- Title: The Mark of the King
- Author: Jocelyn Green
- ISBN: 9780764219061
- Page: 155
- Format: Paperback
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.WAfter 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 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.
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The Mark of the King grabbed me from the first scene and wouldn’t let me go! The setting is vibrant, unique, and full of fascinating true details about the early French settlement in New Orleans. With arranged marriages, forced immigration, and struggles against starvation, the elements, and warring natives, the story is riveting. A must-read!
A sumptuous, spell-binding evocation of life in 1720's Louisiana will keep you riveted. The compelling characters and alluring plot take as many twists and turns as a jutting river. I truthfully didn't know what to expect. Each third of the book pivots in another direction with a welcome surprise. This is far more than a run-of-the-mill CBA historical romance: Green puts poetic pen to an oft-forgotten seminal part of American history. To add, she infuses history with a natural sense of verisimil [...]
The ability of Jocelyn Green to depict a desolation so obsolete but personify inherent feelings within each of us is stunning. It was a joy to read the history of my hometown through the eyes of Green’s characters. I’ll see the French Quarters with new eyes, and appreciate the foundation of our state as one of hardship and turmoil, but also of perseverance and hope.The storyline was not, per say, new. I’ve read of midwifes and their loss of babies or mothers, and the judgement that followe [...]
I'll add more details once I write my review for the LitFuse Blog Tour in a few days but I will add that the writing was EXCELLENT. Didn't hesitate giving it 5 stars.UPDATED: I've been following this book ever since Jocelyn Green announced it had been contracted and would be releasing in early 2017. And although I didn't know a thing about it, I couldn't wait to read it simply because it was hers.What I found in the pages of The Mark of the King was a story brimming with raw struggles, yet alway [...]
Whew, quite the story! There's so much here, and yet the story also is descriptive, sometimes overly so. Some details were gory, some heartbreaking, but the author also makes me root for Julianne every step of the way. Still deciding what all I think.but the ending, with the drawing together of a family, was excellent.Content: over 18
This was on my favorites list by the 3rd chapter. Jocelyn Green wrote an unflinching story about the hardships and triumphs and challenges of colonizing Louisiana. I am not familiar with the history of Louisiana, so this story was new but rang with authenticity. The characters lept off the pages and the plot kept me reading (instead of cooking or eating or anything else). I highly recommend this book!
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.
Quickie review!The Mark of the King truly swept me up in the life of Julianne Chevalier. The historical details are fascinating, and the plot moves at an exciting pace. Vivid descriptions and intense scenes kept me reading as quickly as I could. The descriptions of the fledgling city of New Orleans are nothing I've read about before, and Jocelyn Green bring it into sharp focus. The harshness of the land is evident throughout, and the temerity of Julianne and the other inhabitants is admirable.Th [...]
Originally posted to christianshelfesteem.wordpresCaptivating! The Mark of the King takes place between 1719 and 1722, covering a period of Louisiana's colonial history that is seldom written about in historical fiction. Interesting facts about the living conditions in the French settlement, interactions with the Indians, midwifery, and early medicine bolster the tale, while Jocelyn Green's emotive writing tugs at your heartstrings.Falsely imprisoned in Paris's notorious Salpêtrière, Juliane C [...]
This book really knocked my socks off! I picked it up at the library on a whim and I am so glad I did! It starts off with a prologue that grabbed me in and held me captive until the very last word. This story has so much action and adventure. The history is mind boggling, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! Grab a box of tissues and hold on to your seat historical fiction fans, you won't be disappointed!
Julianne Chevalier's life was in shreds. Convicted for a crime that she didn't commit, she was arrested and branded with the mark of the King of France. Forced to marry and travel to Louisianna with orders to help develop a colony resulted in near hopeless conditions. As a midwife she was scrupulous, but loneliness and adversity were her constant companions. Her brand induced recurring horrors.I loved Julianne's character, a strong, capable young woman whose sensitivity and fortitude accompanied [...]
Magnifique!The Mark of the King is rich in the history of New Orleans. Its history unfolds through the story of Julianne Chevalier, a 25 year old Parisian midwife. I knew that New Orleans had a French influence, but didn't know the details from the early 1700s. Simply fascinating. I really can't say enough about the historical element of this novel.Vivid imagery brings the environment to life. I could feel the humidity and hear the mosquitoes buzzing in my ears. I could visualize the young city. [...]
Rarely do I encounter such well-researched, beautifully-written, theme-rich historical fiction as The Mark of the King. From the first page, I was riveted to Julianne's story. Chock-full of atmospheric detail, this novel transported me to a place I had never read much about, and even though it brought to light horrors I had never heard of, the entirety of the story was wrapped with the repeated theme of the grace of God. I love books that gently bring timeless truths to life (as opposed to spell [...]
This is my first Jocelyn Green book, and it will definitely not be my last. This is really a married romance, and it's nice to see books like that. Yes, it's also a marriage of convenience story, but it moves beyond that quickly.One of the big plusses of this book is that it is set during the start of New Orleans. And what a fascinating part of the story that was! I'm not a N'awlins fan or anything like that, but this was such a unique time period and it was told so very well. I loved every seco [...]
I love learning history through fiction, so this novel went on my TBR list as soon as it made a blip on my radar. And in no way did it disappoint! It is impossible not to get caught up in Julianne’s story from the moment she finds herself wrongfully convicted, through to her forced marriage, and then the trials she endures once she reaches Louisiana – both physical and emotional. And it’s beautifully written, in such a way that the words themselves fade into the background and you become i [...]
