Friday, January 27, 2017

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green- REVIEWED

About the Book:
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.
My Thoughts:
You wear my name!”  (p. 323)

This quote is the essence of the discovery all of the main characters in Jocelyn Green’s latest book, The Mark of the King, make in their arduous journey in the Louisiana colony in the 1700’s.

For didn’t she know what it was to be buffeted, broken, and in pieces, and unrecognizable version of one’s former self?” (p. 392)

This quote give you a glimpse into the depth of personal challenges and change each character experiences in their journey of discovery.  Green has written an AMAZING story about a little know era of American history, and if you are like me, you are quickly swept up into this, sometimes agonizing, journey of the people who settled the Louisiana territory.  EVERY character has something significant to contribute to the story!  I was amazed, repeatedly, at how intricately every detail fed into another significant story line.  This is a multi-layered story, and by the end of the novel, you are left stunned by the completeness of the journey you take with this amazing set of characters.

Green also weaves a redemptive thread of God’s grace throughout the novel that creates a very impactful sense of God’s purpose in the lives of His children.  Nothing is wasted in His economy – NOTHING!!  So, I must strongly encourage you to PLEASE READ THIS NOVEL!! You will learn so much about American’s beginnings, and the characters will reveal a realistic picture of grace and mercy at the most gut-wrenching level of your heart!!  This is an AMAZING book!! Read it!!

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 GettysburgYankee 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

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