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A Christy Award-nominated title for best new author.When war erupted, she gave up a life of privilege for a life of significance.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 becameA Christy Award-nominated title for best new author.When war erupted, she gave up a life of privilege for a life of significance.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....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Wedded to War Reviews

  • Katie
    2019-02-26 23:27

    First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.Okay, first off I just have to say that the War Between the States has intrigued and fascinated me ever since I discovered my love for history. That being said, pretty much any book that has an accurate view of the war I am bound to totally be enthralled with—both to learn new things about the war and to read historians that get the facts straight.Jocelyn Green has done an outstanding job with Wedded to War! Better than I had expected, when I first began the book. While I am a southern girl at heart (Yay, Johnny Reb!), I was spellbound with this heart-wrenching view of how difficult it was for the Northern medical field during the war. The South had a lot of hardships during the war, but so did the North. And, really, Green never "took sides" or even got into the political aspects of the war—Wedded to War focused solely on the medical side of the war and women's (VERY!) hard role in becoming efficient nurses.The romance wasn’t a major part of Wedded to War, but I honestly liked the book more because of that—it’s nice to take a break from reading heated romances and delve into history. And not to say that this book doesn’t have an ounce of romance—oh no! Charlotte has her fair share of courting troubles, a belligerent suitor, and one steadfast friend who has been with her through the hard times. There are a few scenes with adult content that might not be suitable for younger readers. A woman is raped in one scene, another scene where a woman sells her body to survive, as well as several references to prostitution in conversations. But in all of these, Green did a very good job at not getting too descriptive or detailed. I was impressed.All in all, I really enjoyed Wedded to War. The ending came together quickly and, in my opinion, a bit too neatly. But that’d didn’t affect my whole, overall thoughts. I will be placing Wedded to War alongside my other favorite "Civil War Era" books. It was well written, had believable characters, and gave you such a vivid peak into the horrors of war…you will close the book thankful for modern advancements in medicine and hospitals. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series!

  • Julie
    2019-03-08 23:18

    A haunting Civil War epic, Wedded to War is a rich historical tapestry interwoven with a gentle love story that stirs the heart and quickens the soul. Mark my words—Jocelyn Green is an author to watch ... and read ... over and over again.

  • Bettina Dowell
    2019-03-21 22:14

    “We will be feeling these days for the rest of our lives, perhaps-but now is our one moment to do. To act.” Wedded to War, by Jocelyn GreenAs a young woman of refined society in 1861 New York, Charlotte Waverly already was pushing the bounds of societal expectations and her mother’s anxiousness by volunteering in the notorious Five Points section of New York. But as the country descends into Civil War, a call for women to serve as nurses to the military reveals to Charlotte a drive in her heart even she seems to have never truly suspected. Despite her young age, which does not meet the commission’s qualifications, Charlotte manages to secure a place in the training program for Union Army nurses.What follows is an adventure involving not only Charlotte, but a cast of engaging characters that one cannot help but become deeply involved with as the story grows and develops with each chapter. With incredible accuracy and historical research, Jocelyn has created a picture of the Civil War era which leaps off the page. Very quickly, you will find yourself choosing sides, cheering for some characters while despising others. The mesmerizing story absolutely pulls you in.Not only is this an incredibly enjoyable read, it is also a story of encouragement and hope revolving around the themes of grace, redemption and what one can do when you listen to the voice of your heart and your God, instead of the surrounding culture. For a story that will enthrall and encourage, read Jocelyn Green’s Wedded to War.

