Review: The Lady’s Refuge by Naomi Rawlings

What an interesting novel! I have not read any other stories set in France during the time period of the French Revolution. I thought the author did a very good job of showing the emotional impact on characters who were on two different sides of the revolution. It truly was the Terror.

I liked these two main characters and enjoyed watching as they began to fall for each other. Things really seemed hopeless to me, I will admit, and I wondered how Isabelle would ever keep from being discovered. I also wondered how the author would be able to happily wrap things up in a satisfying manner, yet she did! I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


*Previously published as Sanctuary for a Lady

Can two people in need of hope find it in the darkest of times?

Isabelle La Rouchecauld wants nothing more than to be safe. A revolution has torn her country apart, costing her not just her home, but also her family. Giving up on the hope she can ever be safe in her beloved France, she resolves to travel to England, but her aristocratic upbringing makes the journey dangerous. When soldiers discover her in the woods near the English Channel, she has little chance of survival.

Michel Belanger has every reason to hate aristocrats. They flaunted money and threw extravagant balls while people across France suffered and starved. But when he discovers an aristocratic woman left for dead in the woods, he finds himself torn. With the French Revolution raging, harboring someone from the aristocracy means danger for both himself and his ailing mother. But his conscience won’t let him leave the woman behind.

As Isabelle heals from her attack, she and Michel discover that though they come from clashing worlds, their differences are no match for the feelings growing between them. But the violence of the revolution lurks even in the scenic countryside, and soon Isabelle and Michel will need to decide how much they mean to each other, and how much they are willing to sacrifice for a future together…

An unforgettable story of redemption, faith, and the powerful strength of God’s love.

Purchase your own copy here.


Naomi Rawlings

Naomi Rawlings is the author of eleven historical Christian novels, including the reader-favorite Eagle Harbor Series. Her novels have been short-listed for three different publishing awards, and she enjoys writing uplifting books set in simpler times, but with real characters who work through the trials of their faith to find strength and love—both with each other, and in the arms of a kind God.

Naomi lives with her husband and three children in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, where they get an average of twenty-one feet of snow every winter. Even with the snow, she enjoys residing in the wilderness and raising her kids in an environment that lets them walk to the river to fish, explore the woods, and ride their bikes to Lake Superior. She also loves living an area where people still grow their own vegetables and cut down their own firewood—just like in the historical novels she writes.

You can connect with Naomi on her website and Facebook.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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1 Response to Review: The Lady’s Refuge by Naomi Rawlings

  1. This looks interesting!

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