Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers
“Everything begins and ends with grace.”
The Mark of the King is a beautifully written story of a young Parisian midwife sentenced unfairly for a crime she did not commit. As part of her punishment she is sent to the colony of New Orleans on a convict ship after being forced to marry a male prisoner. The story follows Julianne’s unusual story as she and her husband Simon are delivered to the colony of New Orleans to help populate the struggling settlement.
The tale is filled with Julianne’s struggles in the new world; the loss of her husband, her marriage to a French Captain, and the search for her missing brother. Her struggles and her strength and courage to succeed in this rough country shine throughout this story.
I really enjoyed the historical detail about this time period in America’s history. I had never heard of this very interesting aspect of the settling of Louisiana by the French. The inclusion of real historical characters always adds depth to historical fiction. The story also included an amazing number of lessons learned by our characters and cherished by this reader. These lessons include forgiveness, doing the right thing, and living a life filled with grace. Experience Julianne’s tragedies and triumphs! I loved this book and I hope you will too! Outstanding read for fans of historical fiction or inspirational historical fiction!
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
Publication Date: October 2015
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House
Luther and Katharina is a fascinating novel based on a framework of true facts about Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina, a former nun. With the spread of Martin Luther’s message, an exodus from the Roman Catholic theological community began in the early 1500’s. Nuns and priests who had an interest in marriage and family found means of escape from the convents and monasteries to which many had been connected since childhood.
The story predominantly deals with Luther’s life after meeting Katharina during a very tumultuous time in history. Their story, while containing romance, is really one of grittiness, turmoil, and perseverance. Luther spreads his message while continually living on the edge of poverty and threats. He struggles with trying to support the peasants who use his message in a manner he never intended, with physical force. At the same time, in order to stay free of prison and hanging, Luther needs the support of the royalty. He walks a fine line both mentally and physically in trying to resolve his choices.
The story is filled with a cast of interesting characters from the friends who protect and support Martin Luther to Aunt Lena and the multitude of nuns that escaped the Marienthron abbey. The messages of faith, acceptance, and forgiveness run throughout the novel. The pace and voice of the novel are compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook Multnomah and Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.