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- Publisher: River North; New edition (June 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00836T5NG
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"This novel left me in awe--of Jocelyn Green's talent in telling a fabulous story, in her attention to historical detail, and how she brings to life a unique aspect of the Civil War." ~Laurie Alice Eakes, author of Heart's Safe Passage
"Fascinating, dramatic, and romantic. Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green sheds light on the harrowing world of Civil War nursing through the eyes of a delightful heroine. Detailed research and a powerful message about mercy make this story a keeper." ~Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of the Wings of Glory series
"With stirring detail and a firm grasp of the historical background, this novel totally engages the reader and shows the difficulties women encounter as they strive to serve the Union and make unconventional choices." ~Carol Kammen, editorial writer for History News (the journal of the American Association for State and Local History) and Tompkins County (N.Y.) Historian
"Powerful, deep, and heartfelt, Wedded to War swept me away with its gripping story and cast of conflicted characters. With so much to discuss held within its pages, it's a top choice for book clubs!" ~Nora St. Laurent, co-founder and CEO of The Book Club Network, columnist for Christian Fiction Online magazine
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Green’s attention to detail was stellar, while in no way drying out the story. Rather, all the details about the Sanitary Commission and the nurses of the Civil War really made the story pop. These nurses were the mothers of what is one of the largest, female dominated professions in the United State and to read about the resistance and hostility they faced was fascinating. Charlotte’s journey as a nurse, as well as her personal growth along the way, made her such a compelling heroine to follow. She knew the path she wanted to take and followed it. The subtle romance thread was perfect for this story. You know it’s there, but it didn’t overshadow the main plot.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two entries in the Heroines Behind the Lines series and am looking forward to the last two books. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Civil War fiction, whether you read or listen to the book. If you are interested in the history of nursing or the modern-day Red Cross, both very interesting subjects and excellently detailed, do yourself a favor and read Wedded to War.
I was given a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
I enjoyed the vivacious characters and felt like I was involved in the story with them. I found the characters vivid and realistic, they evoked strong reactions. On more than one occasion I found myself talking to them wishing they could hear me and heed my warnings!
If you enjoy reading historical stories, especially ones set during the American Civil War, then you will not want to miss out on snagging this story!! You are sure to love it as much as I have! I look forward to reading the other stories in this series.
(I received a copy of this book in audio-book format from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Jocelyn Green does an excellent job bringing her characters to life and the settings are described so well. Even the secondary characters are painted with a fine brush.
I love that the author does extensive research and blends in a great history lesson within the storyline. What sticks with me the most from reading this book is the realistic portrayal of the time period and how difficult the war was for everyone. Having learned about the female nurses was quite interesting as I didn't know there were any during that time period.
If you enjoy learning about the Civil War and like a well written novel, Wedded to War is one you should read. I'm really looking forward to starting the next book in this series.
Well, I may have to take that back, or at least add to it. Ruby O'Flannery is a great example of feminine power and grace as well. As a former prostitute, she realistically struggles with the idea that anyone, even and especially God, could love her. Yet she gradually opens herself up to Edward, Charlotte, and others, and finds her efforts rewarded. Through Ruby, Jocelyn crafts a strong spiritual thread undergirded with some breath-stealing plot twists. This series is called Women Behind the Lines, and it certainly gives you a glimpse of feminine battles, internal and external, not often explored with such depth in Christian fiction. After this I was anxious to read the other books.
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PUBLISHER: RIVER NORTH
PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 1, 2012
RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5 - GOOD
PROS: Well-researched; easy to read; relatively unexplored topic in Christian historical fiction
CONS: Historical details often feel dumped rather than woven into story; third love interest feels unnecessary; Ruby's story feels unfinished; too many perspectives
When the opportunity arises to train as a nurse to aid the Civil War effort, privileged Charlotte Waverly feels called to volunteer. But despite her desire to offer her services, her family and the doctors she works beside are disapproving and unreceptive to her efforts. As her mother and beau continue to be scandalised by her new occupation, Charlotte finds the hospitals where she offers her aid begin to relent and admit that they require the assistance of nurses, even if they are female. But as the war drags on, it becomes apparent that Charlotte will not be returning to her family in New York any time soon. The pressure from her mother and beau piles on, and Charlotte has to consider whether nursing is God's ultimate plan for her or if she should give up her job in order to marry. But could she really marry someone who is so disapproving of the work she feels called to? When a man from her past reappears, Charlotte feels even more challenged about the direction in which she should take her life.
