Author: Jocelyn Green
Review by Grace Olson
Back Cover from Bethany House’s website of The Mark of the King:
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.
I have found an amazing new author! Ok, so no, I did not ‘find’ her. She’s been around for a while. But the delight that I felt when I started reading The Mark of the King was similar to finding something new and exciting.
Julianne’s struggles begin from the first pages of this novel. I was pulled in by this story and felt as if I were stepping into history itself. I can’t imagine the horrors that the colonists experienced as they were forced into marriages and then left in a new world with few provisions. The lines are not clear in the new world, friend and foe aren’t easily discernible. Julianne suffers so many heartaches, and yet continues to live with a courage that is amazing. The stigma she suffers under becomes an opportunity to see the freedom and redemption that are in Christ. And though her life isn’t easy, there is peace and grace in it when she realizes that.
The characters in this book are multi-faceted and compelling. I didn’t want to put it down but had to at times just to absorb the world that Jocelyn had created. Julianne goes through incredible hardships, trials that real people had to overcome in that time period.
This book deals with real, difficult issues, but Jocelyn handles those well. I really enjoyed The Mark of the King, and I’m sure that fans of Lori Benton or Laura Frantz would fall in love with it too.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House’s website: 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 Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.