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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2015
Louis Lestarjette, a Frenchman, arrives in Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1772 without purpose or plans. He encounters a society on the brink of revolution and is forced to make decisions that include finding meaning and direction in his carefree life. Who can he trust in his endeavors to prosper? Will he be able to stay neutral in a battle for independence? When decisive events confront him, will he stay or leave? Running from God and commitment is a constant option.
Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of a prominent British citizen, believes God will hold her close in uncertain and changing times. Faced with making difficult decisions about her loyalties, she finds comfort in close friends, a devout sister, and her music. When the mysterious Frenchman with no commitment to God or Charles Town enters her life, her role in the political battle is challenged. Can she trust her heart in volatile situations?
Set in pre-revolution Charles Town, Hold Me Close takes the reader into the lives of immigrants, ordinary citizens, and prominent historical figures at a time in which decisions are made that will change the world.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Reading about Real Life CharactersJune 29, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hold Me Close by author Marguerite Martin Gray is a historical fictional novel that actually is about real people who lived during that time. We are transported along with Frenchman, Louis Lestargette, to Charles Town, South Carolina in 1772. He has come to the colonies with no real purpose but to be somewhat prosperous and he does not want to be tied down. He was unhappy in France and hopes for something better in South Carolina where his aunt and uncle live. Little does he realize how the colonies are unhappy with Mother England and this is something that eventually he will also have to make a decision about.
Elizabeth Elliot and her family, recently moved from Boston, have come to South Carolina so her father may help start a college. While the tensions are heating up and the townspeople are taking sides as loyalists or for independence, Elizabeth also has made her stand. Choosing to be on the side of liberty, she must now rely on her faith in God, praying and hoping for peace in these trying times especially living with her family who are staunch supporters of the King and crown.
With the backdrop of pre-revolution Charles Town these two people meet, become good friends, and that friendship eventually turns to romance, a romance that will not please everyone. The ending of this book left me wanting more and I am curious as to how their story will unfold.
My thanks go to Celebrate Lit and the author for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Historical FictionJune 28, 2016MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hold Me Close is a historical fiction set in the pre-revolutionary era of the 1770's in Charles Town, South Carolina. Ms. Gray's primary characters, Louis Lestarjette and Elizabeth Elliott, are well developed, intriguing and actual individuals who lived during this time.
Louis arrived in Charles Town from France with no purpose except to try to prosper as he made contact with his aunt and uncle. Louis is torn between the Loyalists and Sons of Liberty as he attends meetings of both parties. Elizabeth is drawn toward Louis after being introduced by his aunt. Elizabeth is pressured by her father to remain true to Britain but Elizabeth's strong character had her viewing the situation differently than her father. Elizabeth had a strong faith and knew God would hold her close. I appreciate how Ms. Gray had the underwritten theme of God being the one to hold us close to Him no matter the situation. Will Louis come to know God in a personal matter and fine purpose in his life? How will Elizabeth handle her father when he confronts her about remaining true to Britain? Read this historical fiction to discover the answers.
I appreciate the historical issues of conflict, hatred, heartache, deceit, and risk of embezzlement into Charles Town to be prepared if war broke out. The story is filled with various emotions between characters along with faith, romance, forgiveness, hatred, and seeking God in what to do. As a reader, I enjoy historical fiction and this book did not disappointment. With uncertainty of what will transpire with Louis and Elizabeth as the book ends, I look forward to book two in this new series, Revolutionary Faith by Ms. Gray.
I received a complimentary copy of Hold Me Close from the author and Celebrate Lit Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Realistic American Revolutionary StoryJune 27, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Set in pre-Revolutionary War Charles Town, South Carolina, this novel shares views from the Loyalists, from the Sons of Liberty who want freedom from the British, and from a visiting Frenchman, Louis Lestarjette. Louis seeks to find where he belongs and to make his way in the world. He lives with his aunt and uncle and helps with their mercantile as he looks into shipping French goods to America. Hes caught in the midst of the turmoil and must decide which group to give his loyalty to. Elizabeth Elliott, who comes from a prominent British family, sympathizes with those who long for independence from British rule. She and Louis develop a relationship, but could it ever become more when her father does not approve? This story, based on actual people in American history comes to life on the page. I look forward to the next installment of the tale. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Pleasurable Historic Fiction!June 23, 2016Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Frenchman Louis Lestarjette has arrived in 1772 Charles Town, South Carolina with no significant aspirations other than to investigate this new land of opportunity and acquire his own wealth, if at all possible. Louis soon discovers that as a young Frenchman, he cannot remain neutral indefinitely while tensions escalate between staunch Loyalists and the more popular Sons of Liberty.
Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of a well known British citizen, finds Louis to be an interesting social companion; well educated, acquainted with fine European trends and mannerisms, but nominally religious, almost lonely. As the two spend more time together, Elizabeth's deep faith and zest for life awakens a deep yearning within Louis. As business opportunities rapidly unfold, Louis faces life-changing decisions on multiple fronts. Will Louis and Elizabeth allow God to hold them close as danger and uncertainty loom larger than life?
"Hold Me Close" is a fascinating glimpse into the complexity of fractured loyalties experienced among family and friends, as our forefathers struggled up against Britain's stringent taxation. The fact that the book is based on the lives of actual Charleston, S. C. residents makes the novel quite a pleasurable example of historic fiction.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A New Perspective on HistoryJune 22, 2016kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I love historical fiction, and it was wonderful to read a story based on real people residing in a lesser-known setting, as the Revolutionary War loomed. With all the uncertainty, Elizabeth must cling to God and His goodness as she lives in a home of divided loyalties, works to educate young women and children of the town, and takes a stand for the rights of the colonists. Louis goes through quite a transformation as he steps off the boat from France entirely concerned about himself, to a man who desires to do God's will in his life.
I enjoyed the storyline and learning about this piece of history, but I'm glad that there will be more to the story in Book Two of the Revolutionary Faith series, because the story did not end at the conclusion of Hold Me Close.
Stronger editing and proofreading would definitely strengthen this book. I found errors throughout, and I thought that some of the dialogue was either strained, or didn't seem appropriate for the time period.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.