  • Amy
    2019-03-18 02:19

    A Refreshing Change to the "Typical" Historical Christian FictionI enjoy Christian Fiction - contemporary, historical, super-natural, suspense... Really most there is to offer in the Christian Fiction arena - I enjoy it because it is safe to read and reading is my favorite "me-time" activity.There are parts of Christian Fiction I'm not such a fan of though - witnessing through the characters, giving a salvation message, "preaching" as an addition to the storyline when it's really unnecessary. Wedded to War left that part of the genre out - Thank you Jocelyn Green! The characters' faith was portrayed in interesting, uplifting and relevant ways.This is not the typical "war + love + history" book either. There is so much more history than many other books of this style - being a history lover, it was very interesting to see real stories, documents, etc. throughout the pages - it really brought "history to life" Thank you, Jocelyn Green, for your intense research, for enlightening me on some of the "darker" sides of what could seem an idyllic time, and your intriguing story. I will try to wait patiently for the next book in the series.

  • Audrey Grant
    2019-03-02 00:16

    This is a civil war novel unlike your normal civil war books. This has a lot of past history in it that deals with the beginning of nursing in our nation. It is amazing what some of the women in our country had to decide, endure and stand up against just to be allowed to nurse our men during war. Everyone knows about F. Nightingale but what some of the women from the North and South went through was eye opening!This book deals with hospital ships, immigrants, slime-ball men (haven't there always been creeps who pass themselves off as upper class?)...and the promise of a happy ending!

  • Kathleen L. Maher
    2019-03-02 02:15

    Jocelyn Green is on my figurative dart board. She has written the consummate portrait of a Civil War nurse, and that riles me, as a long-time student and writer of Civil War era fiction. Her attention to detail and stellar research truly saturate each page of this story. Her debut fiction novel is based on the diary of Georgeanna Woolsey, a young lady of privilege from Manhattan who leaves behind her posh salons and world-class dining and theater to forge the way for women to serve the war effort. So my first dart aimed at this author is, I admit, aimed in pure jealousy, because I long to write with that level of immersion.But the next dart I aimed, instead of jealousy, is all admiration. She has set the bar high, and I aim to meet it. Her heroine Charlotte Waverly has all the pluck necessary to not only leave her pampered life behind, but to take on the most odious work for the Union Sanitary Commission, all under intense persecution from men who view women like her as interlopers, inept and easily dismissed. the background story of love interests, courtship, social and gender prejudices, and of course epic war, keep the tension sizzling on every page.My dart arsenal fires again for the romance thread--a dead bullseye. She creates a wonderful hero in Caleb Lansing, Charlotte's long-time friend who now serves as a Federal army surgeon. Though we don't get to see him much due to Charlotte's engrossing story and a full cast of characters and subplots, Caleb's presence is felt throughout. He is the one she longs for, the one who represents comfort and goodness and the pursuit of her dreams. His acceptance and encouragement of her avocation in a world dominated by men makes him truly heroic--the reader will keep going to the very end to see how they overcome courtship rivalry, war logistics, sickness, and their own insecurities to find their happily ever after.And finally, one last dart aimed at Ms. Green's way of making each character three dimensional and sympathetic--even the antagonistic Mr. Phineas Hastings. I loved her treatment of the Irish immigrant, Ruby, whose husband serves in the NY "Fighting" 69th. Since my own great grandfather John Cronin served in the 69th it held personal interest to me. Glimpses into Frederick Law Olmsted, the head of the Sanitary Commission, and also the hospital chaplain Edward Goodrich add dimension to the story.This really is a must read for any student of the Civil War, of women's rights, and of the advent of modern medicine. Meticulously researched and engaging, Wedded to War hits the mark on every score.

