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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 at 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.
About the Author
JOCELYN GREEN is an award-winning author who inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she authored Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and co-authored The 5 Love Languages Military Edition with Dr. Gary Chapman. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on American's home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. The books in the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series have been honored with gold and silver medals from the Military Writer's Society of America. Wedded to War was a Christy Award finalist in two categories. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
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Wedded to War
By JOCELYN GREEN
Moody PublishersCopyright © 2012 Jocelyn Green
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Chapter OneMonday, April 22, 1861 New York City
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.
Boarding at Fourteenth Street, the sisters paid the extra fare for their hoop skirts, as if they were separate passengers, and sat back on the long wooden bench for the ride.
"This is against my better judgment, you know." Alice's voice was barely audible above the clatter of wheels and hoof beats over the cobblestones.
"Don't you mean Jacob's ?" Charlotte cast a sidelong glance at her sister.
Alice twirled a ringlet of her honey-blonde hair around her finger —a nervous childhood habit she never outgrew—but said nothing.
She didn't have to. Ever since she had married the wealthy businessman a few months ago, she had been even more pampered—and sheltered—than she had been growing up. Heaven help her when they reached their destination.
"I'll have you home by teatime and none the worse for wear." Charlotte's voice was softened by just a hint of guilt. "I promise."
The omnibus wheels jolted over a broken cobblestone, bouncing the passengers on their benches. Releasing her grip from the edge of the bench, Alice raised an eyebrow at her sister. "Just tell me why I let you talk me into coming."
Charlotte grinned. "I've got an idea."
"Why do I have the feeling it isn't a good one?" Alice planted her palms on the bench beside her again, bracing herself against the jarring ride.
"Whatever you do you mean?"
"Do you remember your idea to adopt that lame squirrel we found?"
"I did let it go." And there were more important things on Charlotte's mind. She squinted at the front page of The New York Times held up by the man seated across from her. Washington Still Isolated—New York Seventh Regiment Arrives in Annapolis by Steam—
"Only after it chewed through five of Mother's best doilies and made a nest in the velvet armchair."
Charlotte turned from reading headlines to face her sister. "I was ten!"
"And I was eight, and still old enough to know better. There were other times, too, like when you chose that outrageous reading on the value of a woman's education to recite for our class at finishing school. Completely at odds with the context of the school."
Charlotte chuckled. "Exactly why it was so perfect! But today's idea is even better. I've found a way to actually do something for the war effort."
"And what do you call knitting socks for the troops? Rolling bandages? Doesn't that mean anything?"
"Of course it does. But I mean something else. Something more."
Alice's eyes narrowed, but she let it rest as the omnibus slowed to a halt and more passengers squeezed beside the sisters. Any further conversation would soon be drowned out by the cacophony of Broadway.
The avenue throbbed with life, like all artery coursing down the island of Manhattan. Ten days into the war, recruiting offices for the Union army had already cropped up along the avenue, their entrances clogged with eager young men. Between Canal Street and Houston, the street teemed with gentlemen in spats and ladies in silks, their musk colognes and lavender perfumes cloying on the warm breeze. The white marble facade of St. Nicholas Hotel between Broome and Spring Streets dominated the west side of Broadway. In front of The Marble Palace facing Canal Street, porters in their brass-buttoned, blue uniforms opened carriage doors and escorted their elite customers inside, where they would no doubt spend staggering sums on the latest Parisian fashions.
But Charlotte and Alice did not get off at any of these places. At least not today. For just a few blocks south of The Marble House, and just a few blocks east of the German-Jewish secondhand clothing shops on lower Broadway, the steady pulse of polished society gave way to the erratic beat of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.
Alice squeezed her sister's hand so tightly Charlotte couldn't tell if it was motivated by anxiety or anger for bringing her here.
If Broadway was Manhattan's artery, Five Points was its abscess: swollen with people, infected with pestilence, inflamed with vice and crime. Groggeries, brothels, and dance halls put private sin on public display. Although the neighborhood seemed fairly self-contained, more fortunate New Yorkers were terrified of Five Points erupting, spreading its contagion to the rest of them.
This was where the Waverly sisters got off.
Competing emotions of fear and excitement tugged at Charlotte's heart as she hoisted the skirt of her amber-colored day dress above her ankles and began heading toward Worth Street. "Come on, Alice," she whispered, cocking her head at her dumbstruck sister. A foul-smelling breeze teased strands of hair from their coifs, crept into their noses, and coated their throats. Charlotte had forgotten how the smell of poverty would stick to her skin. Swallowing her distaste, she vowed to scrub herself with sugar and lemon-infused olive oil as soon as she returned home.
