Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hold me Close by Marguerite Martin Gray

About the Book



Louis Lestarjette, a Frenchman, arrives in Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1772 without purpose or plans. He encounters a society on the brink of revolution and is forced to make decisions that include finding meaning and direction in his carefree life. Who can he trust in his endeavors to prosper? Will he be able to stay neutral in a battle for independence? When decisive events confront him, will he stay or leave? Running from God and commitment is a constant option.
Elizabeth Elliott, daughter of a prominent British citizen, believes God will hold her close in uncertain and changing times. Faced with making difficult decisions about her loyalties, she finds comfort in close friends, a devout sister, and her music. When the mysterious Frenchman with no commitment to God or Charles Town enters her life, her role in the political battle is challenged. Can she trust her heart in volatile situations?
Set in pre-revolution Charles Town, Hold Me Close takes the reader into the lives of immigrants, ordinary citizens, and prominent historical figures at a time in which decisions are made that will change the world.
MY THOUGHTS

I thought this was a great read!!! I enjoyed meeting new characters and I loved the setting in which this story took place. 
Charles Town is struggling to become independent from the British. 
I liked how Louis wanted to feel neutral but he soon realized that it was next to impossible. Lizzy is struggling with emotions of her own. 
I can't imagine living in those times but I think if it weren't for those men fighting for our independence from the British we might have been totally different than what we are today. I admire these characters because they also know that God is in their struggles with them. 
I liked this book for many reasons. I believe the title of the book means that the ppl of the times held God close to their hearts as well as a budding romance is becoming apparent. 
I strongly recommend this book and I would reread it in the near future 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review 
Thank you for letting me read and review.
Marguerite will be a new author for me to look forward to reading. I do so hope there will be a sequel to this book.

About the Author


Marguerite Martin Gray enjoys the study of history, especially when combined with fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Recently, she received a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. She has two grown children and currently lives with her husband and Cleo, her cat, in Abilene, Texas.




Guest Post from Marguerite Gray




I’m very happy to be a part of Celebrate Lit! Thank you for the opportunity to present my book Hold Me Close and to share a little about my journey. It has been a journey of faith, a very exciting one for me. Hold Me Close is Book One in the Revolutionary Faith series. The book’s journey is my journey.

Six years ago I finally put on paper some of the stories forming and rambling in my imagination. My grown children left me some time to let God lead me into a writing career, well part-time. My husband and I decided I could work part-time and write part-time. During this period I wrote six novels. The next part of the trek took me to American Christion Fiction Writers (ACFW). I joined and have been an active student for six years. I attended three conferences and loved every minute, even the harsh criticism and “helpful” words of encouragement. Also, I became a contributing member of several critique groups within the organization. Needless to say, Hold Me Close went through many changes before it was published. My growth in faith expanded as much as my book. I thank all who had a role in the needed transformation.
I went back to work full-time after a three year sabbatical and pondered over the future of my novels. Where did God want the books to find a home? Or did they remain my little hobby? The journey was not over for Hold Me Close. The book was published by Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan in December 2015.
Quickly, I landed far outside my comfort zone in a world of social media and personal appearances. Even though I am a teacher and stand in front of 120 students every day, there is something intimidating about audiences of professionals and my peers. Rotary Clubs, Book Clubs, Writers’ Guilds, Church Groups! What a journey….and it hasn’t stopped.
My tagline is “Entertain. Educate. Encourage.” I entertain through fiction. I educate through the historical genre. I encourage through faith journeys of my characters. It’s exciting and I hope you will enjoy the journey as much as I have.

Facebook Party



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Blog Stops



June 20: Proverbial Reads
June 21: Lane Hill House
June 23: A Northern Belle
June 27: Big Reader Site
June 28: Splashes of Joy
June 28: Mary Hake
June 29: Pause for Tales

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away a fun themed prize basket! Click to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9cc8


2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Lori! Yes, this is the first book of four in the Revolutionary Faith Series. The next one Surround Me will be released in early October, 2016.

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  2. I bought the book and can't wait to read it! Great interview!!

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