Book Beat – The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green
In 1719, midwife Julianne Chevalier is wrongfully convicted of murder, branded for her crime, and sentenced to life in Paris’s bleak prisons. When she is offered the choice of exile in the colony of Louisiana, she leaps at the opportunity, especially since her brother Benjamin serves as a soldier in New Orleans. However, her freedom comes with a price – forced marriage to a fellow convict. And conditions in the swampy encampment in New Orleans are harsh. When tragedy strikes, Julianne finds a champion in handsome officer Marc-Paul Girard, but the man has secrets of his own.
Sweeping and stirring, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green tells of grace in the middle of dishonor and despair. The writing draws a fascinating and unsentimental picture of colonial life, but the characters are at the heart of the story. Complex, moving, and real, Julianne and Marc-Paul and the side characters draw you into their world. They struggle with secrets, disgrace, and grief, and come out stronger. A touching novel you won’t want to miss.