The Mark of the King

The Mark of the King

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

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.

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  • The novel was an interesting read. It was filled with mystery, death and romance (love triangle). It was a bit slow in the beginning and middle. However, I kept reading on to see how the story ends and it doesn’t disappoint for those who love happy endings!

  • For some reason, I just could get into this book. . . . I think I am going to hang on to this book for a few years and see if when I try and read it again, if I don’t enjoy it more. If you enjoy historical fiction books, I would say to read an excerpt of this book before you buy it or see if your local library has a copy . . . .

  • Jocelyn Green’s “The Mark of the King” is a beautifully written historical drama.
    Her characters are complex, each carrying his or her own baggage and fears. Green handles the pacing brilliantly — the story pulls you along because you just have to know what happens next. Twists abound in the novel’s plot, and I can tell they were well thought out, not just put there for shock value.
    All of these are good reasons to read “The Mark of the King.”

  • Through the story, Julianne is forced to endure many abuses and your heart goes out to her. There were characters, like Adelaide, I learned early on I do not like! The author does a wonderful job writing this story and bringing life to the book, keeping you pulled in. This truly is a captivating read that I highly recommend.

  • The main characters in Julianne’s world feel almost tangible. The plot bears up against the best historical fiction can offer. I’d never heard of the way Louisiana was populated, nor did I understand the harsh conditions in which prisoners were kept in France during the 1790’s. The religious aspect of the story seemed completely natural, as natural as breathing air. So many beautiful lines were in the text. Reminiscent of such classics as The Scarlet Letter, The Mark of the King carries rich heritage along with the intricately woven fiction. You’re sure to savor every page!

  • I do not want to spoil the reader’s enjoyment of this novel, so I will just say that I read this book in record time because I could not put it down. I found the historical references to be well-researched and presented. Although this is a work of fiction, the reader is treated to well-written descriptions that provide an almost visual understanding of this time in history.

  • “The Mark of the King” by author Jocelyn Green is the story of a woman who has to make hard decisions in her life and has to live through many horrors because of them. When she is left alone more than once in a short time she suffers more than anyone should have to. Will she survive in a strange world? I give this book a 4/5.

  • The book is absolutely riveting! You will not regret reading about these fascinating characters and their plight. Their resolve is inspiring!

  • This historical fiction novel by Jocelyn Green was one of the best I have read lately. I have only been reading the historical fiction genre for about a year and this book is a new favorite. It’s full of emotion and a twists with such a captivating story line. Once I opened the book and began to read the chapters, I simply didn’t want to put it down. . . . Highly recommending this one to friends!

  • While the story is well written and I loved the attention to details, I had a hard time really liking this story, since there are so many hardships that befall the characters! I would have loved a bit more hope in the story.

  • This was my first book by this author and I was surprised that I did end up enjoying this story. . . . The writing of this story is beautiful, as well as the cover. A great read you don’t want to miss out.

  • This book was the perfect read for our Christmas vacation! I hadn’t ever learned the history behind how Louisiana was settled and found the historical backdrop of this novel so very interesting. Julianne is a strong, determined character that held my attention through this novel. The story was much more than just a romance novel – that is a minor part of the overall story, really. I loved that the main part of the story was Julianne and every part of her personality – her work, her brother, her community. The writing style was lovely and the imagery really brought the settlement of New Orleans to life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical novels. It was interesting and shed light on a side of history that I knew nothing about.

  • I really enjoyed this book. It was very different than I was expecting. I liked the interesting, little known historical facts and details. I’ve actually never read anything about the French colonization of America or New Orleans history, so I found it all incredibly intriguing. **full review contains mild spoilers**

  • Jocelyn Green has penned an epic new adventure saga in The Mark of the King.  A fantastic and dramatic look at life in the French Louisiana colony in the early 1720s, I couldn’t put it down.

