About the Book
Book: Promise of Purity
Author: Marguerite Martin Gray
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release date: February 14, 2023
Is true purity found in the laws of religion or in the hearts of the faithful?
East Molesey, England, 1661—
With the return of the exiled king to his rightful throne, Kate Sinclair’s world of black and white now offers the hope of color. But where does color-loving Kate fit? In the bakery as the daughter of a Puritan or in the palace garden among God’s myriad hues? Certainly not within the palace walls of an immoral court with new friends.
Exiled with King Charles II on the continent, Peter Reresby claims unwavering support of his friend’s regained crown. While fighting for the monarchy against his family’s wishes, his sister disappears, and Peter is determined to find her.
When their opposing beliefs collide, Kate and Peter witness a true test of faith in the ability of mankind to shed the past in order to preserve the future… and perhaps learn that the “greatest of these” truly is love.
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Promise of Purity by Marguerite Martin Gray is a work of Christian Historical fiction. Any time I pick up a work by Marguerite Martin Gray, I know I am going to be reading a book filled with rich historical references, amazing characters, and excellent storylines. This book takes place in 1661 in England.
As a wife of an amazing gardener and someone who really wants to have robust herb, flower, and vegetable gardens, I loved those aspects of this book and reading about Kate Sinclair. The author does an excellent job developing the various facets of her life, including being the daughter of a Puritan, working in her family’s bakery, and working in gardens. I loved seeing how she relied on her faith.
Peter Reresby finds himself exiled with King Charles II. He fights for the monarchy against his family’s wishes. When he approaches Kate’s father about supporting the king, his path collides with Kate’s. He provides opportunities for her that her father is not thrilled with because of the king’s court and his antics.
The characters and storyline keep this book moving along in a way that keeps me interested. I found myself unable to put it down. The inclusion of the disappearance of Peter’s sister adds another excellent dimension to this story.
So if you enjoy works of Christian historical fiction, check out this story for yourself. I definitely recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
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. Besides researching her historical novels, she enjoys studying 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, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband and Cleo, her cat. Her two adult children keep her up to date and young. Follow Marguerite at http://margueritemartingray.com.
More from Marguerite
Hello from north Louisiana. I am so happy to be here with you. When I am not writing, you will most likely find me outside in my garden, reading on the deck or front porch, or hiking/walking in the woods and parks. I love the outdoors, although I am not the athletic sports type, more like a nature lover. That is one reason I have enjoyed writing the novels for Gardens in Time.
When I was a preteen, I had the awesome privilege of residing in England outside of Liverpool while my father pursued an advanced degree in architecture. For a few years, I had the gardens of Britain and Europe as my playground. My sisters and I made up games on the lawns and in the gardens of the estates—supervised, of course. Hide-and-seek in castle ruins or tag in rose gardens or getting lost in mazes proved great entertainment. Hampton Court Palace Gardens was one of those majestic places.
Promise of Purity is set at Hampton Court Palace in 1661 during the return of Charles II from exile. Kate is a Puritan waiting for color to fill her life after a dismal rule under Cromwell. I visited Hampton Court again in June 2022. I wandered in the rose gardens and marveled at the herb plots. Wildflowers existed between the manicured plots of lilies. I strolled through the Privy Garden that my character Kate brings back to life. Walking in my characters’ footsteps energizes me as I present them to you, the reader.
Enjoy the journey through Hampton Court Gardens.
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Thank you so much, Patti! Your words light my day. This was a fun one to research and plot. I love gardens–all styles. My mom is a Master Gardener–I am not! Blessings!