Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Widow of Gettysburg



Title:  Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines)
Author:  Jocelyn Green
Pages:  384
Year:  2013
Publisher:  River North
Widow of Gettysburg is the second in the Heroines Behind the Lines series, preceded by Wedded to War, both excellently crafted by Jocelyn Green.  When I first started the series, it was due to the setting being in the Civil War timeframe.  Here is a portion of the review I wrote for Wedded to War in 2012:  “This particular novel begins with an explanation about the Sanitary Commission.  As we read about the characters and places, the author does a masterful job of portraying the geographical area so we can see it in our minds as we read.  Perhaps when we look at our nation’s capital and the area around it, we tend to forget it hasn’t always looked as it does now.  Several times we are drawn back to how medicine, ambulances, war, people, immigrants, and more lived as well as died during this time frame.”
I am sure I could tell you about the story at least enough to whet your appetite, but I never would feel as though justice was done.  Why?  The novel seems t o hold more than can be shared in a review plus there are many ways to view a particular work.  The writing here seems to be very well researched and there are some quotes shared from women who actually lived during this particular time during battle.  I cannot imagine the hardships they faced, smells encountered as well as life-altering events that came across their lives in Gettysburg.  Jocelyn does a wonderful job transporting her readers to the time and with the use of such apt descriptions that help the reader formulate a mental picture of the scene in the story.
Times were very different then than they are now and many changes have occurred.  Women were called to or sometimes forced to help the doctors, soldiers and sometimes civilians from either side of the conflict.  Sometimes this meant to care for the wounded long after the battle was over.  Even when the all the accoutrements of war were moved, including the wounded and prisoners, there was so much work left to be done.  Also included in the tale are threads of what life was like for slave and free:  The hatred, forgiveness, healing, revenge and many other emotions that are aptly felt by characters.  What I enjoyed too was the element of faith that both sides had and displayed by prayer, Scripture memorization, singing of hymns and more.  Patriotism was not the central part of the war, but instead the abolishment of slavery regardless of race, creed or for any other reason.
Widow of Gettysburg took me a whole day to read including breaks and all, but what a way to spend the time lost in masterpiece of literature!  Gladly I learned too that there are other stories planned for this series that I am sure will enthrall audiences.  Abraham Lincoln was a man used by God to lead our nation in one of its’ most perilous times; his words still echo in the wind today.  May we today continue to show the courage of those who loved, lived and died in service to God and this country.
My rating is 5+ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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