A Refuge Assured, by Jocelyn Green, is a historical fiction novel based around the French Revolution. Vivienne is a lacemaker who made lace for the royal family. For this reason her life is in danger. She left France and came to America. The story takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. Vivienne smuggles some of her lace to America with her and tries to sell it to survive. When illness hits the area, she helps care for the ill. Her friend dies and Vivienne is left to care for her friend’s son. Many people feel the young boy is the future king of France. Vivienne is forced to move to keep him safe.
Liam is a mail carrier and brother to Vivienne’s employer. When he finds out Vivienne has to move quickly, he takes her and the boy to claim their home in Asylum. What he is not expecting is that the property he purchased and has been improving is not really his, it belongs to Vivienne’s father.
This is a good book with lots of history, both French and American. The story dwells on the imposition of the liquor tax and military actions to enforce it. The story is so well written it is easy to envision the tiny details of using the treads to form beautiful, delicate late. It’s also easy to imagine the fear Vivienne must have felt in protecting the young boy and the cold they traveled in to safety. As well as the pain the young boy felt with leaving his home, losing his mother and friends.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing, this is my honest review.
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