Wedded to War has succeeded in being everything Christian historical fiction should be: a well written story set in a real time and place that explores serious subjects through unforgettable characters. In short: a great novel.
That is what Jocelyn Green's Wedded to War is...and this is her first novel! "Stunning!" comes to mind if I were told to give a one word review.
When I read about this series, the Heroines Behind the Lines Series, I though to myself "I bet these Civil War stories will really ring true because of the author's experiences as a military wife and because all her other books were for military families. After all, the thoughts and feelings, hopes and losses of those in the military and their families haven't really changed." It is so true... Mrs. Green has written about the Civil War with a depth that makes you love the characters and lets you experience their times.
Her writing is just plain beautiful, that is the best word I have for it. Whether she is writing a reflective scene that lets us see into Dr. Caleb Lansing's heart, or a hospital scene where Nurse Charlotte Waverly is tending the worst of the wounded, each scene is described so well that we are placed there in the moment. We are allowed to see everything fully, and the descriptions never weigh down the story.
In Wedded to War, Jocelyn Green has spun several stories into one novel, and she writes in the exact tone needed for each character so we can get to know them. Whether it is Irish girl Ruby O'Flannery or young chaplain Edward Goodrich, the characters live and breathe on these pages. They live life with passion, and they have many dimensions to their stories.
I am actually glad that I waited to read Wedded To War for so long...because the next book, Widow of Gettysburg has just released and I was able to begin the next volume right away. If you haven't read either, buy both together. They are worth every penny!
And then go connect with Jocelyn Green on her Facebook, Twitter, and websites: Heroines Behind the Lines and JocelynGreen.com so you can keep up with her writing news as she works on the next two books... Yankee of Atlanta and Spy of Richmond!
Thank you to Moody Press for my review copy of this book!
Jocelyn Green is an award-winning author and freelance writer. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. Jocelyn also co-authored ofStories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan, which won the Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America in 2010, and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, which inspired her first novel: Wedded to War.