I can’t think of enough good things to say about this book. It grabbed me from beginning to end. I was glad I had the day off because I did not want to put this book down. I did not know what this book was truly about when I started to read it but I was so happy with it. I have not read much about the early time of New Orleans. I did not know that New Orleans was started with criminals. This would have been a very difficult time and you had to be strong to survive. I loved the characters of Julianne and Marc-Paul. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the ContinentAfter 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.