  • THE MARK OF THE KING was a heartbreaking story of one woman’s life as she goes from a skilled midwife accused of a crime that will keep her imprisoned for life to the possibility of being free in a new land. The author bluntly describes the roughness of the land and the people who are torn by survival and war. Hardship is especially prevalent in the story. Those who enjoy women’s fiction with an inspirational and romantic twist and who don’t mind the blunt situations may enjoy this one. Would also recommend to those who enjoyed “The Wood’s Edge” by Lori Benton.

  • The book captures perfectly a time period in Louisiana during the early colonial days. I was mesmerized by the history and culture during that time. I don’t know if I could have survived fighting off mosquitoes, going through swamp land, facing enemies and having to find ways to get food. I encourage everyone to grab a copy of this emotionally charged historical book that touches on faith, forgiveness, survival , betrayal and love.

  • The Mark of the King is a well-written and fabulous novel. I could not put it down in fear of missing what was going to happen next. I loved the rich history, culture and strong character development. This was one amazing novel you will cherish over and over again.

  • WORD Up! says:

    ‘The Mark of the King’ by Jocelyn Green is a touching, adventurous, heart-wrenching read that engages the heart, mind and emotions. This work of historical fiction paints a picture of human history from which we must learn so we don’t repeat. This is actually a difficult book to review without giving away spoilers to the story because each event is significant and quickly affects the direction the story takes. This makes for an emotional, intense read that is easy to become completely immersed in.

  • Jocelyn Green has given her readers a vivid portrait of life on the French colonial frontier, especially for the women sent there. It’s a mix of hope and despair, and trust and mistrust. Loosely based on historical events, The Mark of the King steadily builds up the tension until it culminates in a ferocious storm and a fight between life and death. Will Julianne survive with all her hopes and dreams intact? Read the book and decide for yourself.

  • I know New Orleans, and the area around there. I’ll admit, I’m not that crazy about that area (gasp! I know!), but history fascinates me. I found this book very intriguing, and well-researched. Since I do know the area (bayous, swamps, etc., and the levees along the Mississippi), it was easy for me to picture the setting. I also was fascinated with a look at late-1700s midwifery.

    If you enjoy history, and the romanticized view of New Orleans (grin), you will enjoy The Mark of the King immensely.

  • The book was well written and full of history. There was never a dull moment as the pages turned. Characters that you grew to love and care about. They pulled at your heartstrings as they struggled, did what they had to do and some survived and some gave it all, their lives.

  • Overall, I really liked this book and I felt that it brought to light an aspect of history that’s often overlooked. I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in learning more about colonial Louisiana or who just likes a good, clean Christian romance.

  • With beautiful, sweeping strokes, Jocelyn Green paints a vivid picture of a lesser known period of history. Julianne Chevalier is a strong character with a resolve to overcome, and her journey held me captive and continues to linger in my mind. Rife with tumult and treachery, The Mark of the King is a riveting tale of redemption, one historical fiction fans won’t want to miss!

  • Q:What surprised you about The Mark of the King or your characters as you wrote their story?

    Jocelyn: There is a child character who shows up in the later chapters of the book, and she surprised me by writing her own scenes in her own voice. I hadn’t intended on allowing her that privilege, especially since she shows up so late in the story, but she totally won me over—and my editors, too!

  • I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a story-line quite like this one. I was totally drawn into the life of Julianne and felt so many emotions while reading her story. A very well written book with a depth that will keep you turning pages and leave you feeling satisfied. 🙂

  • A Rup Life says:

    The characters are well developed and the story has many factual places and events. Jocelyn Green has really given us a wonderful look at early America and New Orleans. I loved this book and read it fast from cover to cover – it was that good!

  • If you like historical fiction, then this book is definitely for you. The historical details are very well written and I loved learning about how Louisiana got its start. My favorite part of the book was how Julianne and Marc-Paul found mercy, grace, and love. Their story reminded me of how God can take what others mean for evil and turn it into good. However, there were parts of the story that did not appeal to me. The story is very graphic and this caused me to not enjoy the book as much. From the overtly detailed birthing experiences to the mistreatment of women, I felt like there was too much detail given pertaining to these matters. Because of these details I would not recommend this book to young readers.

