It’s not often that I do book reviews on this blog. I love to read, but with my little ones, I find it hard to find time to read for pleasure. But every once in a while, a book comes across my radar that peaks my interest.
I was very excited about the spring release of Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green. I’ve read other books by her, such as Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and Battlefields and Blessings, so I knew that this book wouldn’t disappoint. When I read the character sketches for Widow of Gettysburg, I was drawn in and just had to know how the story was going to turn out!
Let me give you a quick summary. Liberty Holloway is coping with the loss of her husband, Levi, a union soldier that died in battle. She is doing her best to manage the family farm with her hired help Bella, who is a former slave. Liberty has hopes and dreams of turning her farm into an inn for travelers passing through. However, she gets more than what she bargained for. Her farm gets taken over and turned into a hospital for confederate soldiers! Liberty has a battlefield of the mind in the process because she is torn between helping Confederate soldiers that are gravely ill and honoring the memory of her late Union soldier husband. Bella’s past plays a big role in the story and she does all she can to keep it from being revealed until a nosy reporter learns her secret. And to top it all off, there is a strange man named Silas Ford that shows up on Liberty’s porch with unknown motives. He’s a very complex character with a lot going on. You’ll be intrigued by his personal story all the way to the end of the book.
What you need to know:
This is the 2nd book in the series Heroines Behind the Lines, which are Christian historical fiction novels based on the Civil War. Green, an award winning author, put a lot of research and thought into this book. She wrote the story based off a series of letters and journals written by women affected by the Battle of Gettysburg. There are several scriptures and Christian themes strategically placed throughout the book to help drive home the main message. And just for a heads up, the setting of this book is 1863, so some of the terminology and customs are different from what we may be used to.
What I thought about the book:
I enjoyed this book! I took it with me on vacation. I’m not a fan of flying and it certainly helped me get through the long flights and travel time. Jocelyn Green writes this book in a way that helped me to see the story in my mind as it was unfolding. There were several parts of the book that I had to go back and reread because I couldn’t believe what I was actually reading! Widow of Gettysburg has lots of suspense and plot twists, with one that totally took me by surprise. My favorite character is Bella. She overcomes overwhelming odds with strength and grace.
Who should read this book?
Widow of Gettysburg is great for book clubs. There is a 20 question, thought provoking, discussion guide at the end of the story. Those who love to read about the Civil War, historical fiction and those who love books with a good Christian message would enjoy this book.
Check out the trailer for this book:http://vimeo.com/63167219
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