About the Book:
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.
First of all, this has to be one of the most beautiful book covers I've seen lately! I would just die for that dress! This is one of those stories that I tuck into my heart and revisit again and again. My favorite aspect of this book is that there is not one hero, but two. Both Simon and Marc-Paul, although very different men who enter Julianne's life under vastly different circumstances, are honorable men worthy of her heart. Joined together under the most brutal of circumstances, Simon- although feisty and brooding- endears my heart with his immediate protectiveness and vow of commitment to Julianne. His love for her grows into the sweetest treasure! After tragedy later in the story, Julianne finds shelter in Marc-Paul's offer of care and protection. Their love grows like a wildfire deep with affection and passion. Marc-Paul, like Simon, is also super protective of the woman he loves. The intrigue of Benjamin's demise, the danger of the unsettled territory, and the darkness cloaking Pascal's intentions makes for an exciting story!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated in any way by the author or publisher.
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of over ten books to date, including The Mark of the King, Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
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