Friday, February 3, 2017

Review: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

About the book:

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

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.

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My Review:

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green was a WOW book.  This story drew me in and would not let me go.  From the first page to the last, the story of Julianne Chevalier is one wrought with danger, prejudice and oftentimes shows man’s inhumanity towards each other.  There were scenes that were hard to read and one in particular made me so emotional I was crying.  Ms. Green definitely has a way with words that had me there in New Orleans hearing the buzzing of the mosquitos and the squish of the mud.  This is not a lighthearted read as this story takes us on a roller coaster of emotions.   We get to know the characters well, and we feel their pain and losses.  I like that this is story was no cookie cutter. 

I also appreciated and took to heart the symbolism this book in its pages showed.  Not in a preachy way at all, but in a quite subtle whisper in its pages of heartache and betrayal, that there was still hope and love and mercy.  The story was filled with history that I was not familiar with and it just made me so thankful for the United States today.  I also was very pleased with the beautiful romance that blossomed between the pages of this book and how it showed love as sacrificial.  This was my first read by Jocelyn Green and I plan to remedy that quickly.  I look forward to more of her amazing stories in the future.

I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.  If you want to read about the beginnings of our country when the French still had a big stake in it, do not miss this epic and breathtaking read. 

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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