The Mark of the King: A Book Review
"Life in this New World requires more strength than she ever imagined."
Betrayal, exile, adventure and grace fill the pages of Jocelyn Green's latest novel, The Mark of the King! Set in the 18th century, The Mark of the King takes readers from the prisons of Paris to the untamed swampland of New Orleans.
Here's what you can expect:
"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."- from the back cover
While I enjoyed reading The Mark of the King, I don't know that it's one I would reach for again. I appreciated how the heroine, Julianne, handled the many hardships she faced with a level of humility and perseverance. However, the amount of said hardships seemed improbable to where I had a hard time finding the character believable by the end of the novel. Green does do a phenomenal job of bringing the setting to life, and I appreciated all of the historical details.
If you have any interest in early 18th century French and American history then I would highly recommend this book. To find out more about Green's other novels, click here!
*I received a copy of this book for free, all opinions are my own.