Monday, December 12, 2016

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray

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About the Book
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Returning to Charles Town, Louis faces obstacles surrounding his engagement to Elizabeth and a city questioning its role in a volatile resistance to British rule.

As the dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend, Louis Lestarjette pursues his relationship with Elizabeth even as the emotion and physical struggles set the course for a life of changes. Will his commitment to God stay firm or will the tide of change cause fear and flight?

The chance of reconciliation with England moves further out to sea leaving Elizabeth Elliott on the shores of surrender to a greater challenge. Although others of unwavering courage give her strength, she must choose to allow God’s love to surround her. How can she enter into a marriage during a time of uncertainty? Will selfish, safer options take her away from Louis and his love?

My Review

Surround 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 fiancĂ©, 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 Louise’s 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.

About the Author

Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close—Revolutionary Faith Book One. She enjoys the study of history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Abilene Writers Guild, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Originally from Louisiana, she currently lives in Abilene with her husband.

Guest Post from Marguerite Martin Gray

About ten years ago I stood in the front bedroom of my parent’s antebellum house listening to my father tell stories about his ancestors–my ancestors while waving around a silver candlestick–my eight times great-grandfather’s gift to his bride. A story was born and I was off to Charleston, S.C.

Blog Stops

December 2: A Reader’s Brain
December 3: Moments Dipped in Ink
December 4: Lane Hill House
December 4: Karen Sue Hadley
December 6: A Greater Yes
December 7: Proverbial Reads
December 10: Bigreadersite
December 10: Bibliophile Reviews
December 12: Pause for Tales
December 13: A Path of Joy


To celebrate their tour, Marguerite is giving away a print copy of Hold Me Close and Surround Me, a print copy of A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, a $10 Amazon Card, and a Yorkshire Gold Box of Tea! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your review. I hope others enjoy it too. Merry Christmas.