Pressing a violet-scented handkerchief to her nose, Alice held her parasol low over her head, blocking out as much of the view as possible as she began walking. "Where are we going?" Her words were muffled, but her discomfort was not.
A disheveled drunk leered at the sisters from a rotting doorway, raising the hair on Charlotte's neck. "The House of Industry. It's just up ahead."
With her parasol in one hand and a fistful of skirts in the other, Charlotte set a brisk pace. As they turned onto Worth Street's littered sidewalk, Alice skirted a child leaning against a lamppost, hawking apples from a broken crate. Charlotte stopped short.
"Maggie?" She reached out and touched the girl's soot-smudged cheek while Alice gawked from five feet away. "It's me, Miss Waverly! I used to teach your mother sewing. How is she?"
Maggie peered up with eyes too big for her face, too old for her nine years. "About the same as usual—only there's not enough sewing to go around, she says—so Jack sweeps the streets and here I am. Say, wouldn't you and the miss over there like a nice red apple?"
"Of course!" Charlotte reached into her dress pocket and traded several coins for two small, bruised apples smelling of fermentation.
"Charlotte!" Alice gasped while Maggie's dirty face brightened. It was far too much money to spend on apples—especially rotting ones.
"Go on now, Maggie. Give your mother my best."
With "Bless you Miss!" ringing in her ears, Charlotte joined Mice with both apples in one hand, skirt now dragging on the sidewalk.
"Can we hustle, please?" Mice's voice was still muted behind her handkerchief. Charlotte was eager to comply. Virtually every tipsy wooden building on this block—including Crown's Grocery—housed a brothel, and none of them bothered hiding the fact. Bareheaded and bare-chested women stood in doorways quoting their rates to passersby, even in broad daylight—which was a dirty yellow, like a fevered complexion. By the time they stepped into the slanted shadow of the six-story House of Industry, Charlotte noticed she had been holding her breath. The vapors in this area could truly make one sick.
"Ah, there you are!" Mr. Lewis Pease, founder of the charity, had been waiting for them in the shade of the brick building, and now waved the sisters inside, away from the seedy, star-shaped intersection for which Five Points was named, half a block away. "And who is this lovely young woman ?"
"Forgive me, this is my younger sister Alice—Mrs. Jacob Carlisle." Charlotte and Mice entered the building ahead of Mr. Pease, who closed the door behind them. "She's in town visiting for a spell while her husband is away on business." She set the apples down on the hall stand and wiped her gloves on her skirt.
Pease bowed slightly. "A pleasure to meet you, madam. Mr. Dorsheimer is already here," he added in a whisper just as the visitor's barrel chest entered the room ahead of him. "Ah, Mr. Treasurer. Allow me to make the introductions. Miss Waverly, Mrs. Carlisle, this is Mr. Phillip Dorsheimer, Treasurer of the State of New York and the New York State Military Board. He's here all the way from Buffalo, and we're so fortunate he's making time to meet with us." Mr. Dorsheimer ignored Charlotte's outstretched hand, fading both her smile and her confidence.
Mr. Pease continued. "Mr. Treasurer, Miss Waverly here was the one who suggested we make a bid for the contract. She used to be a sewing instructor here."
Without even the slightest acknowledgment, Mr. Dorsheimer frowned at his pocket watch. "Can we get on with it?" His jowls quivered as he spoke. Charlotte took a deep breath and squeezed her parasol handle. So far, this was not going as she had hoped it would.
A thin smile tipped Mr. Pease's lips. "Yes, quite. I'd like to give you a tour of the facility before discussing the terms of the uniform contract. Unless you've been here before?"
Mr. Dorsheimer cleared his throat. "Oh, I've been to the Points before, but not here in this building." Of course. Well-to-do New Yorkers often came down to see Five Points for themselves to satisfy a macabre curiosity. "Well, allow us to show you around," said Mr. Pease, leading the way. "This is a fairly new headquarters for us, and we're rather proud of it. This corridor leads to the workshops where neighborhood teens and adults learn several trades. At first we taught only basic sewing, but now we also teach baking, shoemaking, corset making, basket weaving, and millinery. Go ahead, look around."
Mr. Dorsheimer tossed cursory glances into a few of the workshops.
