About the Book
Title: Bring Me Near
Author: Marguerite Martin Gray
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: February 25, 2019
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing
Louis Lestarjette enters a world of secrets and questionable actions for the Patriot cause.
Charles Town, South Carolina, 1775—Louis Lestarjette ventures beyond the confines of family life as patriotic duty compels him to enter the world of secrecy and clandestine maneuvers. When he leaves Charles Town for Philadelphia, he experiences first-hand the drastic demands of time and finances, and possibly his life. He must keep Elizabeth and his daughter safe while remaining faithful to this cause of liberty. One wrong decision might cost him all he has worked for over the last three years.
A new generation of children in Elizabeth Lestarjette’s life demands the successful and safe fulfillment of her role as a Patriot. She wonders if her husband understands her desire to do her part as an active Daughter of Liberty. Although Louis is willing to move the family to the country, the decision falls to Elizabeth regarding whether to remain in Charles Town or escape its borders.
It’s time to leave the safety of home and travel a road fraught with peril and strife. That’s where we find ourselves with Bring me Near. Louis still holds strong and true with his beliefs and his love of Elizabeth and Charles Town. While they are now married, there is no loss of romance, in fact, their love only grows as they love and cherish each other and their daughter.
If you thought loyalties were tested before, just wait until you immerse yourself into the world written within the pages of this book. Fact and fiction blend together into a perfectly balanced journey that will leave you yearning to step back in time. There is so much reality in the growth of the characters. Even as they second-guess themselves, you can see that they are headed toward a brighter future.
I love that this series has brought new life to a piece of history. It’s not just Louis and Elizabeth who you become enamored with. Almost against my will, I found myself insatiably curious as to the outcome of Charles Town as a whole and furious at those who dared to stand against Louis.
Oh, and Elizabeth and her wonderful friends are finally able to help out the cause. Not to mention learning how to protect their families should the men be called away. The scenes of the women learning to shoot were probably some of my favorite in the book. It brought stark reality in the knowledge that war was essentially imminent all while showing the strength of the women who would be left to protect themselves.
As always, I have a favorite quote: “In God’s strength, Son. Allow Him to bring you near enough that you can feel His strength. This is the only way.”
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About the Author
Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, and Bring Me Near– Revolutionary Faith Books One, Two and Three. She enjoys studying history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches high school Spanish 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, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband.
More from Marguerite
I am very excited about the release of Bring Me Near. Thank you for joining me in its debut.
My writing journey began with reading as a child in elementary school. I lived in England for a few years where I bought and read loads of books on horses, history, and mystery. While in that unique environment, my parents took us to explore castles, old houses, churches, and cemeteries. The love of history sprouted and grew (I blame it all on my father)!
My love of reading never diminished, but it continued to expand my world. I still devour books (much to my husband’s and my bookcases’ chagrin), mostly historical Christian fiction, though I have some favorite contemporary novels and authors
In my Revolutionary Faith Series, I combine my love of travel, research, history, and writing. I researched my family history originating in Charleston, South Carolina and walked in the footsteps of my 1770s ancestors (I even found my ancestors’ house for sale!) I asked questions about what they would have done during the American Revolution? What did they eat and wear? Were they fearful? Faithful? Courageous? Where did they worship?
My motto in writing is Entertain. Educate. Encourage. I entertain through the elements of fiction by making the characters in my imagination come alive on the page. I educate by presenting an historical period and event after countless hours of research. I encourage by giving a Christian world view where the characters grow and develop through their challenges.
Please join me on this journey by following me at www.margueritemartingray.blog.