Meanwhile, Irish immigrant Ruby O'Flannery has waved her husband off to war and is still struggling to make ends meet. Her husband's military wages have yet to arrive, and Ruby can't pay her rent with the meagre money she makes from her sewing. As the days turn to weeks, and still no news comes from her husband, she is forced to move out of her apartment and look for other options. Life as a servant appears to be her best option, but after a horrific occurrence, Ruby is forced to leave her place of employment and turn towards a career that only the hopeless choose. When she receives some devastating news, a female doctor takes pity on her and sends her to Washington to aid Charlotte and the other female nurses. Ruby's life looks like it might take a turn for the better. Could this second chance rekindle her faith in God?
Although I spent my entire senior year of high school studying the US Civil War, I don't think I've actually read many fictional accounts of the war. But Jocelyn Green's novel appealed to me as I like to read about unconventional woman, and despite how incredibly squeamish I am, my mother has been a nurse for over twenty years. Wedded to War satisfied the historian in me to some extent, and I could tell from the start that the novel had been meticulously researched. This isn't your typical historical romance novel with a couple of facts hastily thrown in to make it feel authentic. The romance itself isn't at the forefront of the novel, and I appreciated being able to witness Charlotte's character development before she ultimately made the decision on whether or not she should marry.
That said, some readers may be frustrated at the way the historical facts are presented in Wedded to War. As a student of history, I could appreciate how much research Jocelyn had done, and enjoyed reading her notes about the inspiration for the story. But even I felt that the historical details were, at times, not as gently woven into the story as they could have been. I enjoyed the extracts from Georgeanna Woolsey's letters that were interspersed throughout the novel, but there were times when characters quoted from reports and newspapers that felt a bit forced and awkward. I would have preferred to have seen the filth and devastation of some of the hospitals, rather than have a character read a report on the matter. Since I do spend a fair amount of my time reading primary source documents, I like to read a fictional account of history when I pick up a novel, not a regurgitation of a document that I could probably gain access to if I tried. For those who aren't scholars of history, this might not be so much of an issue, but I do hope that the smoother integration of history and fiction is something that Jocelyn focuses on in her next novel.
In her attempts to present as many perspectives on the US Civil War as possible, Jocelyn introduced far more characters than I expected. As well as Charlotte and Ruby, we also have Phineas, Charlotte's beau, her sister and her husband, a doctor and a chaplain. While each of these characters did provide details on different elements of the war experience, I did sometimes feel that I connected with certain characters more than others. While I sympathised with Charlotte and Ruby in particular, and grew to hate Phineas, I never truly got to know Caleb, the doctor, or Edward, the chaplain. In fact, Edward's perspective sometimes felt unnecessary, and I wasn't entirely sure why he was introduced as a third love-interest for Charlotte.
At times, I almost felt that I enjoyed Ruby's sections of the story more than Charlotte's. It was empowering to see Charlotte forcing herself to stay strong despite the horrors she witnessed in her nursing endeavours, but Ruby's situation was so much more precarious. I appreciated that Jocelyn chose to write about women in Ruby's position, who were sometimes forced to turn towards disreputable work in order to support themselves and their families. The treatment of one event in particular and Ruby's guilt and disgrace afterward really evoked sympathy for all the women who were forced to remain silent about the way they'd been treated for fear of social ruin. I was pleased that Ruby's story had an optimistic ending, but did feel that her story was left unfinished. I would have preferred a more conclusive ending to Ruby's story.
Despite the amount of research Jocelyn put into her novel, Wedded to War makes for a surprisingly easy read. I sped through it far faster than I expected, and although some details are a little gruesome, I really got a feel for how it was to be a nurse during the Civil War. As a fiction debut, Wedded to War shows a lot of promise, and I hope that Jocelyn's writing matures as the Heroines Behind the Lines series develops. Wedded to War won't be joining my list of favourite historical novels due to my gripes with the presentation of historical facts and some story-telling elements, but I'm glad that I had the opportunity to learn about some of the lesser known elements of the Civil War. I'm sure that anyone who reads this novel will come out with a greater respect for the women who fought to become nurses.
Charlotte Waverley isn't the usual simpering, helpless heroine. She's feisty and brave and flawed.
I've already cast the film in my head! Benedict Cumberbatch for Caleb Lansing!