Item description for Sanctuary: A Historical Novel about the Huguenots, Forgiveness, and God's Love (Faith Of Our Fathers #1) by Molly Noble Bull...
Overview By 1740, the terrible hatred and persecution that blackened France has almost vanished. But when Rachel Levins fianc and her parents are murdered by a French army captain, Rachel fears for her life, in this latest novel from the author of "The Rogues Daughter" and "The Winter Pearl."
Publishers Description He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91: 1 By 1740 hatred and persecution that so blackened France in an earlier era has almost vanished from the land. Rachel Levin, a Jewess pretending to be a Christian and secretly engaged, feels safe. But when her fianc e and her parents are murdered by a vicious French army captain, Rachel fears for her life. She flees her village with a young Huguenot, Pierre Dupre, and Rachel and Pierre take refuge in a church. Dressed as a nun and a monk, all goes well until the captain who killed her loved ones arrives. Captain Vallae is rich and powerful. He wants Rachel as his mistress, or he wants her dead. After the captain leaves, Rachel and Pierre agree to a marriage of convenience and manage to escape. Furious that Rachel refused his advances, Captain Vallae demands revenge. Will Rachel and Pierre reach Scotland in time? Or will the captain make good on his threat to end their lives on an English countryside?
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Studio: Tsaba House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.33" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.87 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher TSABA HOUSE
Series Faith Of Our Fathers
Series Number 1
ISBN 1933853506 ISBN13 9781933853505
Availability 0 units.
More About Molly Noble Bull
My name is Molly Noble Bull, and I write under that name. I have three books available at Deeper Shopping--Sanctuary, The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities, and Gatehaven. I hope to have more soon.
I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am also a published Christian author, and I live in Kingsville, Texas.
My father and grandfather were ranch managers, real Texas cowboys, and I spent part of my growing up years on a sixty thousand acre cattle ranch in South Texas. When the Cowboy Rides Away, my upcoming western romance, will be published by Oak Lake Press in 2015.
The song says, "Mama. Don't let you babies grow up to be cowboys."
But all three of our sons did.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Sanctuary (Faith of Our Fathers Series #1)?
Sanctuary May 7, 2008
Since previous reviews have included the premise and opening of Molly Bull's exciting story of intrigue, mystery, danger, secrecy, compassion, loss, love, and faith, I will skip a description of the basic plot line and background and go right to the chase. And CHASE is what this book is all about. This exciting book follows the hero and the heroine on a trek to escape certain doom. They match wits with a master of evil. The tension never lets up. Interwoven with the menace is a tender love story, an account of new faith awakened in reaction to that love, and a cast of characters that you can believe in. From the opening page, the story embroils the reader in intense conflict. And who of us does not love a story with a strong conflict? If you want a real page turner, this is the book for you. Around every bend, danger lurks, strangers pop up (can they be trusted?), and hope thrives in the midst of roiling menace. Molly Bull skillfully weaves together a strong plot with plenty of action, compelling motivations for the characters, sweet scenes for the lover in all of us, and a satisfying conclusion, with one thread left hanging for a segue into a sequel. This is a book you don't want to miss. It's a real keeper. Reviewed by Patti Beckman, author of 25 Silhouette novels and other works. Latest non-fiction book link: Pain Banishment, Not Pain Management: A Non-Invasive Treatment for RSD, CRPS, Peripheral Neuropathy, Migraines, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Other Chronic Pain ~ EVEN WHEN NOTHING ELSE WORKS ~
Intense! Mar 19, 2008
Rachel Levin had been taught to hide her emotions, her thoughts, her Jewishness, as she grew up in Alsace, France in the 1700s. And it had worked well until one fateful day when renegade soldiers of the Crown terrorize her home while she is shopping.
Hidden and helpless to defend them, Huguenot friend Pierre Dupre witnesses the soldiers' attack on Rachel's parents, the same attack that kills his brother Louis--Rachel's fiancé, and leaves her an orphan. Along with other persecuted Huguenots, Pierre's parents flee on ships in the night, but Pierre and Rachel miss the boat, instead finding sanctuary in a church. But they are not safe for long.
The unscrupulous military captain who ordered the pillage and burning of Rachel's house has saved a trunk of letters and pictures, and her portrait has inflamed a lustful attraction to this beauty despite his hatred for Jews. He and his men catch up to the fleeing couple at the church, but the priest and nuns hide them in plain sight until the soldiers retreat.
Realizing that their lives are still in jeopardy, the priest makes plans for a boatman to take the couple to an island haven for Huguenots, and insists that the young people marry first, since it would be unseemly for them to travel together otherwise. Hunted by the madman, Captain Vallae, who has resigned his command to pursue Rachel, the young couple travels from island to island, ship to ship, England to Scotland, in an intense quest to be free.
Bull places the reader in the middle of the story and keeps you there to the final "amen." More than just an exciting read, I highly recommend this book
Wonderful plot, but poorly written Feb 6, 2008
I loved learning more about the Huguenots and Jews during this time period. And I thought that the plot idea was great. But the writing fell short. The author had a tendency to state the obvious way too often. I think with some refining, this would have been a great book.
Sanctuary Jan 10, 2008
Sanctuary is a riveting read about Rachel Levin a Jewess and Pierre Dupre an Huguenot. Rachel love ones are murdered in 1740 and she and Pierre seek refuge in a Church until a military captain who killed her family arrives. We then see Rachel and Pierre married in a marriage of connivance and see them flee the clutches of the captain hoping to reach Scotland. This story was riveting seeing how the Jews and Huguenots were persecuted and watching to see if Rachel and Pierre's would escape the clutches of the captain. I found this book very hard to put down and wanting to read just a bit more each time to see what would happen next. They way Molly writes is captivating and brings the characters to life. I cant wait for the next book in the series. This is definitely a book I would recommend.
First in a promising series Dec 5, 2007
Reviewed by Amy L. Loos
Amazing! Sanctuary is an absolute delight! It is Book #1 in the Faith of our Fathers Series.
Enter Rachel Levin's world. In a single day her parents and betrothed are murdered and she must rely on the generosity of her fiancé's brother, Pierre Dupre to escape her hometown with her life. Evil French Army Captain Vallae is determined to make Rachel his prized possession, including giving up his rank and position with the French Army to hunt her down. Captain Vallae vows that nothing will stop him from obtaining his goal, making Rachel his mistress-or see her dead.
In order to escape Captain Vallae, Rachel and Pierre do everything they can to stay one step ahead of the captain including posing as a nun and monk, moving from one city to another all in hopes of eventually finding freedom in Scotland.
Sanctuary is filled with heartache, fear, and God's redeeming love. The author has an incredible talent to pull you immediately into the story, captivating us with a love for her main characters, causing us to remain rooted in our seats, cheering every step of the way as our main characters flee from evil-doers while we enjoy watching Rachel and Pierre's love blossom and their knowledge of God's grace bloom in the most turbulent of times.
From the moment I picked up Sanctuary, I was hard pressed to put it aside. I was intrigued with the setting, learning about the Huguenot history, the persecution and suffering they endured and of course, I love a good chase scene, especially when it involves the hero and heroine and their love for each other and God.
Armchair Interviews says: If you want to read a great book filled with adventure, love and danger set against an amazing historical backdrop, then Sanctuary is the one to read!