"We have more than five hundred workers currently. Five hundred!" Mr. Pease beamed. "I pay the workers according to what they produce. Sewers can earn up to $2.50 a week—now I know that doesn't sound like much to you and me, Mr. Treasurer, but it's a lot more than needlewomen normally earn. We've also opened a day school for the children so they are educated, fed, and even clothed while the parents work at their trades here."
They walked a little farther and turned into a large open room. "This is the chapel where we hold religious services," Mr. Pease continued. "Of course there is also the Five Points Mission just across the street, whose primary objective is to feed the souls and point them to new life in Christ. The House of Industry began as a branch of the Mission, because I found they had a hard time hearing the Bible when their stomachs were growling. And what better way to feed the multitudes than to teach them a trade so they can feed themselves ?"
If Mr. Dorsheimer felt anything, he hid it well in those doughy folds of skin. The palms of Charlotte's gloves began to dampen with sweat.
"One last thing I'd like to show you." Climbing a set of stairs brought them to a well-ventilated floor with spacious dormitories, each with iron beds that termites couldn't penetrate. "We started out housing our worker women, so they wouldn't need to go back to the brothels at night. But now we also shelter dozens of abused, neglected, and homeless children who are waiting for adoptive parents."
Mr. Dorsheimer, winded from the exertion of the climb, did not look impressed.
"These rooms are humble enough, indeed" Charlotte added, "but when you consider many of these people are used to sleeping on the bare floor of a room with no windows and laid out like sardines in a can, you can understand the charm of a bed and some—air, can't you?" Calling it "fresh air" would have been a lie. With human waste collecting in trenches behind most Five Points tenements, no air had been fresh here for decades. At least windows allowed circulation.
Dorsheimer glanced at his pocket watch again, a scowl sagging on his face. "This is all very well and good" he huffed, "but can we get to the bottom line ? How much would it cost to give you the contract? I need twelve thousand uniforms, and I need them as quickly as possible."
Mr. Pease turned to Charlotte. "Yes, of course," she said. "We propose a payment from the state's Military Board of thirteen cents per shirt, so that would be a total of $1,560.00. Total." She bit her lip.
"Fifteen hundred dollars?"
Charlotte stole a glance at Mr. Pease. Was that a lot? Or not very much?
"Fifteen hundred sixty dollars, sir. To be precise. Plus, you'd supply the flannel and buttons" she said.
"I need more than just shirts, miss." Dorsheimer's tone was sharp, biting. "I need trousers, jackets, and overcoats, too, and I need it all in three weeks. Twelve thousand sets. And you provide the material. Not me. Do I look like I'm in the garment business?"
Alice's eyes widened into large pools of cornflower blue. Charlotte's narrowed into slits.
"Twelve thousand complete uniforms in three weeks. I wish I could say we could do that, Mr. Dorsheimer, but you're asking for a huge sum on an extremely short deadline. Not only can we not perform miracles, but I doubt any single company in New York could do a satisfactory job under your specifications."
"I'm sure if we joined together with a few other sewing organizations, we could do it," said Charlotte, swiveling between Mr. Pease and Mr. Dorsheimer. "But we need a little more time to make the arrangements. This contract would mean a great deal to the House of Industry and to the workers in a financial sense, but it would also be a perfect way they could serve their country and their fighting men at war. You could be guaranteed of fine quality products made by conscientious workers."
"Not possible. The boys are going to war, and they need to be clothed."
"Mr. Dorsheimer, please. Consider the greater value of giving a charity the contract. The House of Industry has made a profound impact on Five Points, rescuing people from poverty—and the immorality that sometimes goes with it—and helping them walk a better road."
Mr. Dorsheimer raised a hand to stop her, but she didn't slow down.
"I'm sure you know President Lincoln came to Five Points just last year, just before his Cooper Union speech that launched him toward the presidency. And what did he choose to see in Five Points ? Not the brothels or groggeries, but the House of Industry."
"Miss—" He tried again, but she couldn't stop.
"Maggie's mother, and dozens like her, needed this contract. Sir, the good work we do here inside these walls is becoming even more famous than the degradation outside of them. Invest in the House of Industry with this uniform contract, Mr. Dorsheimer, and you'll be getting the products you want and doing society a favor at the same time."
At the end of her speech now, Charlotte caught her breath; Alice stared at her in disbelief. No one said a word until Mr. Dorsheimer jabbed a stubby finger at Charlotte.
"My responsibility, young woman, is to the State of New York, not to your pet project here in the slums."
Charlotte's face burned as she, Alice, and Mr. Pease watched Mr. Dorsheimer trudge out of the building, taking her hope with her.
