Saying that Jocelyn Green’s latest novel, The Mark of the King, is the best Christian historical fiction that I’ve read this year would be quite the understatement considering how young 2017 is. Instead, I can emphatically say that it’s the best of the genre that I have read in the last entire year.
Wrongfully imprisoned for the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is exiled to Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. Before the journey, she’s forced to wed a fellow convict. When they arrive in New Orleans, searching for her brother proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
When tragedy strikes, Julianne must find her way in this rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.
What I liked:
- The plot never stopped moving. Major events kept cropping up every few pages. No words were wasted.
- The plot was unpredictable. I was only a few pages from the end of the book before I was able to guess what would happen.
- Characterization was strong.
- The author explored a little-known part of American history. From this history, I gained valuable insights into cultural problems I had never before pondered.
What I disliked:
- Sexual references were too copious and descriptive for a Christian novel. The author led readers fairly close to the actual act.
- The ending seemed a little improbable. However, I can forgive the improbability because it ended so delightfully.
Overall rating 4.5/5 stars
**I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. Opinions expressed are my own.