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.
Five stars because this riveting story gripped my heart, interest, and imagination. Five stars for diligent research. Five stars for accurately portraying the Mississippi basin setting at New Orleans. Five stars for well developed and believable characters. Five stars for transporting the reader into another era. Five stars for discretely and carefully weaving a faith component into this book. Five stars for believability and discretion in dealing with sensitive topics and scenes. This reviewer heartily recommends "The Mark of The King" for young and older adults alike. A word of caution to those with tender sensibilities, this book contains necessary violence and does accurately describe early frontier war practices, some being rather bloody. The only steamy element is the temperature along the Louisiana bayou.
Jocelyn Green has done it again with a great historical read.