I really enjoyed Wedded To War. It was extremely well written, which you can't always say in the Christian fiction world. The story was gripping and the characters believable. The dialogue was also great! I definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially those who love historical fiction!
There are a few reasons I should NOT have enjoyed this book as much as I did: I'm Canadian and can't relate to the Civil War, I've never been interested in war-time stories, I've never been interested in reading about history. And yet I truly enjoyed Wedded to War from cover to cover.
I was fascinated by the rich historical facts about the challenges the first female nurses and doctors faced. I was moved to read about how tough life was for the average American during the war, as well as for the new immigrants and the slaves. I was challenged to consider how much I take for granted in my peaceful, affluent country today when so many before me and in different places faced unbelievable hardships and fought to make this shared land the wonderful place that it is.
And then I was uplifted by the experiences of the story's characters, even if most of them were fictional, and the reminders of how God works in our lives when we're faithful and obedient, when we trust Him even when it doesn't make sense.
I also fell in love with the characters. Even the nasty ones were fascinating! The people in these stories are real and I love how the author never tried to paint any of them as perfect or having it all together. Each one fought his or her own inner battles and had to make things right with God.
For a debut novel, this is a great success by Jocelyn Green. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
Jocelyn Green's incredible research, deep characters, compelling story, and brilliant writing has upped the standard of Christian Fiction. This gritty tale takes the reader into hospitals where passion and pain mix. Love and devotion, depravity, death, and hope are found on every page. Don't miss this remarkable story.
Peter Leavell, Award Winning Author of 'Gideon's Call.'
Jocelyn Green did a wonderful job writing Wedded to War! I have not read too many historical fiction books, but am super glad I chose this one. She made the Civil War come alive for me and I am anxious to continue reading the series. I was inspired by Charlotte's determination and outspokenness and how she really proved herself to everyone who doubted her (or the female race in general). I really appreciated how she integrated God's love into the characters and how they were reminded throughout the story to follow God's Word. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read about romance, suspense, danger, faith, history_.it's got it all!