Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?
Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.
This book was fantastic from start to finish! The descriptions are vivid and raw and really make you feel like you are there an experiencing this world with the characters. I was on edge while reading most of this book. There is so much tension due to opposing political views and also Vivienne must be careful who she trusts because of her past. I loved Vivienne’s character and her resiliency after her world is turned upside down. Liam and Vivienne’s relationship was another reason I loved this book. Their relationship went through various natural stages which made it believable, and kept me holding out hope that these two would have a future together someday. I was completely engrossed in this story, captivated by the very first pages. The writing is just so good. This is the kind of book I think of when I think of really great Historical Fiction. No spoilers, but the end of this book was a little mind blowing in the good kind of way. I love it when a book is able to surprise me as a reader. That is when you know it was good! I definitely recommend reading this book! It hits so elements that a good Historical Fiction should! Rich, captivating, tense and tragic, with danger and a bit of romance. Just excellent!
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*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.