Sunday 26 February 2017

Book Review: The Mark of the King

From the Back:

"Lovers of historical fiction will be transported by this beautifully written novel of the early 18th century frontier."--Lori Benton, award-winning author of The Wood's Edge and A Flight of Arrows
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.

My Reflections:

The Mark of the King was such a sumptuously, satisfying read. I have a hard time deciding on my ultimate favorites since I read so much, but hands down, without a doubt this book is 2017 top read to date.

The plot can only be described as haunting, yet riveting. This book is written with bold authority yet, surprisingly does not get overly dark or introspective. My only critique is why oh, why did it have to end?

I adored Julianne's character; she was able to hold onto her sense of fairness and determination amidst the brutalities she endured.

Life in Shambles Julianne must overcome the branding that haunts her life.  Danger and the unknown are constant companions in this young woman's life. Change is ever present and throws chaos
at every turn. 

The detail contained in this book is exquisite,  factual yet poetic the flow and ebb lull the reader to pure reading bliss.

Jocelyn Green has penned a book to remember in this one. Her research and historical detail are evident on every page, blending fiction with historical events seamlessly.
Well done Jocelyn Green, congratulations on a masterpiece, that will most likely be enjoyed by all.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group


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    Jocelyn Green

    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 GettysburgYankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition,...
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