My Review: Hope shines against the backdrop of the bloody French Revolution.
Isabelle de La Rouchecauld flees Paris in hopes of escaping the indescribable war of terror being waged on the aristocrats amidst the turmoil of the French Revolution.
After being severely beaten by a group of soldiers, Isabelle is taken in by a handsome farmer, named Michel Belanger.
But when the threat of the Revolution draws nearer, will they be willing to sacrifice the past, in exchange for a chance at brighter future...together?
I loved how Sanctuary for a Lady captured the genuine fear and situation of that time period for those of the aristocracy. This book gave me a window into the French Revolution without the typical gore that we typically relate to the terrible events of the revolution.
In this story I saw glimpses of the Good Samaritan, in the form of the handsome farmer, Michel, who was something of a brooding hero with a heart of gold. And when Michel and Isabelle were together, sparks flew! Both of the main characters where so well developed. Isabelle with her stubborn determination, yet her sense of guilt over past events, made her a compelling character that was complex, yet easy for the reader understand. With both Michel and Isabelle, I think what made them so real and relatable, was how it was easy to see how where they both had been in the past translated into the present.
The one thing that I think was just plain fantastic about this book was how hard questions, like, how bad things can happen to normal people, were answered in a simple, straightforward, easy-to-understand way that was not preachy in the least! Not only is this a wonderful romance, but it also has a strong Biblical foundation.
Overall this is a terrific debut from author Naomi Rawlings, I found myself staying up late into the we hours just so I could find out what would happen next. This book has it all, strong characters, wonderful plot, firm Biblical foundation, and an amazing historical setting and feel. Oh, and let's not forget the the romantic tension! Overall a great book that shows another side of the French Revolution.
Thanks to the author from whom I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!