Surround Me: Revolutionary Faith Book Two - eBook
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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2016
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Rachel H.4 Stars Out Of 5A strong addition to any historical fiction collectionAugust 4, 2017Rachel H.Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Loved reading Surround Me, by Marguerite Martin Gray. Book number two in the Revolutionary Faith series winds and twists through over a year in the life of the two main characters Elizabeth and Louis, immediately prior to the Revolutionary War.
This book felt unique in the way it dropped subtle details about both the daily goings on in the life of the characters, and their spiritual growth. It didnt linger too long on repetitive details; instead, it focused on the characters development and a good description of historical events.
The viewpoint of a French transplant isnt one Ive come across often, and it was nice to take in a different perspective. You get to learn a little something new about Revolutionary War era America, and a little bit about France post revolution.
Overall, Id give this book four out of five stars. Accurate historical detail, well rounded characters, and good writing make this a strong addition to any historical fiction collection.
I was sent a copy of this book for an honest review.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Books Captures Time WellDecember 16, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In pre-Revolutionary America, Frenchman Louis Lestarjette and his beloved Elizabeth Elliott must keep their courtship secret until the proper time. Her family remains divided, with her Loyalist father supporting the Crown while she and Louis side with the Partisans. Pressure builds for the colonists and affect all the characters peopling this historical novel. The author makes you feel like you are experiencing the drama with those enacting the decisions and determining the fate of the new nation. They seek Gods guidance to combat tyranny and aid those suffering from the demands of Britain. The story is quite realistic with details of setting, clothing, and the way people conducted themselves. It gives a unique view into early America. The tale flows naturally, with a personal story set against the backdrop of impending revolution. I was provided a free copy of this book by Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5In the Midst of UncertaintyDecember 15, 2016kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Surround Me continues the story of Louis and Elizabeth in pre-Revolutionary War Charles Town, South Carolina that was begun in Hold Me Close. Again, I loved the perspective of the era from the different locale, and it was exciting to have famous Americans from that time make an appearance in this story. One thing I appreciated about both Louis and Elizabeth, was that along with strong and growing faith in God, they were able to surround themselves, in that uncertain time, with people who loved and supported them. They also remained loving to those who were not of the same political persuasion as they.
There were some very descriptive and detailed passages in this book that I loved, like of the house that they were preparing. I did, however, have trouble reading some clunky dialogue, and I wished that time transitions and transitions from narrative to dialogue had been smoother. However, I am looking forward to the continuation of Louis and Elizabeth's story, and I love that it is a story from the author's ancestry! Other historical fiction readers will certainly appreciate that.
I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Time Not so Different from Our OwnDecember 13, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4After enjoying Marguerite Martin Grays first book in the Revolutionary Faith series, I was eager to continue the story in this next installment. As with the earlier book, Surround Me lets the reader experience a rapidly changing society beginning to advocate for representation and their own leadership rather than being dominated by a distant Parliamentthrough the eyes of those who lived it and reacted to ground-breaking events of their own day.
I appreciated the attention to historical detail, not just with the political events leading up to revolution, but in the day to day lives of the men and women living during that time. For example, enjoying tea while it was available, before stock became depleted and then unobtainable to those who supported liberty. That some switched to coffee made me smile as I had never thought of my own coffee habit as particularly patriotic before! The details about how women prepared as they were able by attending meetings and sewing secret pockets in petticoats to hide jewelry, documents, or even weapons should the need arise is fascinating to me as someone who loves history.
It struck me as very applicable today, in the somewhat uncertain times we are living in, that the faith of those who lived in a historically turbulent era is the same as my own; I take encouragement from that, believing that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He did not forsake His children then and He will not do so now. Realizing that these are historical characters in a novel does not dim that encouragement, eitherpeople living then must have felt similar things, and many of these characters are also historical figures, too, who said and did much of what they are portrayed as having done in this book.
This is an interesting read for fans of historical fiction, especially novels set during the pre-Revolutionary era. Those who enjoy romance or a family saga will also find a welcome new installment in the series. I would highly recommend reading the first book before picking this one up, however; while it could be read as a standalone, I believe readers will get much more enjoyment from this novel if they are familiar with the characters before beginning it.
I received a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Love and WarDecember 12, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Surround Me is book two in the Revolutionary Faith series and really brings the drama and turmoil to light as the date of the Revolutionary War approaches. Taking place in Charles Town, Elizabeth patiently awaits the return of her secret French fianc, Louis Lestarjette, from France. Meanwhile, Louis visits his family, to right some wrongs with his brother, all the while finding out how willing the French people would be to help the colonists in case war broke out with Britain.
This story was my favorite of the two as there was much more romance intertwined with the history than the first book. Here we have two people from two different countries madly in love while family loyalty is tested and oftentimes shattered. Both stand firm in their opinions of the British government and begin to bring their actions in line with their beliefs. I felt for Elizabeth as she was living in a culture of turmoil while still hoping and praying for her and Louises happily ever after. I cannot imagine having to try to make a home as war looms ever closer on the horizon. Is their city too far removed from Boston and the other port cities to be affected as much, or will they be asked to sacrifice livelihoods, homes, and even their own lives to ensure the freedom that has begun to take root in their hearts?
This is set against the backdrop of the Boston Tea Party and I think this series has really ramped up and is becoming an epic historical adventure of love and war. I look forward to continuing reading about this great turning point for our nation through the eyes of the Lestarjette family.
I received a copy for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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