  • Julianne’s client died and the wrong person received the mark of the king. I’m sure you can figure out that a French prison in 1719 isn’t a very pleasant place.

    A desperate Julianne manages to trade prison for exile to Louisiana.

    In the meantime she has to try to overcome the stigma of the mark. Few people are willing to give her a chance. Will she be able to overcome her past as she attempts to survive in this land of mud and savages?

  • “The Mark of the King” held me captive from page one. It was both difficult and fascinating to read about life during that period of time and how truly powerless many men and women were. Once again an author’s careful research provided me with details not found in my high school history classes. . . . I highly recommend this book and eagerly look forward to the next one in this series.

  • I recommend this book to everyone, and if I had the ability to provide a copy to all the bibliophiles in the world, I would. No scratch that I would give this book to everyone. I highly recommend reading this beautiful book, to set your new year off right. I highly recommend reading this book if you want to have characters move, and intrigue you to the last page. So do yourself a favor, and your bookshelf a favor and get this book into your hands.

  • I was introduced to Jocelyn Green’s books when I read her Civil War Series, Heroines Behind the Lines. The amount of detail to the locations, the dress, historical aspects, along with her superb writing style made her books pop and come alive. When I heard she was coming out with a new book, I watched and waited anxiously for the day I could read it. I was not disappointed.

  • Jocelyn Green does a great job in bringing the story to life. She paints the landscape and environment of the wilds of the Louisiana colony in a way that makes it very vivid in your mind. You really got to know the characters and felt that you were experiencing the challenges and heartaches along with them. I highly recommend this book, as I thoroughly enjoyed it and was drawn in on each and every page. The night that I finished the book, I stayed up way later than I should have, because I simply could not put down the book without knowing the outcome and the fate of those characters that I had grown to love.

  • This book was definitely interesting. There were all kinds of historical facts that I had no idea about concerning how Louisiana was settled. I liked that there was a sense of mystery surrounding Julianne’s brother and his whereabouts. It kept the story moving along. Several of the characters were presented in such a way that you knew there must be more to the story than was being said. Stories with intrigue are always a winner for keeping me interested.

  • I read Jocelyn Green’s Civil War Behind the Line Series where she explores heroines who faced insurmountable odds to bring aid, comfort and more to the war effort. Now, the author brings to life a time where women were selected, forced to marry and then transported across the ocean to populate the colony of Louisiana. . . . If you like a novel that has romance, history and a tale about grace that covers all marks of sin, then look no further!

  • 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 didn’t know exactly what to expect when I started reading the book, but to my surprise, it’s written really well, 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.

  • Green’s newest release, The Mark of the King takes you into the history of Louisiana’s settlement by the French, and I believe this is Green’s greatest work yet. With great attention to detail, Green leads you into the French colony of New Orleans in the late 1700’s. I couldn’t put this book down and thoroughly enjoyed the characters, plot twists, and historical setting of New Orleans. This is a masterful, must-read.

  • If you want to enjoy a great Christian Historical Fiction and learn a bit of history, at the same time, this book is for you. I have to say this book far exceeded my expectations. Well written and beautifully crafted…takes one back in time.

  • This was my first time reading anything by Jocelyn Green, and like always I’m nervous when reading something an author who is new to me. I worry if they will get historical facts correct, or whether the characters are in depth or if they are flat and boring. Thankfully that was not the case with “Mark of the King”

  • The Mark of the King is a book that kept me turning pages. It was not a pleasant book in many ways, because the subject matter is not pleasant. But Jocelyn Green brought French history and early New Orleans to life for me.

    I learned much I didn’t know about treatment of prisoners in France at the time—the squalor, ill treatment, and hopelessness they endured. Moving forward, life on the ship then in the “town” of New Orleans was described in great detail.

