Thursday, February 20, 2014

Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts
 After thoroughly loving Jocelyn Green's debut novel I could not wait to get my hands of her second! And I loved this one too!
Almost every time we here the name Gettysburg our minds immediately turn to the bloody battle fought there and we often forget that it was just an ordinary town before that dark time. I really liked how this author reminded us of that and really brought this time in history to life.
Being extremely squeamish this book was a little harder to get through due to the fact that a large portion of it took place in a make-shift “hospital” where amputation was the most common treatment. There were several times I had to put the book down to just breathe and calm my stomach before picking it up again! And that is a testament to how amazing this book is! Normally if there was something that made my stomach churn I'd just stop the book but I loved this one so much that I powered through! And the author did do a great job of showing the horrors without getting ridiculously graphic!
Liberty was a great heroine and I loved how she didn't let the color of a person's uniform or skin keep her from helping them! Silas was also a well written hero! And I loved how Charlotte from the first book made an appearance!

So yeah I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend I to history lovers!

Meet the Author
Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America's home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.
Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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