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Book Review: A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

Book Review: A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

I was so excited to start 2018 by participating in the book launch team for Jocelyn Green’s new book, A Refuge Assured. This is the second book of Jocelyn’s that I’ve read and I have such a deep appreciation for the time and research Jocelyn puts in to her books. It’s so evident that when Jocelyn decides to write a story about a particular time in history, she does it with excellence. With such excellence, means it’s real treat to read books by Jocely Green.

A Refuge Assured follows the story of Vivienne, a French lacemaker who flees during the French Revolution when lacemakers were considered to be criminals because of their association with royalty. Vivienne arrives in Philadelphia and we see her try to adjust to a new life in a brand new country. I really admire how Vivienne has such high standards for herself and she does NOT compromise at all.

While there is a love story element to A Refuge Assured, that is not the focus of the book. A Refuge Assured is more about a young woman who acts with remarkable courage as she transitions into a new life in a foreign country. The love story is not an afterthought, it is a nice compliment to the overall story. We get to see Liam admire Vivienne for her courage and resilience.

I really enjoyed reading how Vivienne adapts in Philadelphia; it isn’t easy. She must address well-meaning Americans who do not have accurate information about the French Revolution. I also appreciate how Vivienne decides to learn a new skill, so that she can provide for herself. She doesn’t depend on anyone, but as the story unfolds, we get to see how Vivienne learns to trust and embrace her community. It’s truly amazing to watch Vivienne grow.

When I finished reading A Refuge Assured, I wanted more. I wanted to know more about the French Revolution and the lacemakers. I wanted more books by Jocelyn Green. I just wanted more. Honestly, that’s not a bad a way to start a new reading year – wanting more from the author of the book you just finished! You can check out other books by Jocelyn Green, by going to her website. I also encourage you to check out Jocelyn’s Author Facebook Page, she posts such great content.

If you are looking for a good book to read about an interesting time in history about a profession (lacemakers) you may not know a lot about, I urge you grab A Refuge Assured!

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