“Widow of Gettsburg”Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War book 2 by Jocelyn Green, book review
Young widow Liberty Holloway is trying to just hang on the her farm and somehow recover from her husband’s death during the War Between the States. She has recently decided to open her home as an inn for travelers, to bring in some much needed money. But quickly the war finds her, and her farm is overrun with injured soldiers, hundreds of them. She is forced to help with the medical care, including amputations, which at the time was the only tool the military doctors had to save soldiers who had taken a bullet.
Liberty Inn had one paying customer, Amelia Sanger, her former mother-in-law arrived to bury her husband near her son’s grave and live with Liberty. This was quite a shock to Liberty, but being the Southern woman she was, she graciously welcomed Amelia. But when the farm is overrun with injured, Amelia will have no part of it, and brocades herself in Liberty’s room. Liberty wants to have a relationship with Amelia, as she is an orphan, raised by an aunt who made her feel unwanted.
The war changes everything! And this novel tells the story of the sacrifice of the residents of Gettysburg. And it tells of the battles not only with guns, but the issues with color and station. There were several sub plots including the stories of slaves being abused by owners and the journalists who covered the war.
With the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this week, this novel was interesting to read. It had a lot of detail of how the battle was fought and more about the local people and helpers who cared for the wounded and displaced. The character development was excellent and the plot was catchy. There was a lot of information about how the wounded were treated and even rather detailed sections of amputations, it was tastefully written.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Widow of Gettysburg
River North; New Edition edition (April 12, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.
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.