Surround Me Blog Tour and Giveaway!


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Returning to Charles Town, Louis faces obstacles surrounding his engagement to Elizabeth and a city questioning its role in a volatile resistance to British rule.

As the dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend, Louis Lestarjette pursues his relationship with Elizabeth even as the emotion and physical struggles set the course for a life of changes. Will his commitment to God stay firm or will the tide of change cause fear and flight?

The chance of reconciliation with England moves further out to sea leaving Elizabeth Elliott on the shores of surrender to a greater challenge. Although others of unwavering courage give her strength, she must choose to allow God’s love to surround her. How can she enter into a marriage during a time of uncertainty? Will selfish, safer options take her away from Louis and his love?


My Perspective

In reading the first chapter I was immediately wishing Louis was back in South Carolina with Elizabeth! I missed them being together. But I was excited to read the dynamic between Louis and his brother. I was a little surprised at how nice Andre was right up front and half expected there to be more of a pushback. I’m not sure I could have reacted the same.

I love how the author brought you into this time period. I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction lately, some have been great and others have not. This was right on. I felt Ms. Gray did a wonderful job of realistically displaying the time period while keeping my attention. She did a fantastic job in displaying the characters thoughts and emotions. I will say this however, in reading this I gained a better understanding of why to be thankful we are living in our world today!

I love how the ending eluded to another book in the works! I want to know how decisions made at the end will affect characters in the future and cannot wait to see the next installment! I received a complimentary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author

image5-jpgMarguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close—Revolutionary Faith Book One. She enjoys the study of history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French 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, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Originally from Louisiana, she currently lives in Abilene with her husband.

Guest Post from Marguerite Martin Gray

About ten years ago I stood in the front bedroom of my parent’s antebellum house listening to my father tell stories about his ancestors–my ancestors while waving around a silver candlestick–my eight times great-grandfather’s gift to his bride. A story was born and I was off to Charleston, S.C.

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To celebrate their tour, Marguerite is giving away a print copy of Hold Me Close and Surround Me, a print copy of A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, a $10 Amazon Card, and a Yorkshire Gold Box of Tea! Click the link below to enter. Be sure to comment on this blog post to claim nine extra entries in the giveaway!

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