ABOUT THE BOOK:
The leisurely life Louis has intended does not include revolution.
Charles Town, South Carolina, 1772—Louis Lestarjette arrives from France without purpose or plans beyond reconnecting with family and making a profit. Finding the town questioning its alliances, Louis must make decisions about the direction in his life, even as he tries to avoid all political conflict. He wonders if he will be able to stay neutral in a battle for independence. When decisive events confront him, Louis finds himself torn between staying with the woman he loves or escaping the coming conflicts.
Elizabeth Elliott trusts that God will hold her close in uncertain and changing times. Faced with 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, he challenges her role in the political battle. She must decide what actions she can take for the cause if any at all.
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 an 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.
Hold Me Close takes place in Charles Town, South Carolina on the cusp of the Revolutionary War. At the start of the book, I found Louis, a Frenchman who has just arrived in South Carolina, to be arrogant and obsessed with obtaining wealth, but he gradually took on greater dimensions.
Elizabeth Elliot, on the other hand, delighted me from the start of the book. I could picture a young lady of her time causing her parents’ great distress by wanting to garden and do other tasks not suited to a young lady of her station. She demonstrates the characteristics and traits of a true Christian.
So if you like historical fiction set around the time of the Revolutionary War, check out Hold Me Close for yourself.