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Book Trailer: Wedded to War

 

Book Trailer: Widow of Gettysburg



REVIEWS:

Robin Prater
If you are a lover of history this is a book that will surely captivate you. Maybe you love to read. Maybe your lucky if you read one book a year. If it’s only one, this is the one book you need to read. Jocelyn Green is a new author for me, but one that I now admire greatly. Her work here is beautifully created. Her penned words flow as clear as a movie screen before your eyes. The word picture she paints will transport you to another time and place, the Civil War. Specifically to the heart of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and beyond. The...
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Library Journal
“Well-developed characters and attention to detail make this a winning sophomore entry (after Wedded to War) in Green’s historical series. Fans will be pleased. Recommend it to readers of Gilbert Morris. ~Library Journal
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Cherie Kasper
“An intriguing look at the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of several women, I was able to read this book during the days of the battle, 150 years later. The only thing that would have made it better would have been there on the battlegrounds for the celebration. Jocelyn Green interweaves the fictional characters’ lives throughout the actual facts from women who were there and facts from research of books on the War, and I think she does it with great finesse. Liberty, Libby as some people call her, has already lost her young...
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So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler.com
“As a supplement to any United States history curriculum, this is a great time to introduce a historical book like this because it correlates with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  This book could easily be integrated into U.S. history after 1875 and pick up with some of the after effects of war.   In much the same way my husband and I require our high school students to read The Diary of Anne Frank, we can now add this book to the historical literature portion of our curriculum.  With a discussion guide included,...
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Pegg Thomas
“A gut-punching novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way  through.  You’ll re-live the battle of Gettysburg at a whole new  level.  From the viewpoint of the civilians caught between armies, you’ll  hear the cannon, smell the gun powder, and hide your eyes from the carnage  around you. Powerful.  Sobering.  Inspiring. This isn’t a light afternoon read.  This book will challenge how you view  one of the most important battles ever fought in the history of our  country.  It will also...
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Theophilus Farrel
“I have always thought that historical novels are best when they follow the pattern of the true story of Ruth, told in the Book of Ruth. In this Biblical book, the tiny details of the Ruth’s life and the wholesome, growing love between her and Boaz are set against the backdrop of national upheaval and giant questions of faith. I marvel when I read Ruth, because here are homey, ordinary details amidst such a dark and deadly time, the period of the Judges. Famine and fighting surrounded Israel, yet Ruth was trusting God and bowing...
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Diane Kalas
“After reading WEDDED TO WAR, Book 1 of Heroines Behind the Lines, I couldn’t wait until Book 2, WIDOW OF GETTYSBURG was published. Even though I knew what happened in Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863, I devoured the story as if I was learning about the tragic event for the first time. I particularly liked that Jocelyn wrote WIDOW OF GETTYSBURG in five acts: The Gathering Storm, The Heavens Collide, In the Fog, The Smoke Clears, and Beauty from Ashes. The townspeople in WIDOW OF GETTYSBURG are headed for a catastrophe in June 1863,...
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J. Augustine
“If this is Jocelyn Green’s debut novel, wow, what will the next be like?! I was amazed by this book! The flavor, the very writing style, of Wedded to War is Civil War Era. I have read quite a few books from the 1800′s for school so I have become somewhat familiar with the writing patterns from that time, this book has it! I was very impressed with the author’s attention to detail. Not only were there things that I recognized from reading books from the time period but I also learned a lot of new things. I love history,...
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Katie Melton
“I was hooked from the first chapter. I have read a lot about the battle of Gettysburg, I’ve visited the battlesite, but I have never thought about the lasting effects a battle of that magnitude would leave on a small town. I loved the blend of history and verbatim accounts with the fictional story of Libbie and Silas. I love this book and I am definitly reading her first book, Wedded to War!” ~Katie...
