Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

Liberty Holloway is a young woman widowed by the Civil War.  With her hired help, Bella, she decides to convert her home into an inn, until the Battle of Gettysburg converts it into a field hospital instead.  Although she is the widow of a Union soldier and a Union supporter, she doesn’t hesitate to provide assistance to the Confederate doctors and wounded Confederate soldiers.  One Confederate soldier in particular seems familiar to her, but is he what he seems?

Jocelyn Green weaves a tale with more twists and turns than ever.  It was particularly nice to revisit some old friends from Wedded to War in this book, although they are mentioned as a side note and emerge for just a short scene.  There are just so many unexpected twists and turns and surprises that this book is even more enjoyable to read than the first one in this series.  I think Liberty is an easier character to identify with than Charlotte was in the first book.  I was hooked from the very beginning with this story and although the book is 381 pages long, I finished it in one afternoon because I just couldn’t put it down.

Obviously I had learned about the Battle of Gettysburg from school, but this book offers a different perspective on the reality of the battle on the civilian population.  It was really educational about the medical practices and treatment of battlefield injuries, and why the fatality rate was so high.  I really liked the way the author included Lincoln’s Gettysburg address at the end of the book.  Again, even though I had read his speech before, it was particularly meaningful after reading this book.

Overall, I think this was a great book, even better than the first one in the series.  If you are a fan of historical fiction, you will enjoy this book.  I love to learn while reading and I learned a lot from this book.  Even if you haven’t read the first book in this series, this book stands alone and you can read it first.  I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

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