THE MARK OF THE KING
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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.
Paperback, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
(first published January 2017)
Her books have finaled in the Christy Awards and Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, and have won gold from the Military Writers Society of America and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
Complex and nuanced characters, rich historical detail and twisting plots make her novels immersive experiences. Her fiction has been praised by Historical Novel Society, Romantic Times, Library Journal, historians specializing in her novels’ time periods, as well as popular and acclaimed authors Laura Frantz, Lori Benton, Jody Hedlund, Sarah Sundin, Joanne Bischof, Julie Lessman, and more.
Jocelyn loves Broadway musicals, the color red, Toblerone chocolate bars, Mexican food, and well-done documentaries. She lives in Iowa with her husband, two children, and two cats she should have named Catticus Finch and Purrman Meowville.
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Marked as a murderer, Julianne Chevalier carries that mark on her shoulder. Branded! by the King of France. Barbaric! She leaves prison in Paris and in order to travel she must be married. She in sense is forced to marry a convict. This was back in the 1720's in France but the territories in America were no better. When Julianne and her husband arrive in New Orleans, evil is right beside them and stays there. The people were starving, dying and to reap more devastation on them, a hurricane is brewing. The author gives us plenty of action from start to finish. As the author describes the scenery and people, you find yourself amidst them. As you travel with these people through their day to day lives, you become attached to them. You wonder if they can survive and come out of this alive. The author shows us how people did whatever they had to in order to survive in an wild, barbaric and terrifying country. But these brave and daring people worked and strove to make the country what it has become. Without those people, the country may still be unsettled and dangerous.
The book was well written and full of history. There was never a dull moment as the pages turned. Characters that you grew to love and care about. They pulled at your heartstrings as they struggled, did what they had to do and some survived and some gave it all, their lives.
I just wanted to say, I loved the cover.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group and the author, I voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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