Monday, December 12, 2016

Book review with a giveaway: Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray

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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?

My Review

Surround Me continues the story of Louis and Elizabeth in pre-Revolutionary War Charles Town, South Carolina that was begun in Hold Me Close.  Again, I loved the perspective of the era from the different locale, and it was exciting to have famous Americans from that time make an appearance in this story.  One thing I appreciated about both Louis and Elizabeth, was that along with strong and growing faith in God, they were able to surround themselves, in that uncertain time, with people who loved and supported them.  They also remained loving to those who were not of the same political persuasion as they. 

There were some very descriptive and detailed passages in this book that I loved, like of the house that they were preparing.  I did, however, have trouble reading some clunky dialogue, and I wished that time transitions and transitions from narrative to dialogue had been smoother.  However, I am looking forward to the continuation of Louis and Elizabeth's story, and I love that it is a story from the author's ancestry!  Other historical fiction readers will certainly appreciate that.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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 1: Reading Is My SuperPower
December 2: A Reader’s Brain
December 3: Moments Dipped in Ink
December 4: Lane Hill House
December 4: Karen Sue Hadley
December 5: A Simple Life, really?!
December 5: Through the Open Window
December 6: A Greater Yes
December 7: Proverbial Reads
December 8: Singing Librarian Books
December 9: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
December 10: Bigreadersite
December 10: Bibliophile Reviews
December 11: His Grace is Sufficient
December 12: Pause for Tales
December 12: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses
December 13: A Path of Joy
December 14: A Baker’s Perspective


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 for your review. Merry Christmas to all!

  2. Thank you for stopping by! Merry Christmas and God bless!