Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green
Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.
About The Author
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013, and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
We follow Julianne Chevalier from the prison in Paris to the shores of Louisiana, as she journeys with her new husband, a man she has just met. Made me think of Nazi Germany, trying to make a pure race, Aryan for Germany and French for the King of France.
Julianna has been marked by the King of France, on her shoulder, as a murderer, which we witnessed and saw the injustice, made me glad I didn’t live in the 1720’s, and I don’t think it was much better in America, or the territories.
When she and her new husband arrive in New Orleans, they meet evil head on, and it continues through out the book, and though the action, we wonder if anyone is going to survive. We also experience a hurricane, as if these poor starving people needed more devastation, but greed is in control, or so it seems.
A page-turner for sure, as there is non-stop action from the beginning to the end, and you find yourself walking in the new French colony in American, and traveling the bayous and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the marshes. Will the people that we have started to care about be able to survive, and what will become of them all.
A great insight into the early people who lived in this unsettled country and helped make it what it is today. Highly recommended.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.