Monday, January 16, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Bethany House Publishers

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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Rebecca's Review
5 STARS!!! 

 "You are a child of the King; it is His image you bear."

Cruelly branded as a murderer for the accidental death of a client, French midwife Julianne Chevalier exchanges her life sentence for exile to the primitive settlement of New Orleans, Louisiana. Forced to wed a complete stranger in order to expedite "populating" the territory upon arrival, Julianne faces multiple obstacles but manages to settle into her new circumstances with calm resignation. Captain Marc-Paul Girard curiously manages to provide Julianne and her new husband Simon with a safe perimeter, indicating that he had indeed known a soldier named Benjamin Chevalier, Julianne's younger brother, a soldier, the one person that she loves with all her heart.

Marc-Paul Girard cannot imagine the kind, lovely midwife who sailed as a prisoner aboard his ship to be murderous. With an infinite amount of skill and compassion, she assumes dual roles; serving the colony as both midwife and physician upon the insistence of the local governor. Things turn ugly when Julianne's bitter past is publicly exposed and then again when unexpected tragedy strikes closer to home; driving Marc-Paul to a life changing decision. With impostors within and treachery without, Julianne and Marc-Paul cannot escape the challenges that will define them, ultimately sending them straight into the amazing arms of grace.

"The Mark of the King" is nothing short of astonishing; the author beautifully weaving heartache, cruelty, misunderstanding, and history into a glorious, unforgettable tapestry of love.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed above are entirely my own.
Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

 ~Happy Reading~

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