Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My Bookshelf: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

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.

The Mark of the King is Jocelyn Green’s most recent stand-alone novel, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I have been excited for this book for quite some time, as the synopsis caught my attention the first time I read it, so I was thrilled when I was chosen to help promote its release. And, I am happy to confess that this novel more than exceeded my expectations! Jocelyn is a wonderful storyteller, and I was immediately sucked into Julianne’s world within minutes of opening the pages. I absolutely fell in love with her, and with Marc-Paul, so I completely devoured this story! The only problem I had with this book is that I just didn’t want it to end the way it did! It was too short; I wanted to know what happened next!!!
Julianne Chevalier is by far one of the strongest characters I have ever read about. She goes through so much throughout the course of this novel, especially at the beginning, and I really loved seeing her thrive despite that. And, I absolutely love Marc-Paul. He is amazing, and the way he treats Julianne, even after he finds out the truth of how she came to be in Louisiana. I absolutely melted through quite a bit of this book, as Marc-Paul absolutely swept me off my feet. He’s that good.
All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and now am dying to read more of Jocelyn’s novels. She did such a fantastic job with this story, and I am so glad it is on my shelf because cannot wait to read it again. I know this will be one of my favorites that I return to time and again, and you can count on it staying on my all-time favorites list forever. Therefore, I am giving it all five bookshelves—although I wish I could give it more—and I highly recommend it!
Happy reading!

I received a copy of this book through the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review.

To see where I’m linking up, check out my Where I Party page.

All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Jocelyn Green and Bethany House Publishing.

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