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The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him es ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 2019)
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Jocelyn Green
Oct 24, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm not going to "review" my own book but I will just say this novel is unlike any other I've written to date. It took some bravery and courage to take the story where I did, and I'm hoping it resonates with the people this book was meant to touch. You may notice feathers on the book cover--may this story give you wings to fly. ...more
Staci
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart feels like it's been drug across rocks between two shores. It's hurting for a number of reasons...squandered relationships, hungry people, orphaned children, widows, love lost and so much more.

Among the backdrop of the Seven Years' War is Catherine Duval, the daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father. She is torn between a desire to live with the People and her father who has no one else after he divorces.

This novel includes a great deal of beautiful imagery and symbolism. So many o
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Beth
What a poignant, heart-stirring book. Words are always hardest to find for the stories that I love most. Catherine Duval is such an inspiring character, both for her admirable qualities, but even more so for her flaws. As one that has moved easily between the worlds of her French father and her Mohawk mother, Catherine seeks the peace that comes with remaining neutral. However, neutrality is becoming a dangerous place to be on both shores, so she must decide what is more important - choosing a s ...more
Deanne Patterson
From the very first book I read by Jocelyn Green I was impressed and just when you think she couldn't possibly top her other books, she amazingly does!
Once I started I just couldn't put it down, reading 75% the first day!
I am always so impressed with the research she puts into her books to make them accurate and this is one of the reasons I love historical fiction, what I can learn from it.
The book drew me into it's depths and I really felt as though I was there with these amazing characters. Ca
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Sarah Grace Grzy
2.5 stars.

This book was my most anticipated 2019 release. Green has quickly become my favorite historical fiction author, so I was greatly looking forward to reading Between Two Shores.

Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. The cover is honestly the best thing about this book.

I loved the rich, complex plots in the previous Jocelyn Green books I have read, so I had high hopes for this one. But to be honest, this book really didn't feel like it had a plot for the first three-quarters of it. The
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Sarah Sundin
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Between Two Shores, Jocelyn Green brings to life the perilous times of the French & Indian War in Canada. Lush descriptions and compelling characters make reading this story a rich experience. Along the way, Catherine faces truths about herself and the Lord that resonated with me. Don’t miss this story!
Susan
A must read for historical fiction fans.

Through vivid prose and rich historical detail, Jocelyn Green proves once again that she is a master storyteller. Through a strong heroine and supporting cast, Green allows the reader to experience the turmoil and hardship experienced by the Canadian settlers and native Indians during the seven years of the French and Indian War. In Catherine Stands-Apart, we have a strong yet vulnerable heroine who is searching for a place to belong. The image of standin
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Susie Finkbeiner
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read every single one of Jocelyn Green's novels and I speak with authority when I say that Between Two Shores is her finest work. Her story is compelling as usual, her characters well developed and authentic, her research done with the utmost integrity, the prose laced with beautiful imagery.

But there was something about this story that sets it apart, brings it to another level in Green's work. There was a certain poetry to this story that caused me to pause and reread sentences, closing
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Stephenia McGee
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With emotional depth, layered characters, and an adventure that sweeps you away, Between Two Shores delivers it all. Green once again transports the reader to an intricately constructed era, her attention to historical details adding authenticity to her dynamic settings. Historical Fiction lovers won’t want to miss this riveting tale of courage, faith, and a woman who discovers that what makes her stand apart could also bridge the divides in her country, her home, and her heart.
sydney elaine
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
truthfully, if the writing had not been as rich and immersive as it was, I would have stopped reading it. I don't usually enjoy reading sad or intense fiction. I read fiction to escape, and that generally includes the fluffy romances and the idealized past (however unrealistic they may be😉).
however, this may be the one exception to my rule. it was hard to read at times. the descriptions were incredible and realistic, it really pulled you into the story and made you feel as though you were there.
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book is rich in detail. I was taken on a journey to a time in history that I was not familiar with. The author did a wonderful job of describing the differences in the culture of the British/Mohawk/French/Canadian conflict. I LOVED how she was able to explain the customs and why they reacted differently to situations.

This book is not what I expected. For some reason, I thought it was a romance, but it is not. Love is a central part of the book and the different ways to care about another. C
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Cheryl Barker
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing read from author Jocelyn Green. What can I say—she writes the kind of meaty historical fiction with real depth that I absolutely love to read. And once again she’s shed light on slices of history I knew nothing to little about. For instance, I’d never heard how British captives were ransomed from native peoples by French colonists, and I loved hearing how some women of that time (like Catherine) were involved in fur trading and transport of goods. What an example of strength and ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything and nothing that I anticipated. I’ve come to expect great stories and beautiful writing from Jocelyn Green and she delivered, but she also gave me such a wonderful surprise along the way. This book veers away from the pattern of its genre and was all the more beloved for that reason.

Catherine-Stands-Apart was a character that I could root for. She experiences many of the same struggles that people still face today. Pleasing others to the detriment of yourself, the heart
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Erin
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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And now for something completely different… That's what I thought on picking up Jocelyn Green’s Between Two Shores. I’d not read the author before, but it’d been a minute since I’d tackled anything set during the French and Indian War and I was giddy at the possibilities.

The novel incorporates some great historical subject matter, the experiences of captives taken by Native American tribes are more than noteworthy, but I was
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Emilee
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cathy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Jocelyn Green always writes the best, most meaty and historically accurate fiction out there. She's an automatic read for me based on name alone. ...more
Rebecca
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"If I've learned anything from you, it's that life is about far more than equal exchange."

