Sunday, December 11, 2016

Surround Me: A Review and a Giveaway

I recently reviewed the first book in the Revolutionary Faith series, Hold Me Close, so when this book became available on the Celebrate Lit book tour, I was quick to request a copy.  (I did receive a free copy in exchange for an honest review of this book).

In this sequel, we find Louis returning to Charlestown from a trip to France. The colony is still in upheaval as colonists choose sides. Elizabeth has pined for him the entire time he's been gone, but they are unsure of how her Father will react to their love.

Set among a time ripe with drama, this story finds the two main characters searching for what they truly believe and at times having to make difficult choices. The situations they face try their faith in God and in each other, and remind the reader about what it is like to be faced with difficult decisions and to fear the future. Both characters are nicely developed, believable, and provide the reader with tension throughout the novel. The author also does an awesome job of describing the pre-Revolutionary world. Her vivid writing allows the reader to imagine they were right in Louis's living room or the mercantile his uncle runs or in Elizabeth's family home. I would recommend this book if you enjoy romance or historical fiction.

About the Book:

Returning to Charles Town, Louis faces obstacles surrounding his engagement to Elizabeth and a city questioning its role in a volatile resistance to British rule.
As the dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend, Louis Lestarjette pursues his relationship with Elizabeth even as the emotion and physical struggles set the course for a life of changes. Will his commitment to God stay firm or will the tide of change cause fear and flight?
The chance of reconciliation with England moves further out to sea leaving Elizabeth Elliott on the shores of surrender to a greater challenge. Although others of unwavering courage give her strength, she must choose to allow God’s love to surround her. How can she enter into a marriage during a time of uncertainty? Will selfish, safer options take her away from Louis and his love?

About the Author:

Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close—Revolutionary Faith Book One. She enjoys the study of history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Abilene Writers Guild, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Originally from Louisiana, she currently lives in Abilene with her husband.

Guest Post from Marguerite Martin Gray

About ten years ago I stood in the front bedroom of my parent’s antebellum house listening to my father tell stories about his ancestors–my ancestors while waving around a silver candlestick–my eight times great-grandfather’s gift to his bride. A story was born and I was off to Charleston, S.C.

Blog Stops

December 2: A Reader’s Brain
December 3: Moments Dipped in Ink
December 4: Lane Hill House
December 4: Karen Sue Hadley
December 6: A Greater Yes
December 7: Proverbial Reads
December 10: Bigreadersite
December 10: Bibliophile Reviews
December 12: Pause for Tales
December 13: A Path of Joy

To celebrate their tour, Marguerite is giving away a print copy of Hold Me Close and Surround Me, a print copy of A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, a $10 Amazon Card, and a Yorkshire Gold Box of Tea! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway!


  1. Thank you so very much. I hope you have a great Sunday. Enjoy reading.

  2. Thanks for sharing this on your blog. Looks like a good one.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for sharing it!