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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 finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, 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 the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219073
ISBN-13: 9780764219078

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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 finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, 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 the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

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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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  1. Fizzy Pop
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well told with strong characters and a strong story-line this book is pretty amazing.
    April 17, 2018
    Fizzy Pop
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You know that moment when you finish a book and you know that what it spoke to you is not what it did not probably any other reader. Ever. Oh, that doesn't happen to you? Well, perhaps I'm just weird but from random time to time it happens to me. When I sat down to read 'A Refuge Assured' I was expecting an interesting historical romance with a touch of intrigue or even a bit of action-type stuff. I mean, it's the second book about a French lacemaker set around the time of the American Revolution I've read this year. There was the twist of the child who may or may not be the smuggled out future King of France during their revolution. I figured that would bring about that intrigue and actionish stuff. I mean I totally got that book. But that's not what I took away from the book.

    Everywhere you go there is greed and envy. No matter what time period of life you look at or what geographical location or even race and creed of people you study; greed and envy. Greed and envy breeds hate. And when a group of people band together in their hate even the innocents are not safe. Any time something is undertaken due to greed or envy then nothing is sacred. Hate brings hate. Individuals may not hate the same things or even for the same reasons but hate is contagious. Hate breeds hate. This book was written, ultimately, because of hate. When people band together through shared hate innocent people stand to lose everything, including their lives, because of it. Hate has no reasoning skills, hate has no rationale, hate fuels itself through added hate. A young woman, Vivienne, sneaks out of France, not with a title or as nobility, but because she is a lacemaker. She is not the object of their hate but an innocent who is running for her life. A child, Henri, who has not yet had time to make enemies of his own or make mistakes to fuel others aggression toward him, but his life is in danger because of who they think he might be. Not who he is but by the thought that he could be the future king of France.

    This book gave me amazing characters set with a well-researched backdrop of the French Revolution set in America just after their successful fight for freedom. I see the parallels between the rationale of the separate revolutions and it's hard to understand how to take sides. I'm sure people felt the same way even then. I promise this book is not about greed and envy and hate. That is just the wonky way my mind worked as I read this book. Well told with strong characters and a strong story-line this book is pretty amazing. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a light historical romance. While it is Christian fiction it is subtly woven into the threads of the story and enhances it overall instead of detracts (which is a pet peeve of mine!).

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
  2. Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Unfortunately, had a lot of gore/blood... :(
    April 11, 2018
    Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    About this book:

    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 finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, 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 the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

    Series: As of now, no.

    Spiritual Content- Psalm 142:5 at the beginning; Scriptures are quoted & remembered; Prayers; Talks about God; Hs 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 ups, three hang it alls, 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 womans too small shirt; A mention of a mans muscles (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of kicking someones 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 isnt 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 its handled.

    See what I mean about a catch-22?

    Unfortunately, A Refuge Assured has this case.

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    Agree or disagree with what Ive 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.

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    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 cant 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, thats still quite a while for a normal length book. This one was just over 400 pages and while the romance section really didnt 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? Well have to see.

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

    1.) One of my least favorite time periods is the 1700s and you couldnt pay me to live in that time period.

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

    *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.
  3. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An intriguing historical read
    April 11, 2018
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Refuge Assured

    By Jocelyn Green

    Vivienne Rivard's profession has marked her. Her skill in lacemaking has linked her to the France Monarchy. And at this time of revolution and unrest, this very skill could see her before the guillotine. But with familial ties keeping her in Paris, each day could very well be the one that sees her life ending. But when her ties are cut, Vivienne must flee the land of her birth. Joining the exodus of French refugees she finds herself in America, a land known for its own revolution just years before.

    But this land in which she seeks peace and refuge is suffering its own pains. Freedom hasn't come to mean the same thing to all who call America home. Some have found themselves facing yet again unfair taxation - taxation that is proving oppressive. Having served with Washington and Hamilton during the War for Independence Liam Delaney can see both sides of the issue but with his family being worn down by the Whiskey Tax he has sympathies with their plight. And the useless French nobility that has descended upon the country tries him and he groups Vivienne in with them. But soon he realizes that Vivienne is more than he first assumed.

    A Refugee Assured introduces the reader to a lesser known period of American history when liberty was experiencing some bumps in the road. The needs of the nation were at times at odds with the people who helped bring it into being. The Whiskey Rebellion which is explored here sees taxation upon goods that have been made but not yet sold or traded. It is interesting to see that the issues that were at the heart of conflict here are often the same issues that play a part in today's world.

    There is a touch of a mystery surrounding a young boy whom Vivienne assumes responsibility for. Is he or isn't he the young prince Louis-Charles? This very intrigue places the life of Vivienne and those around her in danger as those who support the Revolution take an interest in her and her young charge. Those who read The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz will enjoy this book that focuses on a young woman who is skilled in the art of making lace whose very world is shaken to its core.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House through their blogger program with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  4. Jane
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating
    April 9, 2018
    Jane
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jocelyn Green produced another amazing historical tale in her new book A Refuge Assured. From the beginning, the historical drama carries you along on the waves of the French Revolution. The aftermath of the Reign of Terror, both on those in France and in the newly formed United States, is portrayed in the lives of the characters we come to know and love.

    Several of the things I love about this book are the deep emotional issues that are dealt with, the long (almost real-time) timeline, the historical facts that are the framework of the story and the imperfect characters that we meet.

    Green addresses issues of childhood abandonment, bitterness, unforgiveness and distrust in Vivienne, the heroine. As an illegitimate child, abandoned by her parents, and distrust in the motives of those around her, Vienne must learn to let God heal her, so she can thrive in a new land.

    Henri, a child who has seen so much violence and death, must learn to grieve and let go of survivor's guilt.

    And our hero, Liam, must learn to let go of what he holds dearest in order to trust God with the future that is best.

    The setting of the story was of particular interest to me, as it occurred not far from where I grew up, and yet I had never heard of French Asylum. Needless to say, it will be a scheduled field trip on my next trip home.

    I appreciate the slow development of the romance between Liam and Vienne. Their relationship evolves slowly and naturally out of acquaintance, then friendship, then love; very realistic.

    A Refuge Assured, is one of the best books I have read this year, and it will find a permanent home on my favorites shelf.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Mimi
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A New Historical Fiction
    April 7, 2018
    Mimi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This is the second book I've read by this author. It was similar to her first book, The Mark of the King. Vivienne escapes from the revolution in France and makes her way to Philadelphia. Life isn't as promising as she hoped it would be and once her lace that she smuggled is gone, she has to learn a new way to support herself.

    Vivienne also ends up being responsible for a little boy whose mother has passed away. His identity is called into question, and it forces them to whisk away to the little town of Asylum that was created for the king of France as a refuge. Liam helps them get there, but things don't go so great for him once they get there.

    I wasn't a fan of this book like I was her first one. I am looking forward to the author's next story though!

    *I received this book for review from Bethany House Publishing.
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