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Sunday, January 27, 2019



Battles rage in Elizabeth Elliot’s heart as the threat of war invades her hometown.

Charles Town, South Carolina, 1773—The dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend as Louis Lestarjette makes a permanent break from his homeland and pursues his relations with Elizabeth. Somehow, he must find a way to manage all aspects of his life amid the political and financial difficulties this turbulent time throws at him. Never has his heart been at the center of his life decisions, challenging what he really wants, if he cannot have it all.

Elizabeth Elliott must find unwavering courage, choosing to allow God’s love to surround her with strength. A marriage during a time of confusion seems impossible as a Patriot from a Loyalist family who loves a Frenchman. She wonders how a faithful daughter can marry without her father’s permission. After a summer apart from Louis, she begins to fear that the uncertain times might delay their life together.

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 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.


A Frenchman, a Patriot, and an ocean—on the brink of forming a nation. Surround Me by Marguerite Gray.

“That is another factor against me. Is there any way he’ll ever accept a Partisan and a Frenchman?” Surround Me by Marguerite Gray

1773 Charles Town “You do realize this can’t be a secret forever. You must tell your parents.” Surround Me by Marguerite Gray

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This book is a continuation of a series that finds us back in the Revolutionary days. It was fascinating to read about the colonies during the 1770s. Fighting seemed to be everywhere and Louis feels torn as he has to leave Elizabeth behind for now. Their story is so nicely written and I'm glad they made an appearance in this book. It will be a hard road as they both want to be with each other. 

They come from different backgrounds and this may cause some people to not accept their relationship. For now, Louis must concentrate on his family and decide where God is calling him to go. The beautiful details are impressive and I love the historical facts in the story. I can picture the battlefields and the men as they fight for freedom.

Elizabeth has been keeping herself busy with a new girls' boarding school. It does keep her mind occupied but still deep down, her thoughts linger to Louis. The gift she sends him on his birthday is priceless. I loved how much faith has become a part of both of their lives. Elizabeth is still treading lightly around her parents as they are still determined to marry her off. The secret Elizabeth is hiding could cost her dearly. Can she trust the people she has told? 

I loved how the author built up the arrival of Louis back home to see Elizabeth. The excitement jumped off the pages and I could see her jumping up and down. Now that Elizabeth and Louis are reunited for  now, how will her family react? Louis knows that God has a plan for them, and he is holding tight to that. They are in for obstacles to deter them, danger and hope. Don't miss this exciting story of trust, unconditional love and the belief that God is surrounding them.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my opinion.

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