I am sorry to say that my knowledge of this time period is sketchy at best due to the fact that I shy away from most things "war". That said, I found myself absorbed by both the characters in the fiction part of the book, namely Liberty Holloway the heroine, and Bella, the former slave--now free to make her own way in the world, though not without danger-- and the incredibly accurate historical account of those few days that led up to the end of the Civil War.
This book was an eye-opener on so many levels. I was amazed by the depth of character wired into a generation of people, who, when called upon to do the unthinkable, rose to the occasion with grit and determination. Some, like Liberty Holloway, giving of herself and her possessions to help the disabled and wounded enemy who became "just people" who needed aid (and amputations).
Widow of Gettysburg is part of the Heroines Behind the Lines series, and if this book is any indication, I am positive that each one will be worth reading. History lessons disguised as compelling, page turning fiction... What could be better than that?
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Widow of Gettysburg
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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Widow of Gettysburg, go HERE.