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Thursday, November 7, 2013

WIDOW of GETTYSBURG ( Heroines Behind the Lines #2) by Jocelyn Green

Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green
Publisher:  River North
Release Date:  April 12, 2013
Pages:  385

About the Book:  For all who have suffered great loss of heart, home, health or family; true home and genuine lasting love can be found.

When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering-and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

But when the scout doesn't die she discovers he isn't who he claims to be .

While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it?

Inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath, Widow of Gettysburg is the Book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series. These books do not need to be read in succession.  For more information & resources about the Heroines Behind the Lines series, visit www.heroinesbehindthelines.com.

Wanda's Review:  Widow of Gettysburg will devour you from the beginning and evoke many emotions with its vivid and sometimes graphic details. It is a emotional story layered with dark secrets and tangled truths which are revealed through the strong characters of Liberty, Silas, and Bella - characters that are struggling to cope with the realities of grief, loss, and war. 

Liberty Holloway, only nineteen, lost her husband in the Battle of Bull Run. The confederates took her husband and now have taken over her house and farm. The farm is used as a hospital for wounded confederates and Liberty's life will never be the same. 

Bella Jamison, a freed mulatto slave, is now working for Liberty on the Holloway farm in Adams County. Bella carries a deep dark secret within, that could affect many lives. 

Silas Ford, a handsome stranger who one day appears at the Holloway farm, suggests to Liberty that she should put away her mourning clothes and start to live again.  And the story unfolds -----

July 1863 - 163,000 men and 15,000 animals converge upon Gettysburg for a three day battle - July 1 - 3. Many fled the area to protect themselves, but many - most of them women and children - were caught in the crossfire. The quiet life of Gettysburg no longer exists. The story also focuses on the aftermath that played out in the small town and the story of their resilience. The Battle of Gettysburg has ended, but the wounds continued to run deep for everyone. Gettysburg was said to be the greatest battle in the history of the Civil War. Just about every home and family had been touched by some kind of loss. 

This is truly a masterpiece - a compelling story that will not leave any reader untouched. 

Taken from the book - "I have done what I never expected to do, or thought I could. I am becoming more used to sights of misery. We do not know until tried what we are capable of." 
Sarah Broadhead, Gettysburg housewife and volunteer nurse - taken from a diary entry - July 7, 1863.

               The Author - Jocelyn Green
         Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com 
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