Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Year: 2019
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My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hey luvs! Enjoy this special guest review from my awesome sister-in-law, Rebecca!
She Has Always Moved between Worlds,
But Now She Must Choose a Side
The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval would rather remain neutral in a world tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the Seven Years’ War against her wishes when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel claims he has information that could help end the war, and he asks Catherine to help him escape.
Peace appeals to Catherine, even if helping the man who broke her heart does not. But New France is starving, and she and her loved ones may not survive another winter of conflict-induced famine. When the dangers of war arrive on her doorstep, Catherine and Samuel flee by river toward the epicenter of the battle between England and France. She and Samuel may impact history, but she fears the ultimate cost will be higher than she can bear.
~Taken from Jocelyn Green’s website: https://www.jocelyngreen.com/books/fiction/between-two-shores
Jocelyn Green has written another beautiful historical piece. This book is rich with historical details from one pivotal conflict during the Seven Years’ war. I love how Jocelyn writes history. As I read her words, the book seems to come alive in my mind. I also love how she jumps back in time to give you a look at where Catherine was when she was younger and how her relationship with Samuel came about.
The ending was not what I expected when I first started the book. Even though it wasn’t what I expected or how I even wanted it to end, I still really enjoyed watching the characters develop and grow through the course of the novel. I also really enjoyed all the reconciliation that took place between characters by the end of the book. I think that is what made the book still a good read in my mind, even though the girl didn’t get the guy in the end, she grew so much. There was a certain sweetness in how she came from such a broken place to one of belonging and knowing WHO she belonged to.
Yes, if you like rich historical novels this would be a good read for you. While there is some romance, it is not the main focus of this book.
Victoria here, I honestly can’t wait to read this book! I just ran out of time this month. I love Jocelyn Green’s writing and she is an incredible woman whom I had the privilege of hearing speak and getting to meet.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?
By God’s Grace,