The Mark of the King is a book that kept me turning pages. It was not a pleasant book in many ways, because the subject matter is not pleasant. But Jocelyn Green brought French history and early New Orleans to life for me.
I learned much I didn't know about treatment of prisoners in France at the time—the squalor, ill treatment, and hopelessness they endured. Moving forward, life on the ship then in the "town" of New Orleans was described in great detail.
Green wove in the relationship between the French, the various Indian tribes, and English, making it all living history as I read. She depicted relations with the Indians that I haven't read in my studies of American history—but it made what I have studied make more sense.
Add to this in a compelling narrative of a young woman accused of a crime she did not commit, a marriage to a man she'd never met nor spoken to, and a hunt for her lost brother, and you have a book that almost demands that you read one more chapter. Five Stars.
Warning: This is a Christian romance book. Intimacy was referred to briefly on wedding night, but nothing was described. The focus is on the crudeness of the soldiers. I am extremely squirmy, sqeamish about such things, and thought I might have to skip some pages, but nothing came of it. Still, I would not give this book to a teenager.
The Mark of the King
by Jocelyn Green
Life in this new world requires more strength than she ever imagined.
After the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is imprisoned and branded, marking her as a criminal beyond redemption. Hoping to reunite with her brother, a soldier, she trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. The price of her transport, however, is a forced marriage to a fellow convict.
New Orleans is nothing like Julianne expects. The settlement is steeped in mud and mosquitoes, and there is no news of her brother, Benjamin. When tragedy strikes, she turns to military officer Marc-Paul Girard for help, but does he know more about her brother than he will admit?
With her dreams shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous land, where only grace---and love---can overcome the stigma of the king's mark upon her shoulder.
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This article was published in issue #129