"The Mark of the King" is the newest novel by Jocelyn Green. The novel follows Julianne, a midwife, through an accidental death in the delivery chamber, her incarceration for that death in France, her forced marriage and an exile to Louisiana. Shortly after arriving she is widowed and takes back up the practice of midwifery. She endures not only the primitive life in Louisiana in the 1700s, but all of the backward politics and sexist injustice that went with it.
This is the first Green novel I have read and I must say I love it. She writes Julianne so clearly it is as if she is a real person. I am not sure how historically accurate this novel is, but judging from the acknowledgment section, it is probably pretty close. It is a true eye opener for the way of life for the times. Warning: There is a miscarriage in the middle of the book. It is pretty honest. It's pretty hard to read actually. I saw my daughter miscarry about three months ago and after crying during this scene in the book, I have elected to stop for now. I will return to reading at a later date. That aside, I would recommend this book to not only history buffs, but to all women. It is truly a brilliant book. I received this novel in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing.