I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sanctuary for a Lady by Naomi Rawlings

Set in northern France, 1794, The shadow of The Guillotine falls over the characters in Naomi Rawlings’ Sanctuary for a Lady (available now from Love Inspired Historicals).

Isabelle de La Rouchecauld is on the run. An aristocrat, she’s hidden her identity and evaded French soldiers for years since her family was murdered by the revolutionaries who murdered members of France’s upper classes. Just before she can catch a ship to England, she’s attacked by Revolutionaries and left for dead. Injured and unable to go on, Isabelle has no choice but to remain with the farmer who found her, Michel, and his confused mother, even though they could be in grave danger for harboring a member of the aristocracy. Despondent over the loss of her family and intent to keep a promise, Isabelle has to get out of France…but the God she doesn’t quite believe in may have other plans for her.

Michel Belanger has no interest in farming. He hoped to be a furniture maker, but since his father’s death and brother’s disappearance, he has had no choice but to stay home and provide for his ill mother. When he stumbles across an unconscious female in his field, he naturally brings her home, unaware of the trouble she’ll bring. Michel isn’t a political man, he keeps his head down, yet suddenly, he’s hiding a fugitive! She’s foolish to think she can make it to England on her own, but the sooner she leaves, the safer he and his mother will be. Too bad his heart is already lost.

I enjoyed the setting and learned quite a bit about the French Revolution as I read. The details were woven into the story, however, and supported the plot points well. I also appreciated how the characters grappled with ethics, Christianity, and guilt as they progressed through the story. They are strong examples that sometimes the right thing to do isn’t the easiest.
Although it contains some thought-provoking themes and is set in a dark period of history, Sanctuary for a Lady is not a heavy read; it’s edifying, entertaining, and full of romance. I recommend it to fans of inspirational historical romance. 

I received a copy of this book for purposes of review. A positive review was neither expected nor promised.


Naomi Rawlings said...

Thanks for the review, Susanne! So glad you liked the novel!

Debra E. Marvin said...

Nice review Susie...of a great book!

Susanne Dietze said...

Thanks for coming by, Naomi! I enjoyed your book very much. Best wishes!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hey Deb! You wrote a fabulous review of this book. I hope we helped introduce Naomi to some readers...it's an entertaining novel.

Jessica Nelson said...

I just picked up mine from Walmart the other day. I can't wait to dig in!

Susanne Dietze said...

Enjoy the story, Jessica! And congratulations on your new release. I'm thoroughly enjoying it!