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.
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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.
Widow of Gettysburg is the first book that I've read by Jocelyn Green. The story is intriguing and very thought provokingâ€”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.
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.
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.
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.