ancestors came to the United States in search of freedom of religion--thus the title of the series--Faith of Our Fathers. Not much has been written about these fine Americans. I want Sanctuary to change that.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Sanctuary is a fast paced adventure story about the Huguenots. It's also about love, safety and forgiving the unforgivable. Set in France in 1740, the novel ends in Scotland with action every step of the way.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The Bible is always my source of inspiration for my writing and for my daily living.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I have two more long historical novels coming out in the Faith of Our Fathers series. I also have two non-fiction books contracted and a short contemporary romance. And my long historical, The Winter Pearl, can still be ordered. God willing, I will be busy for a while.


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