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Holly Irish
“Wow!! I got this book as an ARC from NetGalley, and I absolutely love, love, love this book!!! From the very beginning I was captivated, not only by the story line, but by the flow of the story. I didn’t want to put it down, but had to due to real life. If I had my choice I would have just curled up and read it all the way through. The story follows a young widow names Liberty, in the town Gettysburg,Pa right before, during, and after the battle. The day to day struggles of not overcoming a traumatic loss, but also overcoming...
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Sarah Sundin
“A triumphant tale of identity and forgiveness. Widow of Gettysburg shows us the full sweep of that famous battle, from the men on the battlefield to the civilian women whose lives and homes were overrun by history. Through unforgettable characters, impeccable research, and an intricately woven plot, Jocelyn Green drew me in and didn’t let me go. Do not miss this story!” ~Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of With Every Letter
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Julie Lessman
“Superb fiction—stunning history! Plucked from the annals of our country’s most turbulent time, Widow of Gettysburg is a powerful love story that will not only haunt and inspire, but change you forever.” ~Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series
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Peter Leavell
“Widow of Gettysburg is a page-turning, impressively researched and complex story of love, betrayal, hatred, and forgiveness that gracefully blends fact and fiction to deliver a lasting impression. Jocelyn Green once again gives a stark and utterly honest look into the heroes behind the front lines that will make you feel like you’ve lived in Gettysburg during the Civil War. Five stars out of five.” ~Peter Leavell, award-winning author of Gideon’s Call
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Laura Frantz
“With equal amounts history, romance, and mystery, Jocelyn Green writes with heart-stopping detail, crafting a story that resonates on every page. Gettysburg and its inhabitants spring to vivid life, sure to resound in readers’ imaginations long after the book is closed and the battle won. A keeper for Civil War enthusiasts and historical romance readers alike. Highly recommended!” ~Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel’s Lady and Love’s Reckoning
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J. M. Hochstetler
“In the note at the beginning of Widow of Gettysburg, author Jocelyn Green points out that ‘before ‘Gettysburg’ was a battle, it was a town full of ordinary people, people like you and me.’ Green captures the reality of noncombatants caught up in war in a very affecting way. Beginning with the day to day activities of her cast of characters, some of whom are real people of the time, Green portrays how the horrors of battle changed their lives forever and made heroes of civilians. Most moving is the story of Liberty Holloway, a young...
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The Wordsmith Journal Magazine
“Jocelyn Green effortlessly places the reader on the battlefield; both literally and figuratively speaking in her new novel, Widow of Gettysburg. When survival is not enough, and the pain of starting over is raw, Green proves that hope does sustain until healing is completed. She gently reminds the reader that freedom-whether fought nation against nation, or within one’s own heart-is never free. I am indebted to those who gave so much, conquered fears and personal afflictions, to make this country a land we can be proud of. Widow of...
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Denise Doyle
“Steeped in sorrow and death yet infused with resiliency, Jocelyn Green’s Widow of Gettysburg is a gripping depiction of individuals brought together by war. Ms. Green’s thorough research and poignantly written storyline delicately weaves a compelling description of Liberty and Bella, who could have been enveloped and trampled by the ubiquitous prejudice and revulsion around them; they could have allowed these scars to define them. Instead, as did the community and eventually the nation, these women’s unswerving faith and inner...
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Nora St. Laurent
“Jocelyn Green Delivers another brilliant, gritty, unforgettable tale—much more than a war story, and a must-read sequel to Wedded to War. This cast of colorful, complex characters stole my heart from the start as the author had me live in their skin and see the sights, smells and sounds of battle. I felt like I walked in the shoes of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things in unbelievable times. I cheered as they experienced the courage, compassion and strength only God could give.” ~Nora St. Laurent CEO of The Book Club...
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Jane Hampton Cook
“Widow of Gettysburg brings you the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath in ways you’ve never seen them—through the eyes of the unlikely Union women who, by nursing Confederates, found their true identity and the meaning of real love. Once again, Jocelyn Green weaves a tale of compelling characters whose personal stories are just as relevant today as they were in 1863—a delightful must-read.” ~Jane Hampton Cook, historian, national television commentator, and author of American Phoenix.
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Mavis Starner
“While the leading characters are fictitious, they represent a combination of real people who lived through, and witnessed, one of America’s most crucial events of the Civil War – the Battle of Gettysburg.  Through their eyes you experience what the citizens, especially the women, of Gettysburg endured during those hot July days. Jocelyn Green’s detailed research and literary talent combine to transport the reader to another place and time . . .  so real that you can feel the earth shake with each roar of the cannon; see...
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Kathi Macias
“Jocelyn Green has skillfully painted a vivid word picture of the heart-wrenching life led by so many during the Civil War days. Widow of Gettysburg is a gripping tale of survival and triumph in the midst of tragedy and bloodshed—not just by the soldiers on the front lines but also by the women and children left behind. A fascinating read that you won’t want to miss!” ~Kathi Macias (www.kathimacias.com), award-winning author of 40 books, including The Moses Quilt
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Midwest Book Review
In 1861, The War Between the States surfaces several Union Army inadequacies. One of the most glaring is the understaffed Medical Department that has few combat experienced doctors and is totally not ready for war. In New York City, several women want to enlist as nurses and other medical staff helpers. One of them is twenty-eight year old Charlotte Waverly from an affluent family. Everyone she knows thinks she is inane to believe she can become a combat nurse as upper class females are too pampered. Her boyfriend strongly objects making it...
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Cafe Lily Book Reviews
Just when I think I can’t love historical fiction, more than I already do, a book like Wedded to War comes along. At 384 pages, this is a thick book, but the time flew by for me as I became completely immersed in the story. First book in the Heroines Behind The Lines series, this is the writing of a seasoned professional. The story of Charlotte Waverly absolutely came alive and I could visually imagine the sights and sounds, described in the writing. Charlotte has been raised in privilege but feels called to do more with her life, than...
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Kathleen L. Maher
Jocelyn Green is on my figurative dart board. She has written the consummate portrait of a Civil War nurse, and that riles me, as a long-time student and writer of Civil War era fiction. Her attention to detail and stellar research truly saturate each page of this story. Her debut fiction novel is based on the diary of Georgeanna Woolsey, a young lady of privilege from Manhattan who leaves behind her posh salons and world-class dining and theater to forge the way for women to serve the war effort. So my first dart aimed at this author is, I...
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Laurie Alice Eakes
“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
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Julie Lessman
“A haunting Civil War epic, Wedded to War is a rich historical tapestry interwoven with a gentle love story that will steal both your heart and your sleep. Mark my words, Jocelyn Green is an author to watch — and read — over and over again.” ~ Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series
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Sarah Sundin
“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
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Ann Byle
“Jocelyn Green lends her considerable talent to a tale both historically interesting and emotionally absorbing. Her Heroines Behind the Lines series is sure to draw readers eager for accurate stories of the Civil War, but also grab readers yearning for well-drawn characters who battle forces bigger than themselves in a quest for acceptance, grace, and love. Wedded to War does a fine job with both.” ~Ann Byle, author of The Making of a Christian Bestseller
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Dr. Lori Ginzberg
“Although fictional, Wedded to War brings to life the important, and often dismissed, story of women’s entrance into Civil War nursing – and, in particular, the virulent opposition they faced from military doctors. It reminds us all that the access to employment and political rights that American women take for granted were achieved on deeply-contested ground, and that women showed both ambition and courage in opposing those who wished to defend their own turf.” ~ Dr. Lori Ginzberg, Professor of History & Women’s Studies, Penn...
