Widow Of Gettysburg
Heroines Behind The Lines: Civil War book 2
by Jocelyn Green
-From the back cover-
Everything is lost at the hands of
the Confederatearmy as war
rips through Gettysburg.
The farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is confiscated by the enemy and converted into a Confederate field hospital, bring Liberty face-to-face with unspeakable suffering. While Liberty's future crumbles, the past comes rushing back to Bella, Liberty's hired help and a former slave. Bella fins 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 what he seems?
Become immersed in a time when the reality of
war and prejudice is met by unfailing love.
Widow of Gettysburg is a work if fiction inspired by first-person accounts from women whose letters and journals offer a peek into the lives of women living in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath. This is the second book in the series Heroines Behind The Lines: Civil War, offering an inside look at women's contributions during times of war. For more information about the series, visit: www.heroinesbehindthelines.com.
Another soul-stirring and heart-rending story from Jocelyn Green.
I absolutely cannot believe how much Jocelyn Green packed into 360+ pages. Not only the detailed history, but the raw emotion, and valuable lessons that left me convicted.
This Book earned a 5 Bark rating.
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Honestly, I was so emotionally wrung out after reading that I didn't pick up another book for awhile. Instead, I thought on the book and wondered what I would have done in the character's places. That was part of the story that convicted me the most, could I have done what they did? Could I help with amputations like Libbie? I rather realized what a modern wimp, and even coward, that I really am. But a recurring theme that several of the characters repeated gave me a little hope for myself, it is a quote from a diary entry made July 7th, 1863 by Sarah Broadhead, a housewife and volunteer nurse in Gettysburg. “...We do not know until tried what we are capable of.” Another convicting theme is; will we be defined by tragedy and be victims of circumstance or will we rise above, and as the characters say “Go forth”?
The vast amount of research done and a love of history are evident on every page. Jocelyn Green is a master of historical fiction. It was hard to believe that Wedded To War was her debut novel and that Widow Of Gettysburg is only her second. The reader feels as if they are a part of life during the Civil War and not just reading a bunch of dry and boring dates in a history class. Pieces of history that the average modern person might not think about. For instance, I had never thought of the fear a former slave would feel when the Confederates entered Pennsylvania, a Free state, and yet Bella hides for hours in a barrel in the cellar.
Readers will get a taste of the true horrors of war and yet the author manages to tell it without leaving readers in complete shock. Truly told but thoughtfully and sensitively written.
Widow Of Gettysburg is both entertaining and inspiring. A must read for any fan of historical fiction or the Civil War. This reader is anxiously awaiting the next book in the Heroines Behind The Lines: Civil War, Yankee In Atlanta.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives Widow Of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green a 5 Bark rating.
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Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (April 12, 2013)