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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

Wedded to War is Jocelyn Green's first book in her Heroines Behind the Lines series: Civil War.  This first book covers the beginning of the Civil War when women were called upon to be the first nurses.

Back of the Book Description:
"When war erupted, she traded a life of privilege for a life of significance.  Tending the Union army's sick and wounded meant leaving the man Charlotte Waverly's mother approved of, Phineas Hastings.  Charlotte chose a life of service over privilege--just as her childhood friend Caleb Lansing had when he became a military doctor.  By working in the army hospitals, Charlotte discovers she' combatting more than just the rebellion.  Would the two men who love her be able to stand by and watch as she fights her own battles at home, in the hospitals, and on the battlefield?  Or would their desire for her wage war on her desire to serve God?

Though Wedded to War is a work of fiction, the story is inspired by one Civil War nurse, Georgeanna Woolsey, whose letters and journals, written over 150 years ago offer a thorough look of what pioneering women nurses endured.  This is the first novel in the series Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War, offering an inside look at women's contributions during times of war."

My Thoughts:
This book brings the Civil War to life.  I learned many things that I didn't know concerning our American history.  I love that the story is inspired by a real, live person, Georgeanna Woosley.  Jocelyn Green did a great job helping the reader to connect with the characters.  They are believable and inspiring.  Jocelyn includes information at the beginning of the book on the Sanitary Commission, who is the forerunner of the American Red Cross.  She also includes much more history at the conclusion of the book too.  The research for this book really shows!  One thing that I really didn't care for was the rape that happened in the story.  I really don't care to read about that despicable act.  Other than that, the story was enlightening concerning all that women had to endure to become seen as competent nurses.

For more information about the author, Jocelyn Green, you can visit her website here.  She also has a website just for this series.  You can visit that here.

***I received this free book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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