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The Mark of the King grabbed me from the first scene and wouldn’t let me go! The setting is vibrant, unique, and full of fascinating true details about the early French settlement in New Orleans. With arranged marriages, forced immigration, and struggles against starvation, the elements, and warring natives, the story is riveting. A must-read!
A sumptuous, spell-binding evocation of life in 1720’s Louisiana will keep you riveted. The compelling characters and alluring plot take as many twists and turns as a jutting river. I truthfully didn’t know what to expect. Each third of the book pivots in another direction with a welcome surprise. This is far more than a run-of-the-mill CBA historical romance: Green puts poetic pen to an oft-forgotten seminal part of American history. To add, she infuses history with a natural sense of verisimil
But more than just the pitch-perfect historical realization, Green proves adept at weaving a story defined by stark emblemization. Recalling Dickens or Hugo, Green does well at influencing her characters with a swift and soft encounter with Christianity and there is not one paragraph that smacks of inaccessible evangelism.
Gorgeous language, a stirring romance ( fully realized with all of highs and lows of human fallacy), forgiveness, redemption and a chilling villain, The Mark of the King is one of the finest reading experiences I had in 2016.
really liked it
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.
The storyline was not, per say, new. I’ve read of midwifes and their loss of babies or mothers, and the judgement that followed (suc