  • Moments says:

    This is such a great historical read! The setting is unique and I found myself transported back to the early 1700’s and to how this land was as an early colony.  It was easy to imagine how life was for Julianne in this time period, the unpleasantness she had to suffer through and the hardships.  However, the grace and love she experiences was so apparent as well adding hope and leaving me wanting to read more!  I highly recommend this book for historical fiction fans!

  • Jocelyn is a wonderful storyteller, and I was immediately sucked into Julianne’s world within minutes of opening the pages. I absolutely fell in love with her, and with Marc-Paul, so I completely devoured this story! The only problem I had with this book is that I just didn’t want it to end the way it did! It was too short; I wanted to know what happened next!!! Julianne Chevalier is by far one of the strongest characters I have ever read about. I loved watching her thrive despite all she faced. And, I absolutely love Marc-Paul. I absolutely melted through quite a bit of this book, as Marc-Paul absolutely swept me off my feet. He’s that good.

  • This story is about being an over comer, and forgiveness both of others and yourself. I was completely immersed in the story at page one and each page became a new experience into Louisiana.

    The characters were real and vibrant. I cheered for them and hurt with them as they made their way through the uncharted territory of Louisiana.

    Highly recommended!

  • If any of Ms. Green’s previous novels resonate the way this one has with me, I’ve really been missing out! The Mark of the King is an A-1 Christian historical!

  • The Mark Of The King is a tale of love and loss, spies, sabotage and espionage. All these elements combine to produce a cracking story.It was a real swash buckling adventure that was impossible to put down. I can highly recommend it.

  • 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 that Green did not sugar coat or shy away from hard details and incidents. They played too important of a piece to not include….

  • If you’re a history buff, you will love this book. If you’re not really “into” history, this story will grab your attention and give you a new appreciation for the people who came before you and I and settled in this land of the free.

  • This story was so beautifully rich! Historical details woven in to the very fabric of the pages made you feel like you were in 18th century Louisiana right along with the Julianne and Marc-Paul. And the emotions were written so well that it seemed I was experiencing them myself; devastation, loss, heartbreak, fear, hope, love, grace, forgiveness, and others. It took my breath away at times.

  • This book was AMAZING! Jocelyn Green just shot to the top of my favorite author list and I can’t wait to read more from her.

    This book had mystery, intrigue, love and so much history – I just loved every minute of it! I highly recommend The Mark of the King! Jocelyn Green is so talented and this book was so interesting and amazing – I couldn’t put it down and was so sad when it was done!

  • The Mark of the King was outside of my regular genres that I read and review. Historical fiction from the 1700s is not what I usually read. I tend to get comfortable, but I am so glad I went outside of my comfort zone and read this book! Although on the long side at 395 pages, I read The Mark of the King quickly because I could not wait to find out what happened next.

  • The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green was a WOW book. This story drew me in and would not let me go. From the first page to the last, the story of Julianne Chevalier is one wrought with danger, prejudice and oftentimes shows man’s inhumanity towards each other. There were scenes that were hard to read and one in particular made me so emotional I was crying. Ms. Green definitely has a way with words that had me there in New Orleans hearing the buzzing of the mosquitos and the squish of the mud. This is not a lighthearted read as this story takes us on a roller coaster of emotions. We get to know the characters well, and we feel their pain and losses. I like that this is story was no cookie cutter.

  • Green does an amazing job with the sights, sounds, and smells of eighteenth century Louisiana, as well as the range of emotions our characters experience. This is a thick book, but I never wanted to put it down. I will certainly be looking to read more stories from this author in the future!

  • What I found in the pages of The Mark of the King was a story brimming with raw struggles, yet always pointing to hope. . . . This is a serious book. It is extremely well-written and basically BEAUTIFUL.

  • 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!!

  • This novel was so interesting. There were so many twists and turns throughout her story and it was hard to know who to trust and what information was going to come up next! I really enjoyed the story and it captivated my attention.

    Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book.

  • Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is a historical novel with romance, history and plenty of action. The descriptive scenes were incredibly well written as if the reader was there with the characters. The intricate balance of plot, characters, setting, dialogue and climax was immensely appealing. I could not put this book down.

    If you want to get lost in a historical romance, check out The Mark of the King.

  • Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish this book. I really tried but couldn’t get into the story. I think it just wasn’t for me.

  • From the initial birth which resulted in Julianne’s prison sentence to the last page of the book, I was drawn into the suspense and the romance, but most of all into the portrayal of one of America’s most iconic cities.

  • The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green. Wow this is the first book that I have read by Jocelyn is surely won’t be my last. She writes a breathtaking

  • The story was masterfully crafted to bring you in with the characters as they faced struggles of all kinds in the settling of this new colony.

  • The Mark of the King is the latest book written by Jocelyn Green and oh my goodness it’s fantastic. . . . I could not put this book down from start to finish. This book transported me to 1700’s France, the ship to America, and then to the wilds of Louisiana. I loved Jocelyn Green’s writing. She puts her readers right there in the thick of it and makes flawless transitions from past to present in 1700’s.

  • This book started off with such great promise but for me anyways it really did not live up to what I was hoping. The historical detail was top notch but the story line was a bit too depressing for my taste as it seemed like one bad thing after another happened which got a bit old.

  • The Mark of the King is an incredibly well-written book that grabs a hold of your attention and wont let go. Detailing the struggles underwent by the original colonists of New Orleans, the novel follows Julianne through a life of heartache as she learns that only God’s opinion of her matters and only following his will is able to bring her joy. This message is woven into the history of the colonies, a time when faith was heavily regulated by the church.

  • The Mark of The King is no less than an awe-inspiring work of art. Filled with page after page of historical stories rarely spoken of, Jocelyn’s writing style and attention to detail leaves nothing to be desired. When I picked this up, I knew little about this time period, about this place, and about the injustices done to the people that first settled there. Now I want to know what else I’ve missed!

  • One minute I was rooting for a character because I believed redemption could occur, and the next minute I wasn’t sure just what to hope for. I would cry for how people were treated, then cry some more because of loss or even the illusion of things lost. To be able to send a reader on such an emotionally turbulent ride – to me – is a sign of a great writer.

  • I really enjoyed this book and learned alot about the founding of Louisiana and the struggle to form the territory with some of the Indian tribes being hostile and the competition with England to settle the colony. I learned a bit about the judicial system. I read this book with anticipation and eagerly turned the pages to find out what would happen next.

  • An epic and intense story of courage, determination, betrayal, loss – with hope and redemption running in a steady current along the way. This is literally a work of art, reflective of a quality that is rare in Christian fiction. I was totally captured from the very first page and quickly became completely immersed in the characters, setting, and history.The prose is exquisite, almost poetic at times, and the characters are well defined.

  • Noveltea says:

    I enjoyed reading the book and learning from it. I also look forward to researching that era and that place more in the future. Miss Jocelyn does a fantastic job of making history come alive to me, and for that I’m very thankful.

  • When I finished this book, all I could say was WOW! From the very beginning, emotions and tension was at a high level. All throughout this book, I found myself reading, and re-reading much of the story as it unfolded. Because of the excruciating scenes, I also found myself putting the book down to digest what I had just read. The historical scenes are so fully detailed, the characters so well created and developed throughout this story, I was in awe of just how beautifully Jocelyn Green pinned this amazing story.

  • Having never ready stories from the French occupation and settlement of Louisiana, I was completely sucked into this story! I was brought back in time to forced marriages, harrowing trips across the ocean, and life in an unsettled land.

  • The story is well written and kept my attention. There is just enough action to keep the story moving without bogging it down in details. There are also twists and turns I saw coming and quite a few I didn’t and enjoyed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This is suspenseful and full of good plot twists and characters. I love the little girl she gets to mother and the complexities of her character. I love her relationship with Marc-Paul and lets not even get into her brother.

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