Jocelyn Green, “A Refuge Assured”

I rarely give a rating of 5. This book was so well written and the story luring that I felt it was worthy.

Vivienne Rivard was raised by her beloved Aunt Rose. Her circumstances were not to be known or talked about in polite company. But Vivienne had become a real lady under the teaching of her Aunt as well as one of the finest Lace-Makers in France. But because of the political climate, she was actually in danger as one who served the throne and the rich. It was during the Revolutionary War that Vivienne decided to leave her home after her loving Aunt Rose had passed, and then her mysterious mother also whom she had only recently come to know. Once she arrived in Philadelphia, she met another French woman and her son, whom some believed was Louis . Some believed he was in hiding and some believed he was dead…there were some who did believe he had also fled to America. Vivienne had a hard time learning who to believe. Her French friend, Martine succumbed to Yellow Fever and her son, Henri, whom some thought was Louis, was taken in custody by Vivienne to protect and raise. Vivienne felt sparks for an Irish landowner she met in the city tavern. He ran the mail route from Aslyum to Philadelphia when he wasn’t building and planting. During the time that the new tax on alcohol came to be, Liam was called back to the military to help round up tax evaders. It was hard for Liam, as his brother who made whiskey, believed the government was wrong in the way it was handling the tax collections. Liam saw firsthand that the military was persecuting those who weren’t even questioned or proven guilty. Because of Lian’s honest, Vivienne’s feelings continued to grow even after she moved to Asylum to be safe and protect Henri. There is much more adventure after their move so enjoy reading this tale of war, love, and truth.

This book was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID.

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