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Kristina Seleshanko
“Jocelyn Green’s exceptional Wedded to the War kept me up late at night wanting to read ‘just one chapter more.’ Set amid the tragedy of the Civil War, Green explores characters both seedy and honorable as they wade their way through life trying to determine who to love and who to serve. A story of grace and promise, Wedded to the War just became one of my favorite historical novels. ~Kristina Seleshanko, author of 60 Civil War-Era Fashion Patterns, Victorian & Edwardian Fashions for Women and other books
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Carol Kammen
“They said that war was no place for women, but in 1861 women went to war: they battled public opinion, the fears of their families, the disdain of the medical establishment, and the suspicions of the military. The soldiers, ill, wounded, and dying appreciated their presence as women ran laundries and food kitchens, nursed, and organized hospital work at a time of disorganization. Wedded to War is based on extensive research. The letters of Georgeanna Woolsey provided the inspiration for the novel’s main character, Charlotte, who obtains...
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Nora St. Laurent
“Powerful, deep, and heartfelt, Wedded to War swept me away with its gripping story and cast of conflicted characters. It moved me, and it marked me. This is one book I can’t forget—nor would I want to, for it was woven from the fabric of our history. Wedded to War is meant to be experienced and shared with others. 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, former ACFW (American...
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Jane Hampton Cook
“Jocelyn Green has taken a little-known historical gem from the Civil War and turned it into a treasure chest through engaging characters and a beautifully-written story.” ~Jane Hampton Cook, presidential historian and author of Stories of Faith and Courage from the Revolutionary War
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Shelly Beach
“In Wedded to War, the first in a new series of historical novels, author Jocelyn Green explores the complex social and cultural constraints placed upon nurses during the Civil War era. She gives the reader a glimpse at the challenges women faced navigating a man’s world while striving to make changes that would forever influence the way wounded soldiers were cared for by the military. An insightful yet entertaining read for those who enjoy history, fiction, romance, or exploring the interplay between male and female relationships in the...
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Mary Nichelson
“Wedded To War is a timeless historical novel honoring the strength of women during the early years of the Civil War. Their compassion comes alive in Jocelyn Green’s tribute to the unknown heroes who became self-sacrificing in serving wounded soldiers. Readers of historical fiction will appreciate the abundance of authentic detail found on every page.” ~Mary Nichelson, lead journalist for The Wordsmith Journal Magazine
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Finding Hope through Fiction
…Wow, what an amazing story based on real women in history. When I finished the last page of this book I was changed, much like how I felt after watching Dances with Wolves and Gone with the Wind. Both movies opened my eyes to things I never thought of before or knew existed and it changed how I viewed periods of American history. If only our history book in school was this exciting and memorable. Grin! This is a great book club pick as there is so much to talk about in it. This book is to be experienced and then shared with friends. I...
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Novel Reviews
…I was instantly drawn into this fascinating story and sympathized with Charlotte, the main character and her family situation. Charlotte is a strong-willed, opinionated woman who loves God with her whole heart.  She faces opposition from her family and friends when she shares she’s call to be a nurse. She also gets some flack from medical organizations she wishes to join. No one could understand why a woman of privilege (who’s never worked a day in her life) wants to volunteer to be a nurse and go into the trenches of war. Was she...
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Genre Go Round Reviews
…Wedded to the War is a great Civil War thriller that focuses on the role of females nurses breaking through a glass barrier that seems inane today with rules like the doctor is always right even at the cost of the patient’s life or limbs; as we have come a long way (but have a long way to go). Character driven, readers will believe they are working alongside of Charlotte as she helps the injured, assist other women and meets Caleb who supports her efforts as a nurse. Paying homage to Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey, Jocelyn Green...
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EXCERPTS:

From Widow of Gettysburg
Here you can view the first pages of Wedded to War, scan the contents and read a note on the Sanitary Commission. Download (PDF, 2.77MB)
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From Wedded to War
Here you can view the first pages of Wedded to War, scan the contents and read a note on the Sanitary Commission. Download (PDF, 543KB)
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