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.