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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 30, 2017 – The 18th-century Old and New Worlds burst off the pages in the latest historical fiction treasure from Green (the Heroines Behind the Lines series). Young midwife Julianne Chevalier is unjustly condemned and branded a criminal in 1719 Paris. She travels to the French colony of Louisiana on a ship full of convicts. In the backwater settlement of New Orleans, she attempts to make a life while searching for her brother, who had earlier been stationed there as a soldier. When she confronts natural and human dangers, Capt. Marc-Paul Girard befriends and protects Julianne, and soon falls in love with her. The colorful setting of south Louisiana plays a large role in the story and is a potent catalyst for much of the action. Julianne and Marc-Paul face a perilous and winding journey to wholeness. Painful events and difficult people force them to confront the substance of their Christian faith: will they answer injustice and betrayal with grace and forgiveness or bitterness and revenge? Will Julianne's mark remind her of the unjust king of France or of the king of kings? Green's acute understanding of grief is especially illustrated in the devastating scene of a miscarriage. Readers can only hope for more from this talented, spiritually insightful author.

Customer Reviews

This is an incredible historical novel!

The depth of the characters is marvelous. Each of the main characters, Julianne Chevalier and Marc-Paul Girard, deal with intense inner turmoil that makes it very difficult to trust others. There are also a number of secondary characters that are hiding deep secrets that cause grave danger to others.

The historical content is great. I’ve never looked into 1700s New Orleans and its development. I had never given any thought to the early settlement of New Orleans and the French settlers in the New World. I was absolutely fascinated by my first exposure to this period in the history of America.

The amount of detail given in the descriptions is wonderful. My heart felt broken by many of the ordeals and trials that the characters faced. The way that the settlers were treated by the soldiers was appalling.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

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The Mark of the King
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  • Category: Religious
  • Published: Jan 03, 2017
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Seller: Baker Book House Company
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
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