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When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering--and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

When the scout doesn't die, as expected, she discovers that he isn't who he claims to be.

While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780802481399
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Series: Heroines Behind the Lines

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For all who have suffered great loss of heart, home, health or family; true home and genuine lasting love can be found.

When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering-and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

But when the scout doesn't die she discovers he isn't who he claims to be .

While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it?

Inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath, Widow of Gettysburg is the Book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series. These books do not need to be read in succession.  For more information & resources about the Heroines Behind the Lines series, visit www.heroinesbehindthelines.com.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

The women of Gettysburg heard their enemy was near so many times that they began overlooking the danger. That was a few days before the Battle of Gettysburg, when the town was still little more than a spot on the map. But when their enemies finally converged on Gettysburg, the town and its people changed forever.
Liberty Holloway, a Gettysburg farm owner and Union widow is transformed when her home is defiled into a Confederate field hospital. Strangers soon take over Gettysburg, forcing Liberty to face shocking scenes of death, traumatic injury, and the untimely reawakening of her fallow heart.
Author Jocelyn Green does a masterful job juggling the different storylines that parallel Liberty's life experiences, creating an urgent desire to continue reading from one cover to the other.
Widow of Gettysburg is Book 2 in the "Heroines Behind the Lines" series and offers readers a compelling, realistic rendition of a woman's life during the Civil War.
-Michelle Lovato, CBA Retailers Magazine

"Widow of Gettysburg" by Jocelyn Green, book two of the "Heroines Behind the Lines" series, kept my interest and gave much insight into just what it was like to live on the battlefield during the Civil War. Women, children, men not involved in the armies...all these were caught in the middle during the Battle of Gettysburg. The armies overran farms, homes, businesses, fields of wheat, forests and all in the way of their cannons, horses, and troops. Those who did not want to get involved in the war certainly were involved when the war came right to their doorstep.

As frightening as it must have been to be in the middle of the bombardments from both sides, so in must have been more frightening to be present during the aftermath when so many men on both sides were killed or maimed. Civilians were pressed into service as nurses and orderlies. So many horrible sights were seen by women and children alike, free men and slaves that their dreams would haunt them for the rest of their lives.

I loved this book and was so disappointed that the book ended when it did. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

I thought that this book was well written and researched and I look forward to reading all in this series. "Heroines Behind the Lines" gives a powerful witness to what must have been the most horrible events of this time in our country.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review by Barb Klein, October 11, 2013, Net Galley


As a supplement to any United States history curriculum, this is a great time to introduce a historical book like this because it correlates with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  This book could easily be integrated into U.S. history after 1875 and pick up with some of the after effects of war.   In much the same way my husband and I require our high school students to read The Diary of Anne Frank, we can now add this book to the historical literature portion of our curriculum.  With a discussion guide included, Jocelyn Green makes leading open communication about this time in our history simple, allowing for encouraging and implementing independent research and investigation of the era she writes about.  The best part is that it is customizable to your own schooling needs.  Spend as little or as much time with this book as you wish, and you will only increase the knowledge and understanding your students have of this pivotal time in America's history!

-So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler.com, August 16, 2013.


"An intriguing look at the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of several women, I was able to read this book during the days of the battle, 150 years later. The only thing that would have made it better would have been there on the battlegrounds for the celebration.
Jocelyn Green interweaves the fictional characters' lives throughout the actual facts from women who were there and facts from research of books on the War, and I think she does it with great finesse.
Liberty, Libby as some people call her, has already lost her young husband to the war, and is in the process of turning their home into a Bed and Breakfast. One morning a young man rode up to her door and calling himself Johnny, this man had met Liberty when she was a young girl living with a woman she thought was her aunt. After riding away that day, Liberty's life became a life of horror and yet a time of learning and growing, and all the while a life of secrecy.
Silas Ford is the son of a slave owner but does not agree with his father's life. Silas starts to attending a seminary but is run off after a letter is received there claiming that Silas is something he's not. His life is intertwined with Liberty's, but will it, can it, stay that way?
Bella Jamison is a freed slave living in Gettysburg. She has secrets in her life, secrets she will go to any lengths to keep. Bella's husband is fighting for the South, in the South, but no money is coming her way. Why not?
I am not an avid history or war fan but enjoyed reading this book, mostly because of the actual accounts from women who lived through that time. The horrors some of these women had to go through are almost unimaginable. I've read enough though to know the atrocities of war are a reality. There were lots of places the accounts made me cry, some made me laugh but I never lost interest clear through. I would recommend this book to all that love history, war tales and romance."

-Cherie Kasper, July 9, 2013

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story Of What Happens After The Battle
    November 10, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jocelyn Green in her new book, Widow of Gettysburg Book Two in the Heroines Behind the Lines series published by River North Fiction takes us into the life of Liberty Holloway during The Civil War in 1863.

    From the Back Cover: Everything is lost at the hands of the Confederate army as war rips through Gettysburg.

    The farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is confiscated by the enemy and converted into a Confederate field hospital, bringing Liberty face-to-face with unspeakable suffering. While Libertys future crumbles, the past comes rushing back to Bella, Libertys hired help and a former slave. Bella finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers-and one reporter learns her secret.

