Life in This New World Requires More Strength Than She Ever Imagined
After the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is imprisoned and branded, marking her as a criminal beyond redemption. Hoping to reunite with her brother, a soldier, she trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. The price of her transport, however, is a forced marriage to a fellow convict.
New Orleans is nothing like Julianne expects. The settlement is steeped in mud and mosquitoes, and there is no news of her brother, Benjamin. When tragedy strikes, she turns to military officer Marc-Paul Girard for help, but does he know more about her brother than he will admit?
With her dreams shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous land, where only grace–and love–can overcome the stigma of the king’s mark upon her shoulder.
I had missed Jocelyn’s writing. I so adored her Civil War series and was anxious to see what she would come up with next. I was not disappointed.
This book every bit as good as her previous but tackling a different time and place. It’s obvious that Jocelyn has done her research when it comes to this time in history.
We are quickly endeared to Julianne. The opening scene still haunts me and the tragedy that insured.
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with Julianne marrying Simon, at first he didn’t seem that bad, I thought they might fall in love. But then Marc-Paul is introduced and I wasn’t sure where the story might go and had to keep reading to see.
There are many interesting characters introduced in this book that add to the depth of the story.
Jocelyn has hit another one out of the park with this newest release and I highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.