"It was worth a try, Miss Waverly," Mr. Pease said.
Alice leveled her gaze at Charlotte. "Another good idea, right Charlotte ?"
Frustration swelled in Charlotte's chest. "Why? Why would you say such a thing? It was a brilliant idea! It made so much sense!"
"Charlotte, when will you ever realize that not everyone sees the world as you do? You act so surprised when others disagree with you, when you are the one stepping out of the range of normal."
Charlotte crossed her arms tightly across her waist. "You used to look up to me." Her throat grew tight with the unshed tears of bitter disappointment. "You used to believe in me."
Alice laid a tentative hand on Charlotte's arm. "I believe your intentions are good. But once again, you spoke too boldly. Perhaps if you had not been so vehement with your outburst, Mr. Dorsheimer would at least have considered giving you the contract." Alice sighed, resignation in her eyes. "You must—you must—know your place, dear sister, or one of these days, you will stand to lose much more than a sewing contract."
Charlotte opened her mouth to deny it, but could make no reply.
Excerpted from Wedded to War by JOCELYN GREEN Copyright © 2012 by Jocelyn Green. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents
ContentsA Note on the Sanitary Commission....................9
Act One: The Call....................11
Act Two: Changing Times....................83
Act Three: Working Heartily....................137
Act Four: Eyes and Hands....................219
Act Five: Home at Last....................319
The History behind the Story....................385
About the Author....................397
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I have just finished reading my copy of Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green, and I must say that I actually had to force myself to lay it aside in order to get some other necessary things accomplished in my day! I love the accurate historical details about the realities of life back in the days of the Civil War. The descriptions of the scenes are so true that the reader can seemingly see and, yes, even smell what the characters are experiencing, and the characters in the story are brought to life so well that we actually love and root for them, or detest them and pray that they will quickly get their just reward! I happen to have one of our country's first female doctors as an ancestor, so I am enjoying learning about things that she may very well have experienced during her own lifetime. Jocelyn Green has crafted a wonderful historical romance novel while gently and skillfully weaving the powerful tenants of our Christian heritage into the storyline.
This is for the SAMPLER only (and says nothing about the actual book)!! I do not care for samplers and usually will NOT get them....but if get the first book for free and love it, I usually buy books 2, 3 and so on.
I've always loved fiction and it's ability to draw me into the story and forget all else about me. But what really gets my attention is when fiction can not only entertain,but also teach. Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green definitely caught my attention. As a purely fictional story, the characters and action never failed to invite me into the events. I laughed, cried, cheered and suppressed the urge to thrash a man or two. I love Charlotte's outspokenness. Most of my favorite lines from the book were her speaking. The gentleness of Alice, the sweetness of Ruby, and the gradual growth of all the characters who refused to let the men who braved the battle of the American Civil War fight disease alone combined to endear them all to me. But more than just a story, I learned so much! I've read Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell's story before, but seeing the women rise to the occasion of becoming the first female nurses in spite of the odds of war and the opinions of the men who thought them too soft was heartening. After reading a fictionalized version, I cannot imagine being in their shoes and handling it all as gracefully as they did. They are heros to be cheered and placed before our girls as examples of dedication, perseverance and steadfastness. Bible verses were sprinkled throughout, all well-placed and appropriate to the storyline without seeming forced. It was obvious which relied on God to get them through the difficulties of the War and how critical a key phrase from Scripture would help them refocus on the task at hand. I particularly liked the struggle of the Chaplain as he wrestled with God's goodness as he lived amongst the realities of battle. This may be Mrs. Green's debut fiction novel but it is an incredible book. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance or Civil War history.
This is one of the most exquisite works of historical fiction I've ever read. Based on the letters of an educated, wealthy young woman from New York City, Georgianna Woolsey, Jocelyn Green has created a cast of extraordinary characters, several others of which are also based on real people. At the heart of the novel is the foundation of the United States Sanitary Commission and the advent of women becoming nurses at the beginning of the Civil War. The first American woman to graduate from Yale Medical School and become a physician, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, was the primary force behind the radical notion that women could make effective nurses. As Dr. Blackwell expected, the male medical establishment was not supportive of her ideas, to say the least. Ms. Green does a phenomenal job of character development. Originally researching the subject for a historical non-fiction project, she decided to incorporate her research into a work of fiction. I am certainly glad that she did! The characters and the story were immersive and I learned quite a lot. I had no idea that a person whose life & works have always fascinated me, Frederick Law Olmsted, was the first Executive Secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission. His character was fleshed out extremely well. I could really feel his frustration as he fought to get the supplies, medicines and staffing he needed from the government. I loved the portrayal of strong, intelligent women who were fighting to do what they could to help the soldiers while meeting fierce resistance along the way. There was also a completely despicable villain - don't worry, no spoilers here! - and several moderately despicable villains. I will admit to some trepidation after reading "Praise for Wedded to War" at the beginning of the book. The genre of Christian Fiction is generally not my cup of tea. I'm so glad I didn't let that put me off. I felt that the religious discussions between the characters were completely appropriate. It was a wonderful read, and I'm sure I'll be thinking of the characters in the book for a long time to come.
