Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review of Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

About the Book ~ 

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-fiance, 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.

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My Thoughts ~

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green is a surprising and compelling tale!

The author brought this period in history to life! I confess that I knew very little about the Seven Years' War, but the research and attention to detail that went into Between Two Shores is astounding. The author skillfully handled each side of the conflict, showing the ugly truth and heartache of ALL the people with sensitivity and understanding.Sensitive readers, please be aware that there are some disturbing brutalities and deaths described. But given the time period and nature of the story, these things were not out of place. Additionally, abusive relationships are also woven into the novel. I applaud the author's sensitive handling of the lies that may keep someone in this situation, but I know that this may be a painful trigger to some readers.

Catherine was a unique and complex character! Her struggle with her personal identity between her warring heritages in addition to loving people who were labeled as "the enemy" was captured so well. The push and pull of where she should go, who she should help, how she should act, and who she was leaped off the page and landed in my heart! Each nugget of truth as Catherine finds herself is truly empowering! There wasn't a traditional romance in store for Catherine; rather, the author chose to go with an angle that illustrates loving someone and letting them go. While this made the story beautiful in its own way, it was still heartbreaking. Nevertheless, this also helped reinforce that this story was truly Catherine's journey from emotional chains to freedom as a unique child of God.

Three Stars ~ While the story wasn't really for me, Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green was a beautifully written and expertly crafted emotional journey with compelling truths! I look forward to trying some of the author's earlier stories.

Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

See you next time, and God bless you guys!!!


~V. Joy Palmer

V. Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

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