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Friday, March 8, 2019

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About the Book

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Title: Bring Me Near
Author: Marguerite Martin Gray
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: February, 2019
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing
Louis Lestarjette enters a world of secrets and questionable actions for the Patriot cause.
Charles Town, South Carolina, 1775—Louis Lestarjette ventures beyond the confines of family life as patriotic duty compels him to enter the world of secrecy and clandestine maneuvers. When he leaves Charles Town for Philadelphia, he experiences first-hand the drastic demands of time and finances, and possibly his life. He must keep Elizabeth and his daughter safe while remaining faithful to this cause of liberty. One wrong decision might cost him all he has worked for over the last three years.
A new generation of children in Elizabeth Lestarjette’s life demands the successful and safe fulfillment of her role as a Patriot. She wonders if her husband understands her desire to do her part as an active Daughter of Liberty. Although Louis is willing to move the family to the country, the decision falls to Elizabeth regarding whether to remain in Charles Town or escape its borders.

About the Author

author pic(1)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.

More from Marguerite

I am very excited about the release of Bring Me Near. Thank you for joining me in its debut.
My writing journey began with reading as a child in elementary school. I lived in England for a few years where I bought and read loads of books on horses, history, and mystery. While in that unique environment, my parents took us to explore castles, old houses, churches, and cemeteries. The love of history sprouted and grew (I blame it all on my father)!
My love of reading never diminished, but it continued to expand my world. I still devour books (much to my husband’s and my bookcases’ chagrin), mostly historical Christian fiction, though I have some favorite contemporary novels and authors
In my Revolutionary Faith Series, I combine my love of travel, research, history, and writing. I researched my family history originating in Charleston, South Carolina and walked in the footsteps of my 1770s ancestors (I even found my ancestors’ house for sale!) I asked questions about what they would have done during the American Revolution? What did they eat and wear? Were they fearful? Faithful? Courageous? Where did they worship?
My motto in writing is Entertain. Educate. Encourage. I entertain through the elements of fiction by making the characters in my imagination come alive on the page. I educate by presenting an historical period and event after countless hours of research. I encourage by giving a Christian world view where the characters grow and develop through their challenges.
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If you have not read the first two books in this series, I highly recommend you grab a copy of each. The author takes us on an adventure through time during 1775.  There was a lot going on in the world and men are having to take sides in order to protect their families. I love the author's very detailed historical facts which helps us understand what trials men and women went through to survive. 

Louis has his hands full as he and his wife Elizabeth welcome a new baby. Surrounding them is more talk of discord among the British and colonists which makes Louis uneasy. The tea Act has caused many to be ready to fight for what is theirs and Louis is right in the middle of the action.  Charles Town is their home and Louis must step up to protect his family. The story takes on a serious tone when a few of the women learn to shoot.  They must be able to protect themselves and their children if their husbands aren't around. I could feel the tension in the air as reality started to sink in for these women.  It is hard to imagine that people had to be on guard at all times as danger lurks just a whisper away. 

I found it very profound when one of the characters said, "I wonder what will be said of us when someone records 1775."  They had no way to know that history was being made and that time period would be pivotal to the world. I wonder sometimes what it will be like when my children start having families. There is still even today the uncertainty of peace in the world. Louis and Elizabeth are just on the verge of danger as more threats are rumored by the Loyalists and Patriots.

As the tension builds friends are pitted against each other. The refusal of unloading British ships take a toll on the town. People watch as cargo after cargo are dumped into the water and their hope for food and necessities are lost as the waves carry the shipment out to sea. You can feel the hopelessness settle in as supplies start to dwindle. It was a difficult time for all, and people started to wonder if war would soon break out. I loved reading about this time period and how men and women stood up for their cause. The author has delivered an intense look at history and how it changed many lives.

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

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, February 28
Back Porch ReadsMarch 1
Carpe Diem, March 11
BigreadersiteMarch 13


To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away
Grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st place winner will receive eBooks of the entire series
2nd – 4th place winners will receive an eBook copy of Bring Me Near!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Wonderful review, Deana! This series sounds like a must read!

  2. Thank you Deana for the review! I appreciate you and all that you do!

  3. I love books that make me feel the characters' emotions!

  4. I really like historical fiction and this book sounds fantastic and very intriguing.

  5. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  6. You blame it all on your father! lol I guess my kids will say the same thing about us. We have traveled with them to so many places and visited countless museums, parks, historical sites that is it any wonder they all want to travel the world and live overseas? I guess we should have stayed home and kept them sheltered. Thanks for the review.