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.
This is the first time I have read a book by Green and I have already begun to see where I can acquire her other books. This is one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read.
Green’s superb writing skills brought her characters to life. Julianne was amazing. Her character from beginning to end……oh seriously I felt that women’s pain being poured right onto the pages.
All the supporting characters from Lissette, to Marc-Paul Girard, Lilly, and even Dupree. There story lines and how they intertwined in each others lives, just so well done.
I must say that historical content of this book made my heart leap. I don’t recall ever reading a historical fiction book based in this time period or area. Green did not shy away at all from the hardships that people faced. Be warned there are some difficult topics dealt with in this book. Death, rape, miscarriages, and murder.
Truly though this book was one of the best I have ever read. I was drawn in before I even started reading the first chapter. In the first few pages Green wrote “To all who feel marked by judgement. May your life be marked by the grace of Jesus instead.” I loved those words. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.