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The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval would rather remain neutral in a world tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the Seven Years' War against her wishes when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel claims he has information that could help end the war, and he asks Catherine to help him escape.

Peace appeals to Catherine, even if helping the man who broke her heart does not. But New France is starving, and she and her loved ones may not survive another winter of conflict-induced famine. When the dangers of war arrive on her doorstep, Cathering and Samuel flee by river toward the epicenter of the battle between England and France. She and Samuel may impact history, but she fears the ultimate cost will be higher than she can bear.

409 pages, Paperback

First published February 1, 2019

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Author 30 books1,231 followers
October 24, 2018
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.
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1,705 reviews518 followers
April 3, 2019
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 of thoughts rambling through my mind are spoilers. Between Two Shores is a beautifully written historical fiction novel.

My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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779 reviews317 followers
February 16, 2019
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 side may ultimately mean peace and survival for many, but the revelations that come along with it may mean discord, not peace, for her inner world.

What else to say about this beautiful book? The secondary characters, of which there are several, are layered and oh so human. Even the antagonists of the story have backgrounds and pasts, and in war, it's hard to know who the real enemy is when both sides are hurting. The details of the wilderness, trading posts, the grim realities of war, the tender relationships between sisters by blood and sisters by choice, these aspects all provide the reader with scenes that captivate and compel.

I think what I loved most about this book is that it is not a romance. Indeed, though the cover is beautiful, I wonder that it doesn't quite convey the gravity and complexity of this story. This is a discourse on what it means to be family, both the family that you're born into, and the family that circumstances choose for you. It's a testament to forgiveness and healing and doing the right thing to great personal detriment. It's about knowing when to lean in and when to finally walk away. And you may think that with all these lofty words I'm using that the story is dramatic, and at times, perhaps it is, but on the whole, it is nuanced, beautifully paced, and at times completely surprising. In my opinion, this is Green's best work to date.

Full of vivid imagery, rich historical details, and ultimately an abundance of hope and redemption, Between Two Shores is on my list of favorites for 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own, and I was not required to post a review, positive or otherwise.
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1,828 reviews87 followers
March 1, 2019
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. Catherine Duval is a half Mohawk, half French daughter of a trapper, Gabriel Duval. She is a very strong The author doesn't sugar coat things in the book the way it's described is the way people really lived back then. It takes place in Montreal, Quebec in 1759.
Catherine is caught between two worlds her Indian side and trying to please her French father.
It was refreshing to read a novel that didn't have romance in it that concentrated so much on historical detail instead.
I highly recommend this to all who enjoy historical fiction. Historical fiction readers will definitely have space on their bookshelves for this authors' books.
Published February 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers. I was provided with a complimentary copy. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

Profile Image for Sarah Grace Grzy.
629 reviews831 followers
February 25, 2019
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 first 45% was almost entirely backstory, and therefore the story took seemingly forever to get going. The ending was very sweet, and I was happy to see some reconciliation between certain characters. I also loved the themes of faith. The final few scenes were very powerful. Although I feel like they could have been far more impactful if spread throughout the book instead of hinted at here and there until the end.

The characters also felt rather flat to me. I didn't even like them, no less empathize with them until more than halfway through the book - and even then, I still didn't really like Samuel. I feel like Catherine had the potential to be a really fabulous character, but honestly, she just wasn't there. Also, the lack of romance - while not necessarily a bad thing, I suppose - really threw me, as I was expecting one until a plot twist about 65% through the book.

Overall, I think this had the potential to be a really amazing piece of fiction. But unfortunately, it just didn't hit the mark for me.

FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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410 reviews87 followers
April 9, 2023
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 happy endings (however unrealistic they may be😉).
Don't get me wrong, this is a good book. It was hard to read at times; the frontier was not an easy place to live. The descriptions were incredible and realistic, it really pulled you into the story and made you feel as though you were there. The characters were wonderfully diverse and felt as though they truly had lived off the pages. However I did not like how it ended. The direction of the story made it feel like it was going one way, then it didn't. You're teased with flashbacks only to have nothing come of it except make you sad. The ending was satisfactory, but not the HEA I was hoping for.
All that being said; if this book sounds like something you would enjoy I encourage you to read it.
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476 reviews94 followers
February 12, 2022
I finished this book last night but it emotionally wrecked me and I had take several hours to digest it. I cheated, the suspense got the better of me! I read the last chapter and the epilogue to see how it would end and because of a plot twist I wished I hadn't! But I just HAD to continue reading the story to see how it would all play out. The author did a fabulous job writing the history, the characters and the setting! The plot was also VERY WELL DONE. That being said I did not like the way Samuel's character did what he did. I understand it BUT in that time period I would think, an engagement to marry was binding and I feel like he should have honored that promise first off. I understand all the many reasons he did not honor it but I just had trouble accepting it but isn't that the makings of a five star book, One that makes you ponder and digress? This is "Historical" fiction. I learned a lot about the war and region. The violence is very graphic but it felt appropriate to the story line and not just added to draw a reaction. I have read The Mark of the King, A Refuge Assured and Between Two Shores and this one is my favorite.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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Author 19 books2,769 followers
March 21, 2019
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!
Profile Image for Susan.
540 reviews54 followers
January 9, 2019
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 standing apart is both literal and figurative. She is caught between the heritage of both parents, her mother a Mohawk while her father was a French-Canadian. In her search to belong, she needs to discern which side of the conflict will benefit her family and people the most. This is not only a story of a physical journey but a spiritual one of as well. Through descriptive prose, I was able to empathize with Catherine's anger, sorrow and pain as she struggled to find her place among family and her Creator.

A couple of my favorite quotes:

" Here in this creek. behind a black cavern shaped by water, she would shed the burden of others' expectations. She would be the river that set its own course and not the rock hollowed out by continual force. A river that flowed between nations and did not heed a man-made war."

" God was not to be bargained with. She had nothing to entice Him, for she possessed nothing He needed. Yet He loved her, and that was what she cling to....If she could not bend God's will to hers, could she possible bow to His?"

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Author 12 books683 followers
November 11, 2018
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 my eyes to really absorb the music of her prose. The protagonist possessed a complexity that endeared me to her, causing me to find myself praying for her to be okay. The relationships between the characters were complexed, nuanced, and absolutely true.

I have always loved Green's work. It's exciting to see her continue to get better and better with each new novel.

Full disclosure: Bethany House Publishers sent me an advanced reader's copy of this book because they know I'm a major Jocelyn Green fan and because they're kind. I promised them nothing in return. I write this review because I really loved the book. That is all.
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Author 26 books620 followers
January 4, 2019
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.
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2,196 reviews171 followers
June 14, 2019
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. Catherine comes to a better understanding of her part in the love of the people she cares about.

I could picture myself there with the characters. Jocelyn Green paints a picture that I could visualize. I don't get that experience with many books that I read.

I give this book a solid recommendation. There is war violence, but it is not described in detail. It also alludes to torture and the taking of scalps.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Author 1 book93 followers
May 29, 2019
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 bravery. To top it off, the themes of the book are powerful – and as always, Jocelyn Green’s writing is masterful and the research impeccable. Another winner for sure. Highly recommend.
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138 reviews
February 1, 2019
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 heartache that can come with love and acting for the greater good. The motivations that drive her felt east to relate to. I understood her reactions to the world around her and the actions of others. As a woman of the fur trade she was afforded greater independence without sacrificing historical accuracy and that was a selling point for me. Nothing takes me out of a story faster than modern thoughts or actions imposed on a historical situation.

Relationships between women, and especially sisters can be some of the most complicated. This book placed great importance on this, and watching the bonds between Catherine, Bright Star and Thankful grow and change was a pleasure. No one develops more than Catherine though as she experiences love in all its different forms. The love of siblings, love for a parent, romantic love, loving oneself and most importantly God’s love.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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920 reviews589 followers
January 10, 2019
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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 transfixed by Green’s depiction of the fur trade’s female practitioners. This little-known chapter was entirely new to me and I love how it afforded Green the opportunity to explore authentic feminine fortitude without inventing an anachronistic exception to eighteen-century norms.

The novel affords great insight into the lives of Quebec’s French colonists and I found the atmospheric details quite comprehensive. I also liked the cross-cultural notes Green was able to explore by virtue of Catherine’s unique heritage and complex emotional relationships.

The religious themes of the novel are moderate, but I felt they paired nicely with Catherine’s struggle to identify both her place and individual purpose. Green plays with ideas of guilt, familial obligation, and personal happiness and while I’m not particularly religious, I found the material compelling and intensely creative.
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1,103 reviews56 followers
March 11, 2019
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.
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61 reviews4 followers
February 26, 2023
I am so disappointed in this book. I was absolutely captivated throughout most of it, but the end completely demolished my developing love of the story because of the way that it ended.

