Prepare to be shocked by this next statement: I read a book about the Civil War and I loved it. It’s like me saying I love Del Taco. You know, like I’ve never mentioned that before to the internet.
Here’s why I liked it:
1. I really enjoyed the first book in the series Wedded to War.
2. Jocelyn Green bases her stories off of real people. I love that.
3. It deals with the Civil War.
4. There was mention of the Massachusetts 54th.
Widow of Gettysburg is a fantastic and wonderful second book of Jocelyn Green’s Heroines Behind the Lines series. A tale of sacrifice, love, family, war and strength all mixed together beautifully by Green’s writing. If you love historical fiction, you’ll love this one.
Once the book hit the start of the battle I couldn’t put it down. As much as I talk about history and the Civil War, I’ve never studied or read much about those who lived in Gettysburg. Maybe because my research never dealt with the battle at Gettysburg, but what a story that city holds. Oh man, what that must have been like! Green’s descriptions and storytelling brought to life how it was for those who lived there.
Plus there were a few things that I didn’t see coming AT ALL. About 35% in….wha???????????????????????? That is all folks. If you’ve read it, you have to tell me what you thought!
One thing I shouldn’t have done was read this before work. Stories of mamas losing their sons…there went my makeup.
I ended the book wanting to watch Glory again and felt better for reading the story of those who were just as brave as the soldiers who fought for freedom.
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.
Read it folks!