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 finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, 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 the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.
This is such a remarkable example of historical fiction at its best.
This novel, one could feel Vivienne’s pain as she lifted her blood soaked hands from the streets. Or Liam’s internal struggle with who to defend with the whiskey task.
Green was so descriptive there were times I really felt as if I was there. Green must have done extensive research and it paid off beautifully.
There are just so many layers to Vivienne’s and Liam’s story. Rest assured this book is worth every single page.
What a wonderful example of know your history otherwise you are doomed to repeat it.
I can easily say this is the best book I have read in a long time. In fact I would go and read it a second time.
|Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)