Sunday, 28 April 2019

Book Review: Between Two Shores

From the back:

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 epicentre 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.
My Reflections:
This novel was so unique, it was a complete surprise. Nothing like what I expected, yet so much more than I could have hoped for! 

Set in Quebec in the year 1759, this book is rich with historical detail. You can tell Jocelyn Green has put a lot of time and effort into the research required to pen such a detailed, historically accurate novel. 
Vivid prose and a strong heroine makes this read launch well from page one to the completion. Another aspect I adored about this novel is the very fact that Green does not paint the story with a rose coloured hue, it is factual and honestly raw, hence making readers experience a refreshing and intriguingly unique experience. 

This story allows the reader to experience the struggles the early Canadian settlers and the native Indians had during the seven years French and Indian War. Catherine Duval is straddling both sides, not fully in either life, she must decide who she is and what she stands for to truly become the woman God intends her to become. 
This story is steeped in identity, belonging, conflict and reconciliation. I can certainly identify with Catherine's struggles anger and disappointment with her identity and the process to become whole. It was truly a beautiful progression to the end. Well worth the read, and highly recommended.
It was a wonderfully complex, expertly written book and I am eager to read more from this authour in the near future. 

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Jocelyn Green
Jocelyn Green (www.jocelyngreen.com) inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the KingWedded to War, and The 5 Love Languages...
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