    In the wake of shattered homes and broken bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the fragments the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life? Or will she be able to trust God and the Confederate soldier who may not be who he seems?

    Become immersed in a time when the reality of war and prejudice is met by unfailing love.

    Say Gettysburg and practically everyone knows of the three-day battle that took place there and Lincolns famous address there is even a great movie with that title. What I have never read focused on was what happened to the town after the battle was over. Ms. Green does an outstanding job of bringing the effects of that battle on the town and its people. Liberty Holloway is forced to become a nurse, clean up after wounded and dying soldiers, asked to write their last letters home and assist a cranky surgeon. If you enjoy history like I do then this book is for you. Ms. Green skillfully brings to life soldiers, former slaves, doctors, and the countless women who survived and endured those times. On top of everything there is even a romance worked into the story. Ms. Green makes every one of her characters seem to come alive and it is like actually being back there in 1863 with them. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next one.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from River North Fiction for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This One I Won't Forget!
    June 30, 2014
    Savanna
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beautifully-bittersweet and honest, this book immediately transports readers behind the scenes of one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War. There was a small part of me at first that was nervous to "travel" there. I knew it would be quite a journey through the pages and it was. In fact, it turned out to be - and give - so much more than I expected. I began reading and could hardly stop.

    Inspired by first-person accounts and accompanied by a genuine cast of authentic characters, the story follows nineteen-year-old Liberty Holloway, recently widowed, who is struggling to find herself and provide a living in the tumultuous year of 1863 in a tumultuous town called Gettysburg. Fighting prejudices and reputations, Libbie must face the enemy on her doorstep, the mysteries of her past, and a surprising affection for a man with his own secrets.

    The book covers many various aspects of the time period, everything from emergency amputations to slavery with great tact and respect. Trust me when I say it will hold you in its grip from the first page to the end. I actually burnt the pancakes I was cooking for my hubby one morning because I was standing in the kitchen with my nose buried in the book. ;) Thankfully my sweetie is very patient with my cooking and my distracted reading habits. In that moment, I was far away on the outskirts of Gettysburg, standing in Libbie's front yard with her as she nursed the wounded Confederates.

    I can't help but love riveting stories about life's crossroads. The kindred ties between historical fact and fiction are skillfully combined and hard to distinguish between. The seeds of romance are planted in all the right places and on purpose, without over-threatening and stealing too much away from the rest of the plot. Readers will undoubtedly be intrigued and surprised along the way. If you haven't read anything by Jocelyn Green yet, I know you'll be an avid fan after reading this story. ;)

    This book made such a difference to my visit to Gettysburg last year. It was my first time there in person and yet the grounds already felt so familiar to me in a way. That's the beautiful thing about finding favorite historical novels. They may carry you away to another place and time for a little while, but you'll carry them with you way beyond that in your heart. Widow of Gettysburg was one of those books for me. I won't forget it and I hope you'll read and remember it fondly as well.

    This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
  3. Tennessee
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Complex characters and issues
    June 18, 2014
    Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Widow of Gettysburg is the first book that I've read by Jocelyn Green. The story is intriguing and very thought provoking—not an easy read, but one that invites the reader to ponder the issues. It is evident that the author dug deep into the historical background, and she ably weaves the history onto the pages of her novel. As I read this story of war and pain, I felt as if I was right there in the midst of the blood, horrific smells, and din of Gettysburg and the surrounding hills and fields. It isn't a comfortable place to be. The realism of the war is compounded by the personal problems facing individual characters.

    If you are interested in the Civil War, especially as it was dealt with by civilians, this book is one you will want to read.
  4. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    History Mystery Romance and Drama
    December 20, 2013
    Grace
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    From one who has visited Gettysburg many times and walked the battlefields, I found this book historically accurate. Although this is the second book in the Heroines Behind The Lines

    series, it stands alone in its plot. This was my first time reading a work from this author, and it will not be my last. Because of the beautiful imagery she penned, I was drawn to the very historical landmarks set in this novel.

    This book has everything; history, mystery, romance, and drama. The secrets revealed in Widow of Gettysburg capture the essence of the horror of this time in America, and held me captive until the final page. I enjoyed this book and can not wait to read more works from this author.
  5. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering--and a Rebel scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

    While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

    In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it?

    Widow of Gettysburg is inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath.

    My Review:

    The best element of this story was how Green wove a little bit of a character from her last book, Wedded To War in this novel. I was rather hoping Charlotte would make an appearance, and I was not disappointed. The biggest contrast in this second installment to Heroines Behind The Lines is that while Charlotte was medically trained for her nursing duties, Liberty was not. Liberty is a very likable heroine as you can relate to her struggles to learn how to care for the men brought to her farm.

    And of course, what would a Civil War novel be like if there wasn't the North-against-South story line? Plenty of that tension in this novel, as Liberty is the widow of a Union soldier, and her home is converted into a Confederate field hospital. Surprisingly, this commonly portrayed theme did not keep it from being a wonderful novel with fantastic research, made complete by the fact that Green revives the history of the almost forgotten women who valiantly aided the doctors during the four year conflict. The theme of faith was strong, which makes a winner for me. Recommended for personal reading of anyone who loves history, and a perfect title for Christian book clubs.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
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