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Wedded to War SAMPLER / New edition - eBook
River North / 2012 / ePub
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Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.
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This is the first book in a series based on the real life stories of women who lived and worked during the Civil War. The author has done extensive research around the lives of military women during the Civil War for a nonfiction title and became inspired to share their stories in a fictionalized depiction based on her historical research.
Charlotte Waverly is a 28 year-old upper-class woman from New York and one of only 100 women chosen for nursing training. On the battlefields, she and the other nurses find themselves up against corruption, opposition and wounded men such as they have never seen before. Charlotte's life intersects with that of an Irish immigrant who turns to the unthinkable when faced with starvation after her husband leaves for war. These women find hope and gain restored lives as war wages all around.
JOCELYN GREEN is an award-winning author, freelance writer and editor. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2008) and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2011). Jocelyn is also co-author for Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan (AMG Publishers 2009), which won the Gold Medal from Military Writers Society of America in 2010. She maintains her own award-winning Web site for military wives at www.faithdeployed.com. She holds a B.A. in English from Taylor University, and is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Christian Authors Network. She and her husband have two children and reside in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
In Jocelyn Green's historical novel Wedded to War, field nurse Charlotte Waverly must decide if it is possible to be faithful to a country she owes her allegiance to while also pursuing a love relationship that has captured her heart.
Charlotte Waverly, born into wealthy society, answers the call for nurse candidates. Recommended by Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell but rebuffed by Dorothea Dix, the director of the female nurses, Charlotte must find her own way into nursing. Finally trained as a hospital matron, she travels to a Washington City hospital, where she is exposed to hands-on nursing. Eventually, she serves on a hospital transport ship.
An intriguing cast of characters cross paths with Charlotte and also with each other in an interwoven plotline. Phineas Hastings, Charlotte's suitor, cloaks his unsuitable former social level. Caleb Lansing, a childhood friend who has disappeared from her life, is in Charlotte's thoughts, along with her hateful letter that separated them. Edward Goodrich, who responds to Charlotte's call for a chaplain to the troops, falls in love with her. And on a path that eventually intersects with Charlotte is the captivating character of Ruby O'Flattery, an Irish immigrant, whose husband has enlisted, leaving her to find more and more desperate ways to support herself while fighting to maintain her identity as "an honest and decent woman."
This is a good story with several unexpected plot twists, even though the ending is predictable. My favorite scene is the confrontation between Dorothea Dix and Charlotte. The issue of the antagonism of men, medical or otherwise, to female nurses is displayed in several forceful scenes. The disapproval of women in general is also represented.
I deeply appreciate the author's handling of the spiritual struggles of various characters. Even the chaplain struggles for answers when confronted with the realities of war. The questions are real, the struggles are painful, and the resolutions are satisfying and rational. - Lynn Brown, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Wow, what an amazing story based on real women in history. When I finished the last page of this book I was changed, much like how I felt after watching Dances with Wolves and Gone with the Wind. Both movies opened my eyes to things I never thought of before or knew existed and it changed how I viewed periods of American history. If only our history book in school was this exciting and memorable. Grin! This is a great book club pick as there is so much to talk about in it. This book is to be experienced and then shared with friends. I highly recommend it.
"Fascinating, dramatic, and romantic, Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green sheds light on the harrowing world of Civil War nursing through the eyes of a delightful heroine. Detailed research and a powerful message about mercy make this story a keeper. This is the first in the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series, and I'm much anticipating the second book!" - Review by Sarah Sundin, SarahSundin.blogspot.com, 7/12/12
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