“Everything begins and ends with grace.”
Back Cover Description:
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.
I first “virtually” met Jocelyn Green on Pinterest when I came across her debut novel Wedded to War (which is excellent by the way). I commented on her pin and she was kind enough of to respond back. Ever since then I have read her entire Heroines Behind the Lines series multiple times. They are AMAZING. I HIGHELY recommend these books! Jocelyn is a talented writer who knows how to capture the essence of a particular historical time period (in the case of Heroine Behind the Lines, it is the Civil War) and portray it in story form accurately and in a way readers will be captivated by.
The Mark of the King is no different. From the moment, I read the first page to the last, I was completely hooked. I couldn’t put it down! And Jocelyn can attest to this. I messaged her a couple of times while I was reading her novel telling her that I kept eagerly turning pages to find out what happened next but also didn’t want to because I didn’t want the story to end.
The characters are superbly written and described. Readers will love the good guys and despise the bad ones. Cheer for them, cry with them, feel sorry for them! These are just a few of the emotions Jocelyn is able to stir within the hearts of her readers as they embark on her characters’ journeys. I have to say aside from Julianne and Marc-Paul, my favorite character is Etienne! I LOVED his dialogue!
The plot was amazing. Not only is it a novel of earthly romance but it is also a story of discovering and believing in the ultimate love story: the love of Jesus Christ our Savior. Additionally, it is also a story of redemption. In the midst of romance, grace, there is also an element of mystery and intrigue. Add all of these things together and you have a page-turner story that you won’t want to put down! I am pretty sure I read this book over the course of three days!
The well-researched history of Louisiana and the development of New Orleans was so fascinating. It was a part of history that I didn’t know about and I am intrigued to learn more about. One of the things I love about Jocelyn’s books is she includes in her author’s note a bit about the research and writing process behind her novels. In this section, she included a couple of the books she found to be useful in writing The Mark of the King and I look forward to reading them.
If you like romance, Christian themes, history, well-written characters, and an engaging plot, then The Mark of the King is just the book for you! So what are you waiting for! Go out and pick up a copy of your own! You won’t be disappointed!
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Stay tuned for next week’s book review: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey.