Monday, January 30, 2017

Winter Reads: The Mark of the King

Bethany House; 414 pages; $14.99; Blog Tour; Buy Link
Now available from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is the the historical romance The Mark of the King by author Jocelyn Green.

Typically, I prefer my historical romance reads to be set during the 1800s, but ever since I watched the "White Queen" mini-series on DVD last month, I've become interested in reading novels set in other historical periods.

Set during the 18-century, The Mark of the King centers on Julianne Chevalier, a 25-year-old midwife who is imprisoned and marked for death after her client dies. She ends up trading a life sentence in exchange for being exiled from France. With no where else to go, she heads to the French colony of Louisiana to join her brother, Benjamin.

Unfortunately, getting to New Orleans isn't an easy task, so she is forced to marry a convict to get passage from France to Louisiana. New Orleans is nothing like she imagined it would be, and despite her best efforts, she cannot locate her brother. She has no other choice, but to receive help from a military officer, Mar-Paul Girard, in finding her brother.

Final Thoughts: I don't believe I've read any other titles by Jocelyn Green. What caught my eye on this novel in the first place was the outstanding cover art; plus toss in the fact that I'm trying to expand my reading horizons this year.

I don't know exactly what to expect when I started reading the book, but to my surprise, it's written really good, with great descriptions, well developed characters, and lively dialogue. It's over 400 pages, so it too me a bit longer to read it than I had original planned; instead of one morning, it took me several mornings (and several cups of coffee) to finish reading it.

Overall, I enjoyed reading The Mark of the King. I don't read very many books the 1700s, but this one has happens to be one of favorites set in the era.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author: 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 Gettysburg; Yankee 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.

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