Set in New Orleans in the 1700s, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is definitely a gripping, historical fiction. It’s very well written and obvious that she did a lot of research. This is not a sugar-coated, everything-turns-out-amazingly-ok kind of book. It is gritty and sad with lots of drama and bad things happening; I guess you could say that it is truer to what life would have been like – a rough life in a new, rough country.
The characters are well-written and complex. The story is full of changes – some expected and others unexpected. There are references to the Bible and religion, but not a lot and they are well-woven into the story.
There are some vulgar and violent things that happen in this story. They are not written out word for word, but it is clear what happens. Some are because of war and some because of the wickedness of man. Due to that as well as the sadness and deceitfulness, it was just not one of my favorite books to read.
Here is some backcover copy:
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.
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the prologue and first chapter through her site. Published by Bethany House. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.