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During the 18th century in Louisiana, women were expected to reproduce. As a midwife Julianne lost her first patient just seconds after the delivery. She was blamed for the death and banished to the French colony of Louisiana with a permanent criminal symbol branded on her back. When Julianne realized that her brother was last stationed in the same area, she asked Marc-Paul Girard for help to find him. He seems to know more than he is letting on. Should she trust him?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219065
ISBN-13: 9780764219061

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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.

Author Bio

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. Jocelyn lives with her husband and two children in Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.

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  1. Fay Mary Foxs
    Age: Under 18
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not the greatest book ever
    May 10, 2017
    Fay Mary Foxs
    Age: Under 18
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    If you like a book that has many historical factors this book might before you. The main reason this book was not my favorite would be due to some inappropriate scenes that centered around relationships between men and women and that I also felt that throughout the book there were some rather depressing moments of course that is just my own opinion and there are some very interesting historical facts, still I would not recommend it to anyone younger then an adult.
  2. abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical fiction must-read!
    April 25, 2017
    abookandacuppa
    Prairie Village, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have recently added Jocelyn Green to my list of favorite authors. Her most recent novel is another example of historical fiction that is meticulously researched and well written. Her novels educate as well as entertain.

    In this book, a midwife, living in a French prison, is deported to Louisiana as an alternative to help populate the French colony in the 18th century. I had no idea before reading this that there ever was a "mark of the king," and other details of history which I won't add to prevent spoilers. Adventure, romance, deceit, and themes of faith and redemption prevail in this "can't stop reading" tale.
  3. Marbie
    The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fabulous Novel
    April 14, 2017
    Marbie
    The Netherlands
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An exceptional historical novel that tug at my heart strings more than once. What a hard time those first settlers had. I can't imagine! The author created a believable tale with fantastic characters. I hated to see this fabulous book come to an end. Job well done, Miss Green!
  4. Kym
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Does she have what it will take to survive?
    April 6, 2017
    Kym
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Julianne Chevalier has been condemned to a life in prison and branded as a criminal. Her only piece of hope is trading her prison life for a life in the new world as an exile. She is sent to Louisiana. One she is sent, however, she discovers she needs more strength than she ever imagined. Does she have enough to survive this new life?

    This story took me by the hand and pulled me back to 1700s France and America. From the Birthing Room to the prison, from the ship to the fledgling colony in Louisiana. And each step in Juliannes journey brought trials and dangers. Some of them even meant choosing the lesser of two evils. I enjoyed this story very much. I will definitely be keeping a lookout for Jocelyn Greens other books.

    *I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared about this book are entirely my own thoughts.*
  5. Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Could not put this one down!
    March 17, 2017
    Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book! I had never read about the early settlement of New Orleans or the populating of it by purchasing girls from poorhouses, orphanages and even the infamous prison Salpetriere to be shipped over from France to marry, become mothers and settle the land for France. Julianne is given moments to pick a husband before, In a fleeting moment, the priest pronounced one hundred eighty-four husbands and wives joined together in holy covenant. I found this slice of history to be fascinating!

    Life in the new world was brutal for both the English settlers and the French. I just never thought much of the French ones or the horrors they faced in getting to New Orleans. Jocelyn Green brings so many of these historical struggles to life the forced marriages, the losses of life (both that of adults and that of the infants), the Indian raids, and even the storms and flooding (and floating caskets).

    I highly recommend this book! Jocelyn Green, the author, is a wonderful story teller and I just could not put this book down! Yet not only does the author tell a historical story, she also tells a story of grace and redemption from a girl who in the beginning thinks of God as far away to in the end knows Him personally Grace you have received. Grace you must give. Love your enemy. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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