I highly recommend this new book by Jocelyn Green. I loved the setting and the characters. You don't get a lot of historical fiction set in the deep south. This one is set during colonial times in New Orleans. Lots of swamps, mosquitoes, and gators. It's also very hot. The author does a great job of setting up the exotic atmosphere.
It is set during a fascinating time in history. France is trying to colonize their part of the new world, and they're using convicts to do it. The main character finds herself in a difficult situation. She chooses exile and marriage to a complete stranger to start a new life. I love marriage of convenience stories. This one has a lot of hope and heart break. There is also a mystery surrounding the main character's brother that adds a lot of suspense to the plot.
The faith elements are woven in very well. Redemption and forgiveness are important themes, as is prayer and sacrifice. I would recommend this books to readers who enjoy historical fiction.
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*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.