My dislike for the story had nothing to do with the writing or the historical detail. I loved that part; it's why I enjoy Jocelyn's writing. She's an excellent author. Yes, her content can be heavy most of the time, but always well written.
My issue with this tragic story is that it was simply that - a tragic story, with a tragic ending that you were very much lead to believe would be happy due to the obvious romance between the main characters. As a reader, it's what you need after 'going through' all the heavy and depressing details of the story.

I read for enjoyment and look forward to (at least) a happy ending - and in this instance, even more so, amidst the disturbing scalping, death, abandonment, etc. that occurred throughout Between Two Shores.

I'm so disappointed and feel like Jocelyn could've done so much better with this ending. I feel like I was being led on and had the rug pulled out from beneath me. I don't know if I can or want to trust this author anymore. I could've read a history book if I wanted only depressing depictions of that time period with no hope of happiness. I honestly wouldn't have read it at all if I knew it was going to be this way......readers be warned 😔
With all the historical detail and heaviness, I could've read a non-fiction book about this time period and not expect anything more. I feel like I wasted my time reading this. Though 'Romance' is listed under genre, it is clearly not.
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1,851 reviews97 followers
January 31, 2019
"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 possible in order to trade on both sides of the contentious battle for control of the region. Suddenly everything changes, nothing stays the same.

When Samuel Crane, the one man who managed to conquer Catherine's seemingly impenetrable affections, suddenly re-appears in her life, he brings the raging conflict to her doorstep with an uncompromising request. Now, not only does Catherine have to straddle two geographic shores, her heart appears destined to travel the same path.

Stunning is the only possible way to describe the lovely literacy of prose that Jocelyn Green brings to this story; showcasing her ability to write vivid descriptions amidst finely tooled historical references; introducing complex characters whose heartstrings every reader will long to play.

"Creator God, create in me a clean heart, one that shows loyalties to You above armies and empires and allies.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
Profile Image for Lucy.
912 reviews57 followers
January 30, 2019
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, taste, and feel the anguish of hunger, war, and separation of those you hold dear. I loved how faith is woven throughout and how forgiveness and restoration complete the picture of a masterpiece. This book is a like a beautiful sonata that you listen to with your eyes closed, as you are mesmerized by the beauty of it. Definitely will be on my top ten list for 2019.
I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
2,908 reviews1,727 followers
April 23, 2019
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 senseless compulsion to conquer land and people. Catherine is at the heart of it all, battling her own private wars at the same time. Green's impeccable research brings it all to a crescendo of desperation and longing and heartache. It's both appalling and riveting and definitely unsettling.

Love that women are at the heart of this story. Catherine, of course, caught between two cultures, her sister Bright Star and indentured servant/friend Thankful. It boggles my mind to think history is full of heroines like these -- women of strength and resilience who made their way in a world turned upside down by the greed of unscrupulous men.

A compelling novel of courage and faith and the peace that comes from finding a place to belong.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
January 30, 2019
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, making me feel a part of Catherine and Samuel's lives. 

If you love history, hope, longing and mercy, then grab this book up. It's tenderly written, and will wrap you up as you read through these pages. As a reader, the emotions will flow through you the further into the story that you get. I highly recommend this with 4 stars and two thumbs up. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
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636 reviews
January 31, 2019
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 time and place by the terrific historical detail. With all the treasures this book holds, I had to give it my rare five stars. You should get your hands on this read! It’s a beautifully written historical novel that just is meant to be read and savored!

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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Author 25 books1,058 followers
February 6, 2019
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 resilience. It takes the CBA historical tropes and turns them on their ear. A fascinating and dimensional character, Catherine is the stronghold of a plot at times treacherous and hopeful. A magnificent feat, Green has (yet again) carved herself a place as one of the most dimensional, surprising and worthy wordsmiths in the inspirational industry.

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353 reviews26 followers
February 20, 2019
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. This period of time isn’t one I’ve read much about or the area. So I like that it was an original idea as well. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Author 11 books549 followers
February 24, 2019
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 my preference. If you like fiction that really immerses you in history, then I definitely recommend Between Two Shores.
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Author 2 books32 followers
April 26, 2023
I heartily enjoyed this! It definitely deserves 5 stars for its wonderfully woven story, however... it was so far my least favorite of her books just based on personal preferences for how the story unfolded, so, I will say that. But still, an awesome read!
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933 reviews20 followers
February 23, 2019
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 shared by many around them. People are starving all throughout New France as the war has taken away all the able-bodied men.

