March 13, 2015

Wedded to War

Hugging the well-worn Bible to her chest, she rocked back and forth on the edge of her chair trying desperately to fill her mind with something—anything—other than the memories that came unbidden now

Wedded to War, by Jocelyn Green, is the first book in the three-book series, Heroines Behind the Lines, and fares well as a stand-alone. As with the other books in this series, the extensive research is evident and makes the story come alive. The book is given a hardy helping of historical facts and wartime flavor that quickly pulls the reader in, and the characters are believable (fiction from non-fiction), and memorable.

Interesting fact: 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.

Wealthy Charlotte Waverly abandons her New York City life to band with other women who become the first Army nurses of the North. It was impossible to foresee the hardships and prejudices they would encounter, but they trudge along and face each battle with admirable inner strength. The bad guys are easy to loathe, and I find myself rooting for this band of nurses. I can’t imagine going through what they went through.

5 Stars

Cover: Like it

Title: Like it

Publisher: River North

Pages: 400
First Lines: When Charlotte and Alice told their mother they were taking the omnibus down Broadway they weren’t lying. They just didn’t tell her where they would be getting off. There was simply no time for an argument today.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from MPNewsroom but was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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