I tried many times to read this book. For months I kept it on my Nook and would go back to it but the story did not capture me.
The characters in this book just come to life. The way the story flew of the pages was incredable. I love how true she stayed to the actual people. I cant wait to read the next book in the series. Anyone who is a fan of civil war, or a sticler for historical accuracy must read this book, the details given wer splendid.
“We will be feeling these days for the rest of our lives, perhaps-but now is our one moment to do. To act.” Wedded to War, by Jocelyn Green As a young woman of refined society in 1861 New York, Charlotte Waverly already was pushing the bounds of societal expectations and her mother’s anxiousness by volunteering in the notorious Five Points section of New York. But as the country descends into Civil War, a call for women to serve as nurses to the military reveals to Charlotte a drive in her heart even she seems to have never truly suspected. Despite her young age, which does not meet the commission’s qualifications, Charlotte manages to secure a place in the training program for Union Army nurses. What follows is an adventure involving not only Charlotte, but a cast of engaging characters that one cannot help but become deeply involved with as the story grows and develops with each chapter. With incredible accuracy and historical research, Jocelyn has created a picture of the Civil War era which leaps off the page. Very quickly, you will find yourself choosing sides, cheering for some characters while despising others. The mesmerizing story absolutely pulls you in. Not only is this an incredibly enjoyable read, it is also a story of encouragement and hope revolving around the themes of grace, redemption and what one can do when you listen to the voice of your heart and your God, instead of the surrounding culture. For a story that will enthrall and encourage, read Jocelyn Green’s Wedded to War.
I have been telling all my friends to read this. It was taken from correspondence of a real woman from the North. You will learn much and enjoy every bit. It describes the war and the society of the time.
Wedded to War, written by Jocelyn Green, is book 1 of Heroines Behind the Lines series. Awesome read! Intense! I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but was NOT disappointed. The way that the book is set up is somewhat like a diary or several diaries. Charlotte, one of my favorites,...what a giving character! Well-to-do but oh so generous of her self, giving to others, being the hands and eyes to help in time of war. I love novels about the Civil War era and this one was definitely intense. It has a ton of information on how things were done at that time, how unsanitary it was back then, how giving some people were...great research! If you want a story with lots of descriptions, well-developed characters, feelings that are shown in each character whether they are the sweet giving ones or the most degenerate of all characters, redemption, hope, inspiration, and romance ....you'll love this book! I recommend this book for older teen (only because of some of the descriptions of hateful acts and some of the war might be harder for younger teens to process) through adult. Loved it!
WEDDED TO WAR is inspired by the true story of a Civil War nurse. While fictionalized it contains some of Ms. Woolsey's letters and journal entries as well as notes by the author. WEDDED TO WAR is written in parts, before the nursing call, during the nursing call, after, etc. There really is no promise of a happy ever after as most romance readers like, but this is woman's fiction and not a romance, though Charlotte is involved in relationships with men in various parts of the book. I loved Caleb, and hoped they would form a relationship beyond what they had. But again, this isn't a romance. If you love history, the history of nursing, women's rights history, or historicals based on real life stories, then WEDDED TO WAR is a book to consider. While long (over 400 pages) it is easy reading and kept me engaged throughout the book.
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.
Sorry to see it end! I have read the other reviews, and I agree with the fact that this was a well written historical fiction. The strength of the characters, from the strong daughter to the pampered mom came through strong. My imagination captured the era through the excellent writing. I believe Jocelyn Green did a fantastic job portraying the different personalities, even to the scoundrel Phinneas. Looking forward to reading her other novels.
I love this book because it is your average war book just like the classics thank you author of this book
Charotte was amazing in this Civall War Nurse. WAS disapoint at the end of the story
Very enjoyable read!