When I say that this book is a journey, I mean it. Julianne goes through so much despair and trials that they would break any "ordinary" person. Yet she repeatedly draws on her faith in God and Jesus to help her walk through the worst of times. The author brought this book to life so much, it made me despair for Julianne. It made me despise other characters. It made me hold my breath and brought me to the point of tears. I screamed internally for the abuse of Julianne, empathized with her longin [...]
The Mark of the King, written by Jocelyn Green, is the first book I've read by this author. WOW! All I can say is that The Mark of the King is a book you will Not want to put down. I rode the waves with this one! Green took me on a trip from France in 1719 the land of the free and the home of the brave in rough and tough New Orleans. My favorite character is Julianne far she is a character with so many qualities you just absolutely will laugh with, cry with, cheer on, and cry some more! She's a [...]
The Mark of the King was my first book by Jocelyn Green and it was so good! She is a very talented author and I will definitely read more of her books!!
Why I Choose this Book:I've read other books by Jocelyn Green that I learned a ton from. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, especially when the romance is kept in check. Some of Miss Jocelyn's books have had a little too much romance for my taste, but those parts have been easily skimmed over in the past, so I figured this book would probably be the same. What I Thought about this Book:Oh my lands. Within the first several pages I was already needing to look different historical el [...]
We follow Julianne Chevalier from the prison in Paris to the shores of Louisiana, as she journeys with her new husband, a man she has just met. Made me think of Nazi Germany, trying to make a pure race, Aryan for Germany and French for the King of France.Julianna has been marked by the King of France, on her shoulder, as a murderer, which we witnessed and saw the injustice, made me glad I didn’t live in the 1720’s, and I don’t think it was much better in America, or the territories.When sh [...]
Full review plus author q&a on Faithfully Bookish faithfullybookish/reviReaders, prepare to be completely captivated by this story… WOW!!! The rich cultures and customs from France to the dismal conditions across the sea in Louisiana are fascinating. However, it was the challenging experiences of the characters within this book are what kept me turning page after page long into the night and early morning!Julianne’s journey as a midwife, convicted criminal, and early settler of Louisiana [...]
The Mark of the King was a brand put on Julianne, marking her as a murderer. She was accused of negligence while doing her job as a midwife which went wrong. Another woman's testimony was to her detriment. Branded and put in prison, her life was virtually over. An opportunity to be on a ship with other convicts to be sent to New Orleans appeared to her as a lifeline out. What she didn't know was that the female convicts had to choose among male conflicts on the boat a spouse, and bear children f [...]
Reviewed at The Power of Words: bit/2kB77PpThe Mark of the King is an epic and intense story of courage, determination, betrayal, loss – with hope and redemption running in a steady current along the way. This is the first novel by Jocelyn Green that I’ve read and this skilled author has immediately become a favorite. The Mark of the King is literally a work of art, reflective of a quality that is rare in Christian fiction, and I long for more novels like this. I was totally captured from th [...]
"You are a child of the King; it is His image you bear. King Louis marked you with judgment, but the King of Kings covers you with grace. Whose mark will you now display?"After the last word in this novel, all I felt was bereft. The sadness and peace and forgiveness entwine into a enchanting tale sure to sweep you off your feet. Honestly, starting this book had me searching quite a few reviews to give me a hint of how this would turn out. Needless to say, I was surely disappointed. After complet [...]
This book left me speechless! I have read a lot of historical fiction works, but nothing has compared to this roller coaster of a read.This story of colonial New Orleans will pull you in from the first page! I did not know what to expect, but it was not what the many twists and turns that this book takes. The author does an amazing job at portraying the brutality that many colonists faced, when moving to America. Instead of this happy adventurous atmosphere that you see in other books and even m [...]
The Mark of the King – Jocelyn Green I have never read a book by Jocelyn Green. If I am being completely honest, I requested this book to review and then I didn’t really want to read it. I don’t know why I felt this way, but I did. I am SO glad I already had my copy. I LOVED this book. I loved the cover. I felt hooked on the first page. Julianne is a victim of an unfortunate situation. She is an apprentice midwife, who is requested more than her trainer. Unfortunately, a mother dies after [...]
From the first paragraph of The Mark of the King, I knew this would be a book I’d love. When I finished the last chapter this had proven true. The heroine was misunderstood, mistreated and flawed but with grace and courage she rose above the darkness and trials she faced. Isn’t this what we as human beings strive to do?We read books like this and it challenges and betters us.This story was written about the earliest days of New Orleans when French settlers first came on the scene. There are [...]
I have a soft spot for historicals about New Orleans. As many people do, I love learning about the history of where my people are from (Sidenote: Anyone want to write a historical about California? Specifically Southern California? Just tossing it out there). To think how cities first started always gets my attention.I really loved the history and research. This is a time period I don’t know much about, so my history nerd was all over it. It wasn’t easy living in 1720s NOLA and I appreciated [...]
Excellente histoire! Full Review to come!! :-)
This is the first Jocelyn Green novel that I have read, and it won't be the last. Green writes a very moving story, filled with sadness, humor, mystery, love, and grace. Julianne Chevalier has lost much in life, and when her time as a midwife is cut short, she again wrestles with despair and hopelessness. Branded by the king and sent to a new colony, she is forced into a marriage she doesn't want, and tasked with helping care for new mothers and soldiers in Louisiana. This all comes with a price [...]
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