The return of Samuel Crane, now a ransomed British captive but formerly Catherine’s fiance, drastically changes things. Samuel insists he has information that can turn the tides of the war, though he needs Catherine’s help in getting to Quebec, and she may not be willing to give it. Choosing to help Samuel would mean potentially losing everything if she is caught and branded a traitor, but at the same time it might actually help her country if they can bring an end to the conflict.

This book is as deep and wide as the St. Lawrence river, which the story often revolves around. To tell you much about the plot would give away the secrets locked within. Jocelyn Green always presents the reality of historical life - the tragedies may outnumber the triumphs by far, but there is still joy to be found. There’s no fluff here, and the story itself takes a while to launch due to backstory needing to be covered, yet within the pages a lot of beauty can be found as characters draw strength from the Creator God while facing incredible hardship.

My favorite quote from the book came from Chapter 30. Catherine has been asked who she is now after all that has transpired in the previous pages. She responds: “[We’re] two people trying to bring order from chaos, yet held steadfast by a God who loved us before we loved Him.” I don’t know about you, but as someone who is currently going through some uncertain waters, there’s great peace in knowing we are held by God’s love.

I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own.

This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org
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213 reviews4 followers
March 1, 2019
This novel is rich in historical detail from page one. I knew almost nothing about the physical or political landscape of 1700s Canada. The way that Jocelyn Green described it, I could picture many things down to specific detail. This is definitely a strength of this novel. Even the fictional characters could fit right into the pages of history.
As far as the plot of the story, it is also quite intense as the characters face very difficult choices and situations, quite like real life. I would definitely characterize this novel as realistic historical fiction. In real life, things don't always come together and work out like you might wish they would. Each character had to work through some emotional trauma and wounds that in some cases led to taking a difficult path, risking their hearts and lives. There is also an aspect of this novel that involves physical and emotional abuse, which I found somewhat disturbing at times, particularly in the way that Catherine's father treated her. His manipulation and abuse led her to stay with him and make excuses for his behavior. This also carried over to the romantic relationship she had with Samuel. He also manipulated Catherine to accomplish the mission he was passionate about. Even though Samuel had good intentions overall, he was not completely honest with Catherine.
I certainly credit the author with a well-written novel. The spiritual journey the characters take is engaging without having the "preachy" feel that many readers dislike. I appreciated the historical detail, however {**slight spoiler alert** } I was frustrated with the way that Samuel treated Catherine. This novel is not one that I would consider romantic. I went into it thinking that there would be romantic tension between the two main characters. When they had a few moments together that gave me those butterflies, I later felt a bit cheated when things were not as they seemed. One may consider this a love story as the characters, especially Catherine, learn to love who they are and who God created them to be, but the romantic love story isn't there. To be honest, that was kind of a bummer.

**I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in order to give an honest review, which I did.**
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1,110 reviews84 followers
February 5, 2019
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 hardships of war. Catherine has conflicting emotions ever since she left her half brother and sister to go live with her father at his trading post. Will aiding one side or the other help put an end to the war?

Jocelyn Green brings to life the struggle of diverse characters during the French and Indian War. The research is impeccable, revealing such customs as Indians capturing English as substitutes for relatives who had died and how such captives were ransomed. This illustrates the spiritual truth that Jesus has ransomed all of us. I was especially touched by the waterfall scene near the end with Catherine, Bright Star and Thankful. It paralleled baptism and washing away hurts granting forgiveness.

With Ms. Green’s beautiful descriptions and exemplary prose, it was easy to get caught up in the story. It seemed very real. The deep spiritual lessons permeated the book. I could feel Catherine’s inner turmoil as she tried to please her father and put aside her own wants and needs for the good of others in many situations. The story showed the hardships and sacrifices of the times. You could see how the characters matured both in their walk with God and their interaction with those close to them.

I recommend this book for those who love Historical Christian Fiction and appreciate exceptional writing.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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October 18, 2019
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 no wrong and just want to follow Jesus, but I'm not sure it was worth it.
The conclusion, however, was amazing. I was fairly ambivalent about the characters and even I felt the emotional jerk. It wasn't forced or played up for drama. (Well, maybe a little. But not distractingly so.) It felt as raw and real and genuine.
The happily ever after is not what you would expect at all. Five stars for the gutsy way the author handles the romance. But then negative two stars because I never connected with the characters or the writing.
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