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. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
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.
Boy does this story take the reader on a journey. The prologue starts off with sadness but at the same time you're rooting for Julianna who is imprisoned for the wrongful death of Marguerite during the labor process. The amount of pain and despair that Julianne is put through is incredulous to the reader. Her character is so strong yet sweet, kind, and gentle. Adelaide, has this attitude against Julianne from the beginning and throws her under the bus and lies; causing her to be imprisoned. Through the story, Julianne is forced to endure many abuses and your heart goes out to her. There were characters, like Adelaide that I learned early on, I do not like! The author does a wonderful job writing this story and bringing life to the book; keeping you pulled in. This truly is a captivating read that I highly recommend.