Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray Book Review


Battles rage in Elizabeth Elliot’s heart as the threat of war invades her hometown.

Charles Town, South Carolina, 1773—The dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend as Louis Lestarjette makes a permanent break from his homeland and pursues his relations with Elizabeth. Somehow, he must find a way to manage all aspects of his life amid the political and financial difficulties this turbulent time throws at him. Never has his heart been at the center of his life decisions, challenging what he really wants, if he cannot have it all.

Elizabeth Elliott must find unwavering courage, choosing to allow God’s love to surround her with strength. A marriage during a time of confusion seems impossible as a Patriot from a Loyalist family who loves a Frenchman. She wonders how a faithful daughter can marry without her father’s permission. After a summer apart from Louis, she begins to fear that the uncertain times might delay their life together.
Marguerite Martin Gray has done her research. Her vivid descriptions during the time of the Revolutionary War was fantastic. I am a huge fan of historical stories. She didn't disappoint. Her character was relatable. Throughout the book we learn about Louis Lestarjette, a Frenchman who turned Patriot is in love with his secret fiance Elizabeth Elliot. Elizabeth's father is a Loyalist. He isn't happy with her being in love with a Frenchman and a Patriot. 

In the story, Gray does a fantastic job of weaving in Biblical ideas and their love for God without being preachy. 

Great book. I would highly recommend it. You can read this as a stand alone, but I would suggest reading the first one Hold Me Close before reading Surround Me. I can't wait to read more of her books. 

Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, and Bring Me Near-- Revolutionary Faith Books One, Two and Three. She enjoys studying history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches high school Spanish 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, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband.

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A Frenchman, a Patriot, and an ocean—on the brink of forming a nation. Surround Me by Marguerite Gray.

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1773 Charles Town “You do realize this can’t be a secret forever. You must tell your parents.” Surround Me by Marguerite Gray

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