Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green- a Book Review

About the Book:

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764219081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764219085

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?

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Two-Shores-Jocelyn-Green/dp/0764219081/

My Thoughts:

Jocelyn Green is a new-to-me author. Between Two Shores is my first read by this author. I’ve wanted to read one of her books ever since A Refuge Assured released and I finally took the opportunity. I’m so glad I did.

Between Two Shores is an in-depth look at the “Seven Years War” or better known in America as part of the “French and Indian War.” I knew little about this war before I began the story and I learned so much along the way. This book took a different approach to the historical time-period, by giving us a look at it through, not the British, but a woman born of a Frenchman and a Mohawk woman. It gives us the story of a young woman caught between two worlds and struggling to find her place in either.

I was touched by the spiritual message of Between Two Shores, taken from the passage in Isaiah 43:1-2 (KJV), “But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

I loved the character arc as Catherine Stands-Apart discovers where she belongs and to Whom she belongs. Her personal struggles will bring you to tears through the decisions she is forced to make and the burdens she is required to bear. This book is an adventure story, but it is slow of pace. It took me a while to absorb all of it.

Between Two Shores includes moments and descriptions that may not be for those who are squeamish or faint-of-heart. This book speaks of Indian warfare and war in general, which at times could be too much for those affected by this subject matter.

I was disappointed that Between Two Shores is not a romance. It is a full historical, in every sense of the word. I recommend this book for those who are looking for something without a romantic story-line. I also recommend those who love to pour themselves into history, as this book goes deep into the historical elements.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and was blessed by the story. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions 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.

The honors her books have received include the Christy Award in historical fiction, and gold medals 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, strawberry-rhubarb pie, 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 at jocelyngreen.com.

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