I must honestly admit that Christian fiction is not my favorite genre. I often find the characters weak, storylines predictable and plots following an almost too perfect rhythm. And then came Wedded to War.
Expertly crafted with a depth of knowledge on the subject matter obvious from page one, it was clear Jocelyn Green took painstaking effort to afford the reader an authentic experience. I felt transported to the era!! Charlotte's character is unique in that she strives to break the mold of traditional expectations NOT in a spirit of rebellion but an effort to embrace her own humanity. Very refreshing!! Great read-I was excited to send my mom a copy!
As a nurse and interested in Civil War, I found this book to be very interesting and enthralling. Loved it! Had trouble putting it down. The characters are excellently described and a true picture of soceity's view of women and nurses. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I gave my copy to our local library staff to read so they will carry Ms. Green's novels.
I found "Wedded to War" quite by accident, but being fascinated by all things Civil War I decided to give it a try. I have to say, Jocelyn Green is now among one of my new favorite authors! I literally couldn't put this novel down! How many times have you read a book/watched a documentary on the Civil War, only to have it focus on the brave men who fought & gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice to God and their country? For once, it is so refreshing to read a tale about the brave WOMEN who gave their service in the bloodiest war our country has ever known. The fact that it is based on an actual woman is most fascinating of all! These events actually happened, and there were strong, independent, BRAVE women, right there with our brave troops!
And as if that wasn't enough to convince you already, the characters are extremely well thought out, and very likeable. You will get emotionally involved with the characters (I promise!), and find yourself cheering on Charlotte, Alice, Ruby & Caleb each step of the way, through each of their triumphs and heartaches, alike.
I would HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone interested in, not only the Civil War, but the plight of women to find some semblance of equality in our country, long before Suffragism had even been thought of. This is an amazing (and accurate) historical account of how a handful of brave women really can make a difference in the world! Kudos to Jocelyn Green on writing such a great novel, and I truly look forward to her next work in the "Heroines Behind the Lines" series!!
Outstanding Depiction of Civil War Nursing Battles
August 20, 2012
Age: Over 65
I love Civil War history and this was truly an eye-opener. I was absolutely taken by the vivid descriptions and accurate portrayals of these strong, capable nurses who fought so many battles just to get to the battlefield! I am at a university and sent this on to the head of our nursing department as a must read!
In addition, the relationship development was very well-done and left your heart aching one moment and triumphant the next as you follow these powerful main characters through those early months of the Civil War.
I read this book in three days because I couldn't put it down. I love history and loved "seeing the civil war in DC" while learning about this brave women whose character is based upon the woman who started the Red Cross. If you want to be inspired as a woman, and if you want to see how close we came to not having the America we enjoy today if it had not been for these amazingly braze women (and a few good men) then you must read this book. Jocelyn has written a compelling story. I can't wait for the next one in this series.