About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Draw Me to Your Side by Marguerite Martin Gray: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  Draw Me To Your Side
Author: Marguerite Martin Gray
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2020

Warships in the harbor explode with battle cries for freedom in the hearts of Charles Town’s Patriots.
 Charles Town, South Carolina, 1776—With the British war ships threatening his family and livelihood, Louis Lestarjette commits to aid Francis Marion, Christopher Gadsden, Silas Deane and other fiery Patriots with secret correspondences in code and in French. Although not convinced that the colonies can succeed in separation from Britain, he abides by his word—available with funds, his time, and if necessary, even his life.

 Louis’ potential volatile role leaves Elizabeth Lestarjette uncertain of the future. Add to that her impending confinement, the secret missions her friends embark on, and the ever-encroaching danger into her domestic world, and the cost of independence grows steeper with each passing day. How will her family survive the coming turbulence?  How will she survive not being an active part of it?  One thing is certain, she must draw to God’s side or lose heart altogether.

Draw Me to Your Side… a prayer whispered against the coming destruction.

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This is a captivating story of love and devotion between a husband and wife and a tale of loyalty and commitment to the cause of freedom. Louis and Elizabeth Lestarjette have a deep love for each other and their two young children but they find themselves caught up in the efforts of the American colonies to separate themselves from England. It is 1776 and Charles Town, South Carolina is the home of both Loyalists and Patriots during this pivotal year of the American Revolution. Author Marguerite Martin Gray paints a powerful picture of a family trying to maintain a normal life during a time of secret meetings, increasing distrust, and the ever present threat of danger. Elizabeth fears for her husband's safety but she realizes that "they were fighting for family and a peaceful place to live."

From the very beginning I was drawn into the drama of Draw Me To Your Side and I found myself very impressed with the amount of historical detail that Gray included in her story. It's very apparent that she devoted a lot of time to the research of this exciting period of our nation's history and she powerfully describes Elizabeth's conflicting emotions as she alternates between fear and complete faith in God.

I certainly recommend Draw Me To Your Side to all who enjoy historical fiction and Christian romance and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Marguerite Martin Gray enjoys history especially when combined with fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches Spanish and French and has degrees in Spanish, French, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Presently, she lives in north Louisiana with her husband and rescue cats.

More from Marguerite

I have always loved history, probably because my father took me to every historical site he could find on our travels. As I listened to him tell the story of our ancestors to a group of tourists at our Antebellum home, I suddenly realized that he was weaving tales about my own blood line. Very soon after that I flew to Charleston, South Carolina and began my research. From that first of many trips, my Revolutionary Faith Series arrived.

Draw Me to Your Side is Book Four of the series. The titles play a very significant role in the series, each having a dual meaning. The human element is obvious. Although the series is more historical than romance, the titles offer a glimpse into a potential romance. The other element is spiritual. God is the one who weaves his love and hope into their lives.

If you love book titles as I do, as you read this series, see if you can determine the dual meanings of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, Bring Me Near, and now Draw Me to Your Side.

Happy Reading!

Blog Stops

Bigreadersite, March 25
Older & Smarter?, March 27
Betti Mace, March 29
KarenSueHadley, March 31
Emily Yager, April 1
Pause for Tales, April 5


To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon Card and a copy of the eBook!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Your review is right on point. I felt the same as I read the novel. The dedication that the author put into understanding the time period in detail is evident in every page of the story. It is also clear that she gave thought to the detail of the relationships in the story. One of the best elements of her writing is being able to understand the emotions and development of each character. The series is charming and intriguing.

  2. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

  3. Wonderful review! This series sounds fascinating! Thank you for being part of the tour.