Historical Fiction, Review

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

about the book

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel’s life convince her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

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my thoughts

Between Two Shores is an all-consuming literary adventure set in the picturesque region surrounding Montreal amidst the turmoil of the Seven Years’ War. Jocelyn Green has gifted readers with a story which opens the mind and wrings the heart. The beauty, faults, and suffering of each represented culture are depicted with honesty, reverence, and grace.

Catherine is an intriguingly complex and engaging character. Her perspective and compassion infuse this story with a rich multi-cultural sense of equality and humanity. Catherine’s personal journey of acceptance and purpose touched my heart and captivated my emotions.

Thanks to the author’s skill and the special gift of historical fiction, I have a better understanding of (and dare I say an emotional connection to) this time period and the people who lived in it despite the fact that I consider myself neither French, British, Canadian, nor Mohawk. I highly recommend this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

about the author

Jocelyn Green is a former journalist who puts her investigative skills to work in writing both nonfiction and historical fiction to inspire faith and courage.

Her books have finaled in the Christy Awards and Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, and have won gold from the Military Writers Society of America and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Complex and nuanced characters, rich historical detail and twisting plots make her novels immersive experiences. Her fiction has been praised by Historical Novel Society, Romantic Times, Library Journal, historians specializing in her novels’ time periods, as well as popular and acclaimed authors Laura Frantz, Lori Benton, Jody Hedlund, Sarah Sundin, Joanne Bischof, Julie Lessman, and more.

Jocelyn loves Broadway musicals, the color red, Toblerone chocolate bars, Mexican food, and well-done documentaries. She lives in Iowa with her husband, two children, and two cats she should have named Catticus Finch and Purrman Meowville. Visit her website or author spotlight for more!

 

also available

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

 

giveaway

Jocelyn Green has generously provided a paperback copy of Between Two Shores for one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!

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The Seven Years War and even the French and Indian War
are pages in history I quite possibly slept through…
Do you remember learning about these events, reader friends? 

50 thoughts on “Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green”

  1. I LOVED Mark of the King and A Refuge Assured! Mark of the King was my favorite book that I read last year, and A Refuge Assured (which I read last month) will be a tough one to beat for my favorite read this year! I can’t wait to read Between Two Shores! I know it will be just as amazing.

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  2. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to enter a giveaway! Looks like a great story I’d be interested in reading! Would love to win a print copy!

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  3. Nope! I had the worst history teachers in high school- they were all coaches who were really there for the sports program. Now I’m married to a history teacher who is pretty amazing and he’s helped me develop an interest in the more obscure details of history.

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  4. I’m sure I probably learned about the Seven year and the French & Indian war, but like you I probably didn’t pay as much attention as I should have, lol! History wasn’t my favorite subject.

    Now I love learning history through fiction 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway chance.

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  5. Thank you for a chance to wind this book! It looks amazing! I remember learning about the Seven Years War and French and Indian War, but we just touched on it briefly. Mostly just Washington and a few battles that happened in. As far as much that happened outside of the US, not a lot at all.

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  6. Hi Beth! Yes, I remember studying about the French and Indian War (though I can’t remember much now – ha!), but I don’t remember learning about the Seven Years War. I’m sure I probably did but just can’t remember 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  7. I loved history, but don’t remember much about the French Indian War. That’s my favorite thing about historical fiction… The chance to learn something new! Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win!

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  8. I don’t really remember learning about the French & Indian War. I am sure after reading this book I will know more than I ever learned in school!

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  9. I am looking forward to reading this one! I love all the history and adventures in Jocelyn’s books. I remember learning about these wars but I do get confused on which is which. Learning about them through fiction brings the wars and battles to life instead of being stuck in the history books.

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  10. I grew up in Western New York and loved history from grammar school! I also have a cousin who is a full blooded Seneca so our family visited pow wows, Old Fort Niagara, Fort William Henry, etc. “Drums Along the Mohawk” was a favorite movie. I am very familiar with this time period as are our daughters (we homeschooled in NY). Jocelyn Green is a new author to me and I will be looking for her books. Thank you for sharing! P.S. It would be wonderful to win this contest.

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  11. I don’t remember much about the 7 Years War or The French and Indian War, I must have slept through those lessons, too. But I could tell you that I’m pretty sure Sister Lucy taugh those lessons. Isn’t that an insane memory? The book sounds fabulous and the cover is stunning!

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