Thursday, March 16, 2023

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Promise of Purity by Marguerite Martin Gray

Book: Promise of Purity

Author: Marguerite Martin Gray

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release date: February 14, 2023

Is true purity found in the laws of religion or in the hearts of the faithful?

East Molesey, England, 1661—

With the return of the exiled king to his rightful throne, Kate Sinclair’s world of black and white now offers the hope of color. But where does color-loving Kate fit? In the bakery as the daughter of a Puritan or in the palace garden among God’s myriad hues? Certainly not within the palace walls of an immoral court with new friends.

Exiled with King Charles II on the continent, Peter Reresby claims unwavering support of his friend’s regained crown. While fighting for the monarchy against his family’s wishes, his sister disappears, and Peter is determined to find her.

When their opposing beliefs collide, Kate and Peter witness a true test of faith in the ability of mankind to shed the past in order to preserve the future… and perhaps learn that the “greatest of these” truly is love.


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Promise of Purity by Marguerite Martin Gray is a Christian Historical Fiction. It is book 2 in the Gardens in Time series. I have not read Book 1 yet, but I plan on reading it soon. 

The year is 1661 in East Mosley, England. Kate Sinclair, part of the Puritan Faith,  has hope for the future, especially since King Charles II has been reinstated to the Throne. Kate is also trying to find her place to belong. She wants to be a part of the Family Bakery but wonders if she has a place in the Palace working there. Kate's dad is worried that she will lose her Puritan faith if she works at the Palace. Peter Reresby is very happy that his friend has regained his crown, although his family is against it. Peter discovers his sister has gone missing and turns his focus to finding her. Kate and Peter have religious differences, with Peter not trusting God in his life. Will Kate choose the Baker or the Palace? Can Kate and Peter put their differences aside and work together to find his sister? 

WOW, this book captivated me from the very first chapter. I really learned so much about the Puritan life while reading this book. Kate Sinclair is a wonderful character and I really LOVE that she stays true to her faith, even while working at the Palace. Peter is also an interesting character. He is very concerned about his sister and I LOVE how Kate helps him with his faith. The book is one of Trust, Faith, and Friendship. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction! WONDERFUL BOOK!


Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, and Bring Me Near– Revolutionary Faith Books One, Two and Three. Besides researching her historical novels, she enjoys studying 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, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband and Cleo, her cat. Her two adult children keep her up to date and young. Follow Marguerite at


More from  Marguerite

Hello from north Louisiana. I am so happy to be here with you. When I am not writing, you will most likely find me outside in my garden, reading on the deck or front porch, or hiking/walking in the woods and parks. I love the outdoors, although I am not the athletic sports type, more like a nature lover. That is one reason I have enjoyed writing the novels for Gardens in Time.

When I was a preteen, I had the awesome privilege of residing in England outside of Liverpool while my father pursued an advanced degree in architecture. For a few years, I had the gardens of Britain and Europe as my playground. My sisters and I made up games on the lawns and in the gardens of the estates—supervised, of course. Hide-and-seek in castle ruins or tag in rose gardens or getting lost in mazes proved great entertainment. Hampton Court Palace Gardens was one of those majestic places.

Promise of Purity is set at Hampton Court Palace in 1661 during the return of Charles II from exile. Kate is a Puritan waiting for color to fill her life after a dismal rule under Cromwell. I visited Hampton Court again in June 2022. I wandered in the rose gardens and marveled at the herb plots. Wildflowers existed between the manicured plots of lilies. I strolled through the Privy Garden that my character Kate brings back to life. Walking in my characters’ footsteps energizes me as I present them to you, the reader.

Enjoy the journey through Hampton Court Gardens.

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

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

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much, Kendra! I had such fun researching this one! Blessings!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such an interesting period of England's history. I will enjoy the book.

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