Mark of the King

I am working on a real update for this blog….which I will (hopefully) post sometime in the near future. Until then, I am waaay overdue at posting this book review. Which book I received back in January, finished in February, and…..that’s as far as I got.  Life took over, and I have been providentially busy — too busy to worry over writing. And for me, that’s busy =)

But, without further ado, here’s the review :D

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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.

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.

The Mark of the King was one of those books I wasn’t too very sure of…..and one of those books I enjoyed reading. It piqued my interest originally because of the midwifery aspect of the book — having nearly completed my doula training and having an interest to move into midwifery one day, I am always up to learning about the historical impact of midwifery on a settlement. Mrs. Jocelyn Green did a wonderful job with that portion of the book, and I truly enjoyed reading it.

The storyline itself, outside of the historical aspect, was not one of my favourites. It seemed…..flat, in my opinion. It didn’t leave me wanting to keep reading….and that is rare with a book. It was a blessing, since I was needing a book to quickly sit down when my grandmother needed my help (explained in my last post), but still. The characters just didn’t seem very relatable to me. But, remember I was also distracted, so I may have enjoyed it better if I had an hour or two to devote to reading it. Thankfully, midwifery seemed to take up the majority of the first two thirds of the book…it was only the last third that seemed to drag.

I also enjoyed the herbal aspect of the book, with Julianne learning how to utilize the native herbs and plants in her midwifery practice and in her work as a nurse.

I would give this book about 3.5 stars. I would read it again for practical, historical purposes, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who didn’t have a love for natural birth or natural remedies. I also wouldn’t recommend this book to younger girls, since the main subject was birth. There weren’t any details that were inappropriate or immodest — midwives barely looked at what they were doing in those days — but there were details given about the birthing process.

*I received this book from the publishers in return for my honest review. I was not required to enjoy it* 

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