Monday, March 11, 2019

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

From the publisher:
The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel's life convince her he's in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She's risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

My Thoughts:
My attention was captured by the devastation of the world that Catherine Stands Apart Duval lived in. The time was the French and Indian War as we Americans call it. It was also called the Seven Years War in England and France. It was fought in Europe, in America, and in Africa. This narrative follows Catherine as she is a child then as a young woman, half French, and half Mohawk, who is caring for her father and running a trading post. It's a very dangerous time—both in the area she lives near Montreal, Canada, and in her own home. Her father is a drunkard, and he often takes his troubles out on Catherine. Believing he loves her in spite of the drink, she stays and takes care of him.

The anguish Catherine goes through because of a relationship with a young man, her father's troubles, and the enemies all around build throughout the story. She is a strong young woman and works hard to try to remain neutral to all sides. She is plunged into increasing danger by those she loves and has to make some decisions that tear at her heart.

This book gave me a new perspective on the French and Indian War in the Canadian area. It actually stirred a desire to learn more. Mayhaps I'll be reading a book about that in the future. For now, I highly recommend this book. There is no swearing that I can remember and no inappropriate physical scenes. There is some violence described that I'd rather not have read, but it is tasteful in the way it is portrayed, and it is a book set in the middle of war. I'd read it first before I handed it to my teenage daughter. If it were a movie, it would probably be PG13 for violence and disturbing situations.

Jocelyn Green's website

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. I love books like that--ones that actually leave you yearning to learn more about how history played out. I read a book called Hannah Fowler when I was about 8 or 9 years old that forever changed the way I looked at what went on during pioneer times. I should really see if I can get a copy and read it again as an adult.
    Thanks for the great review. xo Diana

    1. I agree. I am listening to The Sewing Machine right now. The reader has a Scottish accent and it's set in Scotland. Love that detail!

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