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TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What an amazing story!August 19, 2013TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5If this is Jocelyn Green's debut novel, wow, what will the next be like?!
I was amazed by this book! The flavor, the very writing style, of Wedded to War is Civil War Era.
I have read quite a few books from the 1800's for school so I have become somewhat familiar with the writing patterns from that time, this book has it!
I was very impressed with the author's attention to detail. Not only were there things that I recognized from reading books from the time period but I also learned a lot of new things. I love history, even read history text books for fun, but the joy of learning through a story is even better.
This was one of the few books, Christian Fiction especially, that spoke of the dirt and filth of war. There were no glorious charges and victories like you see in the movies. No, Wedded to War talks about the lack of supplies and the sometimes needless deaths because of that, the day to day care of washing and feeding wounded and severely ill men, the feeling of helplessness to cure the hurts and wrongs, the questioning of where God is in all of it. This book isn't gory and hopeless, though. It is also the story of redemption, of kindness to strangers, of learning God's will for a person's life and doing it, of finding and/or making your place in this world, of determination and rising above for the good of others.
Each of the characters, except the villain of course, became a friend. It was like invisibly standing over their shoulder, being there, seeing and feeling what they did. The reader is drawn in and for a little while the struggles of the characters become your struggles.
Well written and thought provoking, I am glad that I took the time to read Wedded to War.
I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series, The Widow Of Gettysburg.
(I received this book from Moody Publishers (River North) in exchange for my honest opinion.)
RagdogsAge: Under 18Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good but......June 28, 2013RagdogsAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2*This book was sent to me from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All opinions and comments are my own*
This book has a good storyline and was very well written. Jocelyn Green has a way of capturing the characters emotions.
Charlotte grew up very wealthy and proper and enjoyed her life. However, when the Civil War broke out, she felt the urge to help the soldiers who were doing so much to help their country. So, she did the unthinkable in her mother's eyes and became a nurse.
Now, I am sorry to say that I did not finish the book. There was quite a bit of impure and violent scenes from a sexual perspective that I did care to read. As I said, this book has a good storyline but with the repeating details from above, I do not recommend this book to really anyone under 18.
debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 26, 2013debwilsonSummerfield, FLAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Charlotte Waverly has all she needs to succeed in life - money, affluence and a considerate, patient suitor. When the Civil War breaks out, she feels as if she needs to do more than just sew uniforms and put together supplies for the war effort like all the other women are doing. Upon seeing an article in the newspaper reaching out to the public about the need for nurses, she quickly decides that it is something she can do. Despite the opposition of her mother, and to the horror of her beau, Phineas Hastings, she embarks on her journey.
What she discovers is not at all what she expected. She expected opposition, but not downright hate, disrespect, and resistance to female nurses. Between the overwhelming lack of supplies and medicices for the wounded, and the horrific unpreparedness of the Union Army's Medical Department; Charlotte knows she has found a worthy cause to be a part of despite the fact that her abilities, faith, and perseverance are sorely tested. Will she be able to press on toward a calling she believes she is destined to fulfill? Or will she crack under the strain of a profession no one believes she should have?
I know that nurses weren't always as highly respected as they are today. But I never realized just how hard it was to be a nurse during the Civil War. This novel was not only informative, but rich with history and heart. I found myself cheering Charlotte on, despite the opposition and hardship, and hoping she would succeed against all odds. A very enjoyable and well written novel from first-time author Green.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Everything Christian Fiction should be.May 13, 2013Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wedded to War has succeeded in being everything Christian historical fiction should be: a well written story set in a real time and place that explores serious subjects through unforgettable characters. In short: a great novel.
That is what Jocelyn Green's Wedded to War is...and this is her first novel! "Stunning!" comes to mind if I were told to give a one word review.
When I read about this series, the Heroines Behind the Lines Series, I though to myself "I bet these Civil War stories will really ring true because of the author's experiences as a military wife and because all her other books were for military families. After all, the thoughts and feelings, hopes and losses of those in the military and their families haven't really changed." It is so true... Mrs. Green has written about the Civil War with a depth that makes you love the characters and lets you experience their times.
Her writing is just plain beautiful, that is the best word I have for it. Whether she is writing a reflective scene that lets us see into Dr. Caleb Lansing's heart, or a hospital scene where Nurse Charlotte Waverly is tending the worst of the wounded, each scene is described so well that we are placed there in the moment. We are allowed to see everything fully, and the descriptions never weigh down the story.
In Wedded to War, Jocelyn Green has spun several stories into one novel, and she writes in the exact tone needed for each character so we can get to know them. Whether it is Irish girl Ruby O'Flannery or young chaplain Edward Goodrich, the characters live and breathe on these pages. They live life with passion, and they have many dimensions to their stories.
I am actually glad that I waited to read Wedded To War for so long...because the next book, Widow of Gettysburg has just released and I was able to begin the next volume right away. If you haven't read either, buy both together. They are worth every penny!
And then go connect with Jocelyn Green on her Facebook, Twitter, and websites: Heroines Behind the Lines and JocelynGreen.com so you can keep up with her writing news as she works on the next two books... Yankee of Atlanta and Spy of Richmond!
Thank you to Moody Press for my review copy of this book!
DMcVayAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful bookMay 2, 2013DMcVayAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a wonderful book to read, I had a hard time putting it down. I love the author's use of descriptive words and am amazed at all of the research that must have been done. The story kept me engaged, waiting to find out how everything would come out in the end. Great book!