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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?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Historical fiction must-read!April 25, 2017abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fabulous NovelApril 14, 2017MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An 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!
Kym4 Stars Out Of 5Does she have what it will take to survive?April 6, 2017KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Julianne 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.*
KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Could not put this one down!March 17, 2017KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
Jill5 Stars Out Of 5LOVED. IT.March 16, 2017JillQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0First of all, let me say that I'm a big fan of Jocelyn Green's after reading her series, "Heroines Behind the Lines." If you are a fan of historical fiction, then you will definitely want to check that out but for now, let me tell you about The Mark of the King!
The setting of this book is 1720s New Orleans. I knew absolutely nothing about the settling of that area, and that's one of the things I love about Jocelyn's books- she transports you back in time to not only tell a story but to slide in a history lesson along the way. Even some of the characters are the actual names of real-life people that are a part of history. I love that!
The book centers around the life of a young midwife who after the death of her client, is sent as one of many prisoners to settle this French colony in Louisiana. The plot is intriguing and strong, and although there were a couple of predictable moments, it doesn't matter. I stayed up way past my bedtime so I could discover what was going to happen next. I wasn't disappointed and was so into this book, I found myself literally thanking God that I wasn't a part of this 18th-century community!
You will not waste your time with The Mark of the King. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if you then started following Jocelyn on social media so you know when her next book is going to be released. It's THAT GOOD!