Monday, July 23, 2012

Wedded to War
 River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2012)
Jocelyn Green

Kay's Comments:  A keeper! This novel fasinated me. Based on historically accurately events and personalities, the Civil War comes to life. The story is centered around Charlotte, one of the first female nurses in the U.S. Following her heart, she withstands unfathonable adversity to serve using her God-given gifts. She is a wonderful role model for women, then and now.

Since this is fiction, there is some embellishment created by the author to make the story more personal and meaningful. The combination of history and conjucture make for a compelling read.
Beware: There is graphic descriptions of her responsibilites in a war zone; however, it's worth it to fully appreciate the story and the illustration of God's providence. I typically avoid war stories because I can't handle the medical descriptions. In spite of that, I couldn't put this book down.

I can't wait for the next in the series!!

When war erupted, she gave up a life of privilege for a life of significance.
Tending to the army's sick and wounded meant leading a life her mother does not understand and giving up a handsome and approved suitor. Yet Charlotte chooses a life of service over privilege, just as her childhood friend had done when he became a military doctor. She soon discovers that she's combatting more than just the rebellion by becoming a nurse. Will the two men who love her simply stand by and watch as she fights her own battles? Or will their desire for her wage war on her desire to serve God?

Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey's letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering nurses endured. This is the first in the series "Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War," a collection of novels that highlights the crucial contributions made by women during times of war.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Wedded to War, go HERE.

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.

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