My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Recieved from Publisher to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Romance
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: Usually when I think of the settlement of the United States, I think of the British settlers. It is easy to forget that other countries also settled here and have left an imprint in their area. This book focuses on the settlement of New Orleans. It was settled by the French.
This book takes a look at a fictional colonist. She was a convict sent to the United States, forced to marry so that France could build a colony. She has the brand of a murderer, a crime that she did not commit, but will forever haunt her and limit her abilities as a mid-wife. She is a woman of faith and strong character. No matter what is thrown at her, she rises and thrives.
The Mark of the King has a complex plot. There are many factions of government, spies, and traitors in the colony. Each is seeking to move their plans forward, often at the expense of others. The people are poor and undernourished. The colony is struggling, but there is a definite power struggle.
I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more of the history of the United States. While the characters are fictional, most of the book is based on the facts of the settlement.
This book has some violence, behind closed doors intimacy, and kissing.
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