This is probably an okay read, but it is written on the union side of the cival war. I can trace through my family geneology even to Richmond , Va. The capitol of the Confederacy. My president was Jeffersson Davis, my ancestors fought under President Davis Against Abraham Lincoln. So with that in mind, my interest in this war is on the side of the Confederacy only. I learned about the side of the Union in school. Like I said a good read especially due to the formation of the american sanitary act which you know as the Red Cross. Slavery was not God's will. It was thusly abolished. My only interest is due to my anscestors. It is a free nook short story though. If you're interested pick it up.
This book is fantastic! As soon as I was done with this I read the 2nd book in the series, Widows of Gettysburg and it was a great read too! Would recommend.
Although Charlotte Waverly enjoys a life of privilege and the attentions of a devoted suitor in New York, she yearns for a life of service nursing the Union soldiers injured in war. However, in the 1860's women were not welcomed into the world of medicine. Does Charlotte have enough gumption to withstand the prejudice of doctors, the disapproval of her suitor, and the reluctance of her mother to follow her dreams of nursing the soldiers? This is a historical fiction work based on the journals and life of Georgeanna Woolsey, a woman of privilege who served as a nurse for the Union during the Civil War. It has a nice mixture of fictional characters and real-life historical figures, along with short excerpts from Georgeanna's journals. What I liked the most about this book was the glimpse into what medical care was like during the Civil War. There were a lot of references to medications and treatments that I have never heard of, so I found that very interesting. I also enjoyed the snapshot into how ill-prepared the Union side of the Civil War was. In the majority of the books I have read covering this topic, the focus has been on how the southern side was at a disadvantage due to their ill-preparedness. It was interesting to see how the Union side wasn't that well off at the beginning of the war either. I enjoyed the intertwining of Charlotte's and Ruby's story and the comparison of life between the classes. I was rooting for Ruby throughout the book to have something positive happen in her life, and kept waiting for her life to turn around. The characters were easy to become fond of and hope that they would survive in the danger of the battles in the early part of the war. The plot was a little slow to start up, and I was a little afraid I wouldn't ever get to the point where I was into the story enough that I had a hard time putting the book down. However, by the end of it, I was actively engaged in the plot and really enjoyed the book. I think Green did a great job tying up the loose threads of the story, to close with a very satisfying ending. My favorite part was the resolution of the characters. I had a clear picture of what their lives would look like after the conclusion of the book. If you are a fan of historical fiction and like to learn about how life was in the past, this would be a great book for you. Although I knew before reading that the novel was based on a real person, I particularly enjoyed how Green followed up the book with the History Behind the Story, where she shared a little more about who the characters were based on. I would recommend this book to Civil War/historical fiction buffs. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
** spoiler alert ** This has to be my favorite Civil War story I've read. I haven't read many, but the ones I've read are ALL the same, so this was nice in it's uniqueness. :) Some of the cases Charlotte dealt with as a nurse were a little nasty, but that's obviously expected, and nothing was too gory. Charlotte's devotion to and selflessness in caring for the soldiers was really sweet and I loved reading the parts where she would make her rounds of simply giving them water or talking to them. There was in the secondary character's story the subject of the prostitution all around her (she comes from Five Points), but the author never got into the subject in detail, and "rescued" Ruby from the slums as soon as she could. ;) In Ruby's story was also a strong theme of life and mercy that was really touching, and when she's debating with herself about the option of abortion vs life ~ the message was really powerful! (Aiden O'Flannery was such a sweet baby!! ^_^) The tons of scriptures included were really great and had perfect timing- and it didn't seem as if the author was continually preaching at the reader, but her message was still really clear and convicting. The entire story was really gripping and I really enjoyed it; however, the ending was incredible! =D It was "any other great book" until I reached the last three chapters! It was like an entire new plot unfolded with new characters and intrigue. Really amazing. :) Very satisfactory ending! As a side note, I really loved Jacob Carlisle (Charlotte's brother-in-law)! Since Charlotte has no father or brother, Jacob is pretty much her legal protector; thus when Charlotte is in trouble with the villain, it's Jacob who comes and defends her and orders the offender out. It was just really different from most novels - where the hero usually comes in, saves the day, and the light dawns on the heroine and she realizes she's in love - it was so much more realistic and was actually (I thought ;)) the best scene in the book! I just really liked that he took on his role seriously as his sister-in-laws guardian and defended her like a man- and that the heroine LET him! :P In closing, this was a really enjoyable- though serious-themed- and touching story. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will enjoy this immensely. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.*