Book Review (and a Giveaway!: Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray

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Returning to Charles Town, Louis faces obstacles surrounding his engagement to Elizabeth and a city questioning its role in a volatile resistance to British rule.

As the dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend, Louis Lestarjette pursues his relationship with Elizabeth even as the emotion and physical struggles set the course for a life of changes. Will his commitment to God stay firm or will the tide of change cause fear and flight?

The chance of reconciliation with England moves further out to sea leaving Elizabeth Elliott on the shores of surrender to a greater challenge. Although others of unwavering courage give her strength, she must choose to allow God’s love to surround her. How can she enter into a marriage during a time of uncertainty? Will selfish, safer options take her away from Louis and his love?

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SERIES: Revolutionary Faith #2
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: WestBow Press
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2016
PAGES: 277

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“I’m afraid our lives will be changed forever if things continue as they are.”

Meticulously researched and rich with historical detail, Surround Me continues the story of Louis Lestarjette and Elizabeth Elliott – the author’s actual ancestors who lived and breathed and fell in love during the pre-Revolutionary stirrings in South Carolina.  Particularly compelling to me in this second book of the series (which could be read as a stand alone but would be much better appreciated if you’ve read Hold Me Close already) is the scene in which Louis gives Elizabeth a wedding gift, which Gray talks about in her author’s note below. The history/ancestry geek in me drinks that kind of stuff in, y’all.

Along with Louis and Elizabeth’s romance, the discontent in the colonies has nearly reached a boiling point and loyalties are becoming more dangerous, more defined, and more divided by the day. Peeking over Louis’ shoulder as he signs the document that will help Charles Town merchants protest Britain’s Tea Act is another of my favorite scenes in the book. The author well-captures the tension of the moment, the sobriety of Louis’ thoughts, the weight of the decision and its implications for the future.

Bottom Line: As with Hold Me Close, the dialogue sometimes sounds more like narrative and the narrative sometimes reads like a history textbook BUT the characters are so vivid and engaging that it was easy to overlook this issue of preference as I read. The emphasis on hope and on trusting God despite an uncertain future is timely for our world today just as much as it applied to the world in which Louis and Elizabeth lived. Fans of historical fiction will appreciate the author’s attention to detail, and after the mysterious note Louis receives I am even more so looking forward to the next book and learning what lies ahead for them in 1775.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author via Celebrate Lit Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 3.5 stars / Good, enjoyable read!

KissingBook Level: 2+ / Warm rosy delicious glow of sweetness 🙂

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about the author


Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close—Revolutionary Faith Book One. She enjoys the study of history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French 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, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Originally from Louisiana, she currently lives in Abilene with her husband.

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from the author

About ten years ago I stood in the front bedroom of my parent’s antebellum house listening to my father tell stories about his ancestors–my ancestors while waving around a silver candlestick–my eight times great-grandfather’s gift to his bride. A story was born and I was off to Charleston, S.C.

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To celebrate hertour, Marguerite is giving away a print copy of Hold Me Close and Surround Me, a print copy of A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, a $10 Amazon Card, and a Yorkshire Gold Box of Tea! Enter via the Promosimple form below. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway!

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20 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!: Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray”

  1. Rebecca Maney

    I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, and it certainly left me “treading water”, as the hero literally sails away into the sunset.

    I have several pieces of my great grandmother’s jewelry, my favorite is a gorgeous watch/locket on a chain engraved with her initials which just happen to be mine as well.

  2. Andrea Stephens

    Nice review Carrie! I think I’d like to read this historical, I added it to my wishlist!


    Thank you for the wonderful review,Carrie, I appreciate learning about Marguerite’s books !

  4. JJ

    My house is over run w/heirlooms. I’m doing my best to give them away to younger family member w/the associated history, but it is difficult because I have few downline relatives to give them too, and most of them aren’t interested.

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