Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War #1) by Jocelyn Green

A Christy Award-nominated title for best new author.

When war erupted, she gave up a life of privilege for a life of significance.

Synopsis:

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 combating 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.

My Thoughts:

What a powerful story!! Right from the beginning I was swept away on a tidalwave of words and blissfully along for the ride.  What a beautiful and poignant picture this story paints. I absolutely loved it! The historical details are flawless. I wasn’t previously aware that women nurses got their foot-hold in the practice of Nursing during the Civil war. I enjoyed learning about some of the history of nursing through this story. I especially appreciated the authentic letters that the author included, it really helped make it all that much more vivid and real.

I enjoyed the vivacious characters and felt like I was involved in the story with them. I found the characters vivid and realistic, they evoked strong reactions. On more than one occasion I found myself talking to them wishing they could hear me and heed my warnings!

If you enjoy reading historical stories, especially ones set during the American Civil War, then you will not want to miss out on snagging this story!! You are sure to love it as much as I have! I look forward to reading the other stories in this series.

(I received a copy of this book in audio-book format from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

JocelynGreen  Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she co-authored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She 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. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines #1)

  Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines #2)

  Yankee in Atlanta (Heroines Behind the Lines #3)

Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines #4)

  Heroines Behind the Lines Series (set of 4 books)

 

First Line Friday: Where Dandelions Bloom

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Today I am excited to be featuring Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson. History comes to life within these pages and a story unfolds that both captivates and entertains. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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April 12, 1861
Howell, Michigan

          “Cassandra Kendrick! What have you done?”

 

Uh-oh! Sounds like someone is in trouble… What did Cassandra do? Or maybe what is she being blamed for?  Hmmm…

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    Where Dandelions Bloom

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Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson

Synopsis:

Cassie Kendrick is on the run. Her abusive father arranged her marriage to a despicable man, but she’s discovered an escape. Disguised as a man, Cassie enlists in the Union army, taking the name Thomas Turner. On the battlefields of the Civil War, keeping her identity a secret is only the beginning of her problems, especially after she meets Gabriel Avery, a handsome young photographer.

Anxious to make his mark on the world and to erase the darkness and guilt lurking from his past, Gabriel works with renowned photographer Matthew Brady to capture images from the front lines of the war. As Gabriel forges friendships with many of the men he encounters, he wonders what the courageous, unpredictable Thomas Turner is hiding.

Battling betrayal, their own personal demons, and a country torn apart by war, can Cassie and Gabriel learn to forgive themselves and trust their futures to the God who births hope and healing in the darkest places?

My Thoughts:

“Did you know that more than 400 women disguised themselves as men and fought for the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War?”

Have you ever wondered what would make a woman in the 1860’s disguise herself as a man, pick up a gun, and fight in a war? I don’t know about you, but when I think of women in the 1860’s I imagine the big hoop skirts with lots of ruffles (Think Gone With The Wind), I never realized that there were women who joined the war efforts.

Author Tara Johnson set out to answer that very question, “what would make women disguise herself as a man, pick up a gun and fight in the Civil War?” For at least one young women living in Howell, Michigan, the answer was to escape a forced engagement to a despicable man.

With vivid imagery and authentic characters, I found myself traveling through the mists of time, and entering a past that I’d only dimly imagined. History comes to life within these pages and a story unfolds that both captivates and entertains. The first few chapters spent time introducing the characters and setting up the story, but after that things really get moving, and I found that I couldn’t put the story down, I had to know what would happen next.

If you enjoy stories set during the American Civil War then you will want to be sure to snag a copy of this story!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

Tara-Johnson A passionate lover of stories, Tara uses fiction, nonfiction, song, and laughter to share her testimony of how God led her into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people pleaser. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and makes her home in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter

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First Line Fridays: A Musket in my Hands

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m happy to be featuring A Musket in my Hands by Sandra Merville Hart. This brand-new Civil War story just released this week! I’m currently reading it, so be sure to watch for my review!

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August 1864
Cageville, Tennessee

          Clopping in the yard drew Callie Jennings’ hand to her throat. She rushed to the window and lifted the curtain. 

 

What does Callie see out the window?  Do you think it’s soldiers?  Pick up your copy today to find out!

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  A Musket in my Hands

 

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Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee Review & Giveaway Blog Tour

Synopsis:

An unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying withit not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.

My Thoughts:

I was blissfully whisked away to a bygone era on a tidal wave of literary enjoyment! Resplendent in historical details, yet not too cumbersome as to be weighty, this engaging story is sure to appeal to those who enjoy stories set during the Civil War.

I especially enjoyed the true story roots and first-hand accounts from Civil War journals. Stephenia McGee pens a story that you won’t soon forget, by breathing new life into history and inviting us to come along for the journey.

Dynamic characters that when faced with life-altering decisions will have you either cheering in approval or cringing in dismay. With deep soul searching conversations that will have you thinking how you would answer the same questions if you were there yourself.

The first quarter of the book focuses on setting the scene and building up the characters, then the action really ramps up in the last quarter and I was fully engaged in the drama! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories set in the Civil War period.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

Steph Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

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Don’t miss out on the other stories:

Leveraging Lincoln: A civil war novel (The Liberator series #1)

Losing Lincoln (The Liberator series #2)

Labeling Lincoln (The Liberator series #3)

 The Liberator box set

Her Place in Time: A time travel romance

 In His Eyes

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First Line Friday: Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m featuring Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson. If you enjoy historical fiction then you won’t want to miss this fantastic story of courage and love. CLICK HERE to read my review.  This story is sure to remind you that you are loved & treasured. There is a God who see’s you and has engraved you on His heart!

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April 12, 1861
Savannah, Georgia

          Don’t fail. Tonight of all nights, don’t fail.

Hmm… Sounds like our heroine has something important happening! Pick up your copy of this wonderful book today!

   Engraved on the Heart

 

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Amongst the Roses (Keystone Legacy #1) by Meghan M. Gorecki

Synopsis:

The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?

Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?

The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.

My Thoughts:

This civil war drama lingered in my mind long after I read the last page. With an intimate look at the Civil war from the perspective of both the front-lines of the battle and from those left behind to keep the home fires burning; This intense story of innocence and dreams lost in the face of a war unlike any other, will touch your heart in new ways.

Margaret Bryant is one of those characters that you start out not liking at all, but over time as the character changes and grows, you begin to understand and appreciate. Raised to follow strict rules of high-society decorum, and left to keep the family together when her father leaves for war. Margaret faces challenges she never expected, yet she rises to the occasion and learns from her mistakes.

I found the first several chapters a bit slow, and filled with an abundance of information and details. The characters in this story are realistic and they will touch your heart with authentic honesty. Raw and filled with emotion, this story isn’t a light read. Have a box of tissue handy!

Even though there are times the story get’s bogged down with information and historical details, I couldn’t help but want to know what was going to happen next. Left with a cliffhanger ending, I can’t get my hands on the second book fast enough!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author

Meghan Gorecki  Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Connect with her on social media and at her blog/website at: northernbellemeg.com
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