Wedded to War {Book Review} & Giveaway

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Think of a book that you may have read that took you into another world that was so detailed in its events, language, and characters that it was a disappointment to even think of putting the book down. Well, this is what this book was for me.  I am not one for books that even remotely deal with history or any time of past history; however, I was drawn to this book.

Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green blended the use of facts and fiction in a way that made the fiction seem factual.  It is placed in the 1800’s and focuses on a strong-minded woman named Charlotte, who seemed to not fit in her time period, for her thoughts were her own and she was not afraid to express them.

This, of course, does not do well in the 1800’s. Nevertheless she found ways to continue in the path her father once walked in, which was helping others through volunteer work.

The opportunity to become a nurse and help the soldiers during war presented itself, and of course, during those times the nurses were male soldiers.  Charlotte was immediately moved to take this path of service.

Although she was discouraged by everyone, including her mother, she pressed forward and volunteered to be a nurse with the Sanitary Commission.  As she continued on as a nurse, she encountered many different events that would have discouraged many other woman from continuing.  However, she leaned on God and was constantly reminded by an old friend that the work they do is not for themselves, but for God. She continued on with her eyes focused on God.

Even though this story may seem like a love story because she is forever being push to marry a man that she did not have true feeling for, or because her friend and first love from the past shows up in the story every now and then, it goes much deeper than this.

The story was inspired from letters that were written over 150 years ago, by a woman who was a nurse for the Sanitary Commission, named Georgeanna Woolsey.

I could go forever with exciting facts about this book, but it would be better if you were to experience this for yourself.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Tanisha, I’m so glad you enjoyed Wedded to War, especially since you’re normally not a history lover! You’re right on about it not being just a love story. The themes are much deeper and more universal than that, even though there is a love interest in it. I am going to start homeschooling my kids next fall, and I have always hoped that Wedded to War and the other books in this series might be used by homeschooling mamas to help their high school students become interested in this portion of our nation’s history. I hope the bibliography in the back will serve as a valuable resource for further study! Thanks again for the review.
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    • Tanisha says

      I am very excited for you and your soon new adventure with your children. The information was very useful and my children were just as interested in the information. Also, it was my pleasure to read and write the review. I am really building a deeper appreciation for history because of your book.

      • says

        Thank you so much, Tanisha! I am so excited about what the next year (and beyond) holds for our family, as well. I am somewhat daunted that my first year home schooling is the same year I have two more novels due to my publisher, but I am confident that this is God’s timing for our family, so He will make a way. :)

        If you haven’t seen it already, I wanted to let you know that book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series is now available- Widow of Gettysburg! http://www.jocelyngreen.com/about/fiction/widow-of-gettysburg/ If you and your kids are keeping up with the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War, I’m sure Gettysburg is on your radar. This novel tells the untold story of the civilians caught in the crossfire-including the small African American community whose freedom was threatened with Lee’s invasion.

        Have a wonderful weekend!
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  2. says

    Oh, yes! I agree with you about how good this book is in drawing you in to the story! I learned so much, but it was so interesting and didn’t feel at all like learning. The storyline kept me going as I had to find out what Charlotte was going to do next. This is a great book — and great series! — that I’m recommending to lots of people!
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