Monday, February 6, 2017

The Mark of the King By Jocelyn Green

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

Book Description: 

 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.

My Thoughts: 

The Mark of the King is the latest book written by Jocelyn Green and oh my goodness it's fantastic. This is the first book by Jocelyn Green I have read, have a few in my TBR pile. Time to pull them out!! The Mark of the King is a Christian Historical Fiction, one of my favorite genres which drew me to this book but the cover did it for me. Jocelyn Green writes with authority on France and America's history, midwifery, military, Indians and their tribes, trading, the fighting, and medicine of the time. I really learned a lot from this book which I love to do. I had no idea that Louisiana was a place that France sent their prisoners and undesirables to. The forced marriages and expectations of procreation was definitely eye opening. I love to learned about these things. I could not put this book down from start to finish. This book transported me to 1700's France, the ship to America, and then to the wilds of Louisiana.  I loved Jocelyn Green's writing. She puts her readers right there in the thick of it and makes flawless transitions from past to present in 1700's.  I also found the cast of characters to be wonderful, whether good or bad. Of all the characters I think the one that I loved the most was Julianne. Her story is one of tragedy and overcoming it. No matter the situation she handles herself with integrity. She learns to trust God and has faith in what she does. I find her strength and faith inspiring. On of the biggest things that struck me in this book was the theme of all people are sinners and that forgiveness is there, it really spoke to me.  This book grabbed me from from the first page, leaving me wanting to read more.  I can't say enough good about this book. I cannot wait to read the other books by Jocelyn Green I have in my TBR pile. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction will you not be disappointed. I give this book 5 STARS.


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