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    This is an incredible historical novel!

    The depth of the characters is marvelous. Each of the main characters, Julianne Chevalier and Marc-Paul Girard, deal with intense inner turmoil that makes it very difficult to trust others. There are also a number of secondary characters that are hiding deep secrets that cause grave danger to others. The historical content is great. I’ve never looked into 1700s New Orleans and its development. I had never given any thought to the early settlement of New Orleans and the French settlers in the New World. I was absolutely fascinated by my first exposure to this period in the history of America. The amount of detail given in the descriptions is wonderful. My heart felt broken by many of the ordeals and trials that the characters faced. The way that the settlers were treated by the soldiers was appalling. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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    Great read!

    I really enjoyed the historical details in this book. The story line was fantastic! It kept me turning the pages and not wanting to put it down.
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    Wow. Where to begin? Seriously impressed with this book. The history, setting and characters leaped off the pages and I couldn't help but stay up late into the night to read it (“one more chapter” turned into finishing it!). Julianne is charged with the death of her patient and branded for life with “the mark of the king”. She is transported to Louisiana as part of an initiative to populate that region for France, after being forced to marry a fellow convict. Life there is brutal and unforgiving, with the residents in the middle of hostile relationships between the French, the British and Native tribes. There is a lot of violence and the appalling treatment of people all around was sickening. However, though there was heavy content it was handled well and I appreciate the author for not shying away from hard historical facts. The characters came to life and all of them were memorable. I was invested in their well-being and the strength and resilience of Julianne was unbelievable. Marc-Paul was a character that I really respected. The story takes place when New Orleans was little more than a fort and huts in the ground. I've never been there, but it was fascinating to read about the early beginnings of what is now a major city. I felt like I was there! I highly recommend this book. Well worth the read and I will definitely be reading more from this author!

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