Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray

About the Book

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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

image5-jpgMarguerite 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.

My Review:

Surround Me, while not my favorite book, was an enjoyable read. It is well written with likable, but realistic characters who are fighting against insurmountable odds due to the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. Marguerite Martin Gray did an amazing job of sticking close to historical facts and making you feel like you were walking right next to Louise and Elizabeth in South Carolina back when it was just a territory. Their love is true and tested amidst difficulty and their faith in God is strong.

The only reason I say that this book was not my personal favorite is because I am not a history buff. While I enjoy reading historical fiction, contemporary fiction is my preference. For me, parts of this book seemed slow, but I recognize that this would not be a problem for someone who loves historical fiction, more than I do.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction, especially if you enjoy reading about the time period of the Revolutionary War. I would give this book four stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book to read and review for Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest and fair review.

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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!


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