A brief summary from Bethany House Publishers:
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 danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum 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 his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.
Fleeing for her life, Vivienne Rivard leaves her life and France behind in search of refuge from those who would bring down French nobility. But when she arrives in Philadelphia, things aren’t as promising as she was led to believe with America swirling from the effects of the American Revolution. It seems she traded one country’s unrest for another.
Yet, Vivienne is determined to thrive in this new country, and finds a way to sell her craft of lacemaking to the Americans and other refuges alike. And when she and the handsome Liam Delaney are introduced, it would seem refuge might be found not in a country, but in one another.
A Refugee Assured is my first read of Jocelyn Green’s novels…and I have mixed emotions. One one hand, she wrote a beautiful novel with interesting characters and a plot with enough ups/downs to keep things interesting.. but on the other hand, the historical period of time was so dark and, well, frankly depressing, that I had to start/stop reading multiple times because it effected me so incredibly much. But that’s the mark of a great writer, isn’t it? One who can write in a way that causes the reader to become emotionally attached and invested.
Overall, I think if you love history and historical fiction, you’ll truly enjoy reading A Refugee Assured! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to re-read this novel in the future, but I am looking forward to reading Green’s other works in the future!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.