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Monday, July 22, 2013

Widow of Gettysburg Review!!!

Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

Book Description:
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 Opinion:
Widow of Gettysburg grabs you right from the beginning and takes you back in time to war, love, and the pain that comes with it.
Just like Wedded to War Jocelyn's tale is haunting and glaringly, historically correct.  There are times when I needed to take a break from reading because the story is just so heavy I need to digest some of it before moving on.  This time she completely threw me for a loop with her twists and turns in the plot.  I love that she always takes a character and shows you that until you walk in their shoes you don't know them at all and they can always change.  Most of them are beautifully complex, and the growth of these people is also beautiful to behold.  I really enjoyed the short return of Charlotte from Wedded to War as well as all of the new characters that fill these pages.  If you want to know how the Civil War really was and felt then this is the series for you!  From the battle field to the surgery table the good, the bad, and the down right haunting are painted with a fabulous story of strength and courage.  I can't really even fathom what these poor women felt as they endured the horrors of war though Jocelyn gives wonderful examples and expressions their emotions.  These people truly got their strength from The Heavenly Father watching over them because otherwise they would not have been able to go on and on.  I love that Jocelyn always wraps up in the end with the history behind her stories.  There she tells you who is real and you is fictional.  With amazing twists and true trials that had to be faced Widow of Gettysburg is a wonderful sequel and stand alone book.  I can't wait for more. 

Songs from the pages of Widow of Gettysburg: "Yankee Doodle Dandy - American Classic with Fife and Drum" performed by Patriotic Fathers, "Wade in the Water" sung by Kathy Mattea, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" sung by Judy Collins, "Hallelujah Chorus" performed by The Church Organ All Stars, "Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest)" performed by Kari Jobe, "Weeping Sad and Lonely (When the Cruel War is Over)" performed by Craig Duncan

Psalm 121 and Psalm 30:5


*I received Widow of Gettysburg for the purpose of reviewing it.  This did not affect my opinion and the above is my honest opinion of this book. ~ASC

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