About the Book: 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.
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About the Author: Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
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What I Thought: The Mark of the King was outside of my regular genres that I read and review. Historical fiction from the 1700s is not what I usually read. I tend to get comfortable, but I am so glad I went outside of my comfort zone and read this book! Although on the long side at 395 pages, I read The Mark of the King quickly because I could not wait to find out what happened next. Julianne's life is one of tragedy after tragedy, yet she remains strong throughout a life of hardships. Her career as a midwife was fascinating. I was appalled at the living conditions of the settlers in the Louisiana Colony, and the way she was treated for the brand on her body, a brand she never should have received. Through everything, Julianne longs for a loving husband and children. I thoroughly enjoyed The Mark of the King and will be checking out other books by Jocelyn Green.
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