Wedded to War follows the lives of four very different people, caught in the middle of the Civil War.
Charlotte is determined to make a difference in a man's work as a battlefield nurse. Dr. Caleb Lansing is a surgeon who has loved Charlotte since childhood but when he suddenly disappeared after her father's death they became nothing more than "old friends". Phineas Hastings, Charlotte's suitor is a man of dark secrets and dual personalities who is running from his poverty infested past. Ruby O'Flannery is an Irish immigrant living in the Five-Point slum of New York City. When her husband joins the Union army she must do what she can to survive,but the consequences and guilt are more than she can take, all she wants is a second chance. But her "second chance" comes with scandal and blackmail.
I don't want to reveal too much about the plot but it was AMAZING!!!
This is historical fiction at its best! It was gritty, believable, and extremely informative and insightful!
The research that was obviously put into this novel is immaculate! If you like historical fiction you HAVE to read this book!!!!!
I will be anxiously awaiting more historical fiction form Jocelyn Green!
I received this book free from Moody Press in exchange for an honest review.
Charlotte wants to become a nurse as her part in serving God and her country. It has nothing to do with money or status, far from it. She has to go against her mother, her beau and just about everyone that crosses her path in the struggle to become a nurse. The Army and the medical field do not want women in any way involved the war. The nurses were treated without respect by the majority of the doctors and at times to the point of putting there lives in danger. Women were suppose to stay at home and wait for the men to return and they were allowed ready supplies like bandages, socks, blankets and such to send to the soldiers.
Charlotte is one determined head strong woman and will not let anyone or anything stand in her way to become a nurse even if it does mean to be sent into the fields of battle to care for the wounded soldiers. Her childhood friend is a physician in the Army. He encourages her to go where God leads and to listen to God's voice. But her beau will stop at anything to bring her back home even if by force.
This book gripped my heart and angered me at the disrespect these devoted and loving women went through to help care for the soldiers. I could not put the book down. It was riveting! The author gives us intrigue, adventure, mystery, suspense, romance and a commitment to oneself and God.
I wanted to read more about these women that served with all there heart and soul, putting their lives on the line. I commend these steadfast loyal women that served and suffered during the Civil War.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing Newsroom for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.
Jocelyn Green has written a wonderful book in her new "Heroines Behind the Lines" Civil War book series. This is a work of fiction, but is heavily based in fact. It was a fascinating read on the trials and horrors of the time. Charlotte wants to be more than just an empty-headed, pretty woman on some man's arm. Her greatest desire is to have her life count for something. She fights with everything she has against overwhelming obstacles to be able to work as a nurse during the civil war. She endures incomprehensible circumstances to be able to do that work. She can be overly strong and opinionated, but as the book progresses, you start to see some growth. I very much appreciated when Alice (her sister) calls her on her attitude towards men in authority, though I wish she had not let Charlotte get away with a couple of her nastier comments.
This is a hard review to write without giving spoilers. The author wrote a very gritty, realistic book, but there were times when it felt she was pushing a little too hard--going for shock factor. I also had a hard time with the fact that Charlotte stands there while her fiance verbally attacks, with no discernable reason (at least to Charlotte at the time) Ruby, the woman she has taken under her wing and she doesn't really do anything. This from the girl that stands up to everyone--sometimes to her detriment. Ruby's story is woven throughout the book adding even more depth to the story.
I love a book that makes me root for the characters, and this one certainly did. The added bonus is the "History Behind the Story" at the end that gives a short sketch of the characters that were taken from history, and the bibliography to help anyone who would like to read more on the subjects in the book. Very well done book. I look forward to reading the sequels as they come out!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
After finishing, "Wedded to War," all I could say was, "Wow!" Jocelyn Green placed herself next to my other favorite historical authors: Lynn Austin and Francine Rivers. The suspenseful love story is relatable on numerous levels as Jocelyn breathes life into history. Determination, compassion, shame, deception, search for love, and honor to country are just a few of the attributes found in Jocelyn's characters. Her historical exactness, poignant theme, and keen descriptions of the smells, sounds, and sites dropped me right into the era's scenarios as if I were traveling the civil war's streets myself. I'm a nurse, and Jocelyn gifted me with such a great appreciation for those women pioneers who paved the way for those desiring a medical profession in a male-dominated world. Jocelyn's gentle, nonjudgmental Christian witness invites all who experience fearful and challenging situations to find hope. Her adventurous settings, relatable characters, and unforgettable story line will leave you sad that it has to end. I can't wait until Jocelyn's next book in the series releases!
I really enjoyed Wedded To War. It was extremely well written, which you can't always say in the Christian fiction world. The story was gripping and the characters believable. The dialogue was also great! I definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially those who love historical fiction!