Managing her father's trading post along the St. Lawrence River, Catherine Duval is accustomed to making smart decisions; her bi-racial heritage as the daughter of a Mohawk Indian and a French trapper granting her distinct advantages and disadvantages as a business woman. While the French and Indian War ravages the countryside near her Montreal, Quebec home, Catherine has managed to remain as neutral as po
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Lucy
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you enjoy something you savor it and this is a book that you will want to savor and digest. It seeps into you and when you lay it down you will continue to reflect on the characters. Jocelyn Green is a consummate author and her novels are so thoroughly researched that you come away with a history lesson without even realizing it. This book draws you in and you become so entangled in the characters that you feel like you are experiencing their lives. The words are so rich that you can see, t ...more
Kav
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a Canadian I have to admit to being thrilled over a novel set during a pivotal time in my country's history. Brings me back to my junior high school studies and helps me make sense of the complicated cultural clash that still affects my country today. And I had a literary flashback to a novel study we did on The Plains of Abraham by Brian Connell. So reading Between Two Shores held more than a hint of nostalgia for me.

It's a tough read, though. You can't pretty up the brutality of war and the
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Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
It's been some time since I read a Jocelyn Green novel, and let me tell you this....it was so refreshing to get back to her books. This book, filled with beautiful historical detail, took me on a journey to Montreal, and kept me hooked until the last page was reached. 

Catherine, Samuel, Bright Star, and the amazing characters truly became a part of my soul. I loved following them on their journey. The rich detail of the French and Indian War was depicted beautifully. It came to life for me, maki
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Rachael
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book with wonderful depth, terrific characters, amazingly accurate historical detail- these all combine to make a read that kept me awake till 2AM to get to the conclusion. One thing that I really loved about this book was that everything doesn’t necessarily turn out the way one might think, but that is life. God’s ways aren’t always ours, and sometimes he has a different path for us than what we wish. His way will be better.

I enjoyed the characters in this story, and one feels pulled into the
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Rachel McMillan
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly colourful narrative, Green proves once more that there is no genre or time period she cannot hold ransom with her distinctive ability.

Ambitious and bold, Between Two Shores employs the literary sensibilities of Lori Benton and the sweepingly epic tendencies of Laura Frantz. The Canadian wilderness in all of its elusive, craggy and harsh beauty is mined with grace and colour, surrendering itself as easy canvas to Green's adept prose.


This is a treatise on the many forms of love and
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Nancy
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catherine is torn between so much. Her father, her sister and brother, her country, war and the prospect of peace. Throw into the mix Samuel and there’s a deep beautiful story here. One of love but not the romantic typical type of story one usually expects. It’s a thought provoking one that is unpredictable on many levels. It is definitely a page turner and will keep your interest going page after page. Catherine is a complex character. This is definitely a keeper and one I want to re-read again ...more
Jaye Knight
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The 18th century is one of my favorite time periods so this book caught my interest as soon as I read the description. I can’t say the beginning grabbed me as much as I would have liked. The abundance of backstory seemed to have quite a few areas of telling instead of showing that didn’t feel smooth to me, but overall it was a very interesting book. I reenact this time period, so I loved all the history. It wasn't the romance novel as I was expecting, but I am a hopeless romantic so that’s just ...more
Erin
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Catherine Duval is the daughter of a French father and Mohawk mother. Her Indian name is Stands-Apart, for she has always tried to straddle both worlds. Now in 1759, in the middle of what we know now as the French and Indian War, Catherine must take a side - and her actions may change the fate of a nation.

Near Montreal, Catherine and her father run a trading post. Because of Catherine’s connections she often uses Mohawk traders to smuggle goods into and out of New England, an advantage not share
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Paula Shreckhise
Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green is an epic tale set in Montreal, Quebec in 1759. It tells of Catherine Duval a half Mohawk, half French daughter of a trapper, Gabriel Duval. Other players include Catherine’s sister, Bright Star; brother, Joseph and two ransomed captives, Thankful and Samuel and several antagonists. It depicts the fighting between the French and British.

It is not a story for the faint of heart. It tells of Catherine caught between two worlds and vividly describes the hardshi
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Amy
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Cut this book in half, or even a quarter, and I think you have a much better story. It is too rambling. The use of flashbacks can be quite powerful and I get why the author uses them, but they mostly gave me whiplash. Present day...5 years ago...present day...10 years ago...5 years ago...present day...10 years ago. I didn't feel like I learned much about the characters that I didn't pick up from their current hostility. Oh, I suppose I learned that they were really good people, the kind who do n ...more
Clara
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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There’s a solemn tone throughout this book as we go back and forth in time and slowly unveiling the divide in which Catherine Stands-Alone lives.
She might believe she lives in neutrality, but deep down she knows that’s impossible. Will she do what she must or will she continue as she is, only to eventually truly find herself alone?

I want to come back and write some more, but first I must wrap my head around this story.

I agree this might be Jocelyn Green’s best so far. After reading such a book I
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Dawn
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read a couple of books by Jocelyn Green and I'm always amazed by the depths of the books. The settings just seem to spring to life. This one was no exception. Honestly, I wasn't in the mood to read something deep when I received it. But, I was soon drawn into the author's world. I was remind a lot of Laura Frantz's books while reading it because of how beautifully written it was.



I received a copy of the book from the publisher in order to share my thoughts and opinions. I was not asked to
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Sarita
This was fascinating, though quite on the heavy side with all the details and emotions included within these pages. The beginning was very slow going, trying to take in all the details and characters. There was also a lot of descriptive detail with war injuries so sensitive readers might struggle with that.

The relationships Catherine had with all the characters were complex, hurting and the reconciliation journey beautiful. There was a twist I definitely did not expect which was surprising and c
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