  • Carrie Daws
    2019-03-02 05:25

    I've always loved fiction and it's ability to draw me into the story and forget all else about me. But what really gets my attention is when fiction can not only entertain,but also teach. Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green definitely caught my attention.As a purely fictional story, the characters and action never failed to invite me into the events. I laughed, cried, cheered and suppressed the urge to thrash a man or two. I love Charlotte's outspokenness. Most of my favorite lines from the book were her speaking. The gentleness of Alice, the sweetness of Ruby, and the gradual growth of all the characters who refused to let the men who braved the battle of the American Civil War fight disease alone combined to endear them all to me.But more than just a story, I learned so much! I've read Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell's story before, but seeing the women rise to the occasion of becoming the first female nurses in spite of the odds of war and the opinions of the men who thought them too soft was heartening. After reading a fictionalized version, I cannot imagine being in their shoes and handling it all as gracefully as they did. They are heros to be cheered and placed before our girls as examples of dedication, perseverance and steadfastness.Bible verses were sprinkled throughout, all well-placed and appropriate to the storyline without seeming forced. It was obvious which relied on God to get them through the difficulties of the War and how critical a key phrase from Scripture would help them refocus on the task at hand. I particularly liked the struggle of the Chaplain as he wrestled with God's goodness as he lived amongst the realities of battle.This may be Mrs. Green's debut fiction novel but it is an incredible book. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance or Civil War history.

  • Shari Larsen
    2019-03-09 03:28

    28 year old Charlotte Waverly is determined to do her part for the Union in the Civil War, so along with a small group of women, she leaves a life of privilege and wealth to train as a nurse. Besides fighting the Rebellion, she soon finds they are fighting corruption, harassment and opposition from the doctors and surgeons. Her finance, Phineas Hastings, disproves of her newly found independence and determination, and tries to force her to make a choice, love and marriage, or duty to cause that the North seems to losing?A poor Irish immigrant, Ruby O'Flannery, who is forced to do the unthinkable to avoid starvation, knows a secret about Phineas, but can she warn Charlotte about it in time, without exposing her own secrets?This story was based on the life of a real Civil War nurse, Georgeanna Woolsey. The Sanitary Commission she worked under was the forerunner of the Red Cross. This story is rich in detail, about the harsh conditions and discrimination women nurses had to face at that time. It does not glorify the war but exposes the grim truth. Many men died from unsanitary conditions in the camps before they even faced a battle. These women were amazing to stick with it given the working conditions they had and the prejudice they faced from the doctors.

  • Pattie
    2019-03-17 04:03

    This is the kind of historical fiction I like--full of facts and details, but not boring. A love story but not the kind that's all-encompassing and overpowering and too romance-y. Plus, it's about the Civil War, which I've had a bit of a crush on since fifth grade. It reminds me just a little bit of a more realistic version of Gone With the Wind.Two favorite characters: Edward, based on the first hospital chaplain in the US (and since my husband is a trained hospital chaplain, I could vicariously relate to many of the struggles he faces); and of course our main gal, Charlotte, who seems to me to be a bit of a mixture of Gone With the Wind's Melanie and Scarlett (the best of both of them, minus the "Tomorrow is another day" procrastination).Overall, I highly recommend this novel, and I'm looking very much forward to the rest of the series.Special thanks to the publisher for offering this book for free on Kindle at the beginning of July. The paperback arrived as I was finishing the novel in time for the CFBA blog tour.

  • Laura
    2019-03-03 23:05

    WEDDED TO WAR is inspired by the true story of a Civil War nurse. While fictionalized it contains some of Ms. Woolsey's letters and journal entries as well as notes by the author. WEDDED TO WAR is written in parts, before the nursing call, during the nursing call, after, etc. There really is no promise of a happy ever after as most romance readers like, but this is woman's fiction and not a romance, though Charlotte is involved in relationships with men in various parts of the book. I loved Caleb, and hoped they would form a relationship beyond what they had. But again, this isn't a romance. If you love history, the history of nursing, women's rights history, or historicals based on real life stories, then WEDDED TO WAR is a book to consider. While long (over 400 pages) it is easy reading and kept me engaged throughout the book.

  • Kristie Jones
    2019-03-05 21:33

    Downloaded free from Amazon. Longer than most free download. The characters and story were well developed allowing the reader to experience almost first hand the turmoil of the events.

  • Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
    2019-03-27 01:07

    I just have to start of by saying, I love reading about the Civil War. There is so much history there. It is one of my favorite times to study about. I devoured my history books in college when we studied it in class. I love the movies Gods and Generals (based on the book by Jeff Shaara) and Gettysburg (based on the book The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara). I'm always looking for more information during that time. I will say, where I live at, I tend to study more of the Southern side of the war. So, it was interesting to read about these characters in Wedded to War, based on actual accounts from the women of the north.Wedded to War follows Charlotte Waverly. Charlotte is twenty-eight years old, a spinster by society standards. She lost her father when she was sixteen to a brutal illness that was sweeping through the city. She was the only one in her family that stayed to tend him and she was the only one of her family to be there when he died. Even though she has avoided blood and illness since then, Charlotte feels led to serve as a nurse to the Union army. However she is faced with road blocks at almost every point along the way. Charlotte's mother is adamant that she shouldn't go, Charlotte's place is in the home, looking for a husband. The director of the nursing program finds Charlotte too pretty, too young, and too unmarried to be considered a nurse under her guidelines. The male surgeons find Charlotte just in the way. Women shouldn't be in this field of work. They are far to emotional.However, throughout the story, Charlotte perseveres. She is determined to do the job she trained for. She feels the need to help and help she will. Charlotte has to be one of the strongest female leads I have read about. It's amazing how her story is based on actual accounts from Georgeanna Woolsy. It was such a hard time for everyone in one way or another.The story brought to it a grittiness that surrounds battles. Not the battle themselves, but the afterwards. Surgeons had to figure out who was worth saving and who wasn't. There is death, blood, and bodily fluids. Jocelyn Green was able to bring this time in history alive again with her words. The historical detail to the war and the response to it was wonderful and I was able to learn something new about a time I enjoy to study.Thank you to Moody/River North Publishers, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Loraine
    2019-03-26 00:25

    SUMMARY: It's April 1861, and the Union Army's Medical Department is a disaster, completely unprepared for the magnitude of war. A small group of New York City women, including 28-year-old Charlotte Waverly, decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and social ostracism. Charlotte leaves a life of privilege, wealth-and confining expectations-to be one of the first female nurses for the Union Army. She quickly discovers that she's fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role. At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision: Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing? An Irish immigrant named Ruby O'Flannery, who turns to the unthinkable in the face of starvation, holds the secret that will unlock the door to Charlotte's future. But will the rich and poor confide in each other in time?REVIEW: The historical research that the author used for this book was incredible. The detail of both Civil War information as well as the information on the beginnings of the female nursing core for the Union Army and Irish immigration each added to the quality of this story. The plethora of complex and interesting characters and the involved storyline made this a wonderful book from beginning to end. I loved Charlotte's strong, independent attitude and her willingness to sacrifice to help others. Definitely an early feminist!! I look forward to reading others in this series.FAVORITE QUOTE: "Now make up your mind and do the right thing, even if it hurts. If you know what God says about it, well obey that. And don't try to figure your way out of it to please yourself."

  • Casey
    2019-03-07 04:28

    I’m a bit of a Civil War junkie. I’ve studied that particular battle for several years in school and love learning more. So when this novel came up for review, nurses on the front lines of the war, I was immediately raising my hand in request. The research that went into this novel would have been extensive, and I could appreciate the time it must have taken. The novel covers the first two years of the war and its destruction, but also the very strong bias on the part of the needy doctors who weren’t willing to work with women nurses. Charlotte is not your weak heroine and her take-charge, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer made me want to send a “you go, girl!” her way. She did so in a simple, wanting to help way which makes her a very likeable character. I actually would have liked to see more of the actual nursing happening in the novel. I thought the opportunity for those scenes of character strength showcased in our heroine’s actions in the wards were missed. The many historical facts were great, but did detract from the main story. I liked seeing the varying aspects of society and people’s choices at their time, I just wished I had seen more of that and their individual stories and not so much historical documentation. It’s not a romance, but rather a love story and a novel of overcoming and hope for a new future. I’d be interested in knowing if the following novels are sequels which characters that carry over… This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.

  • Crystal Rafuse
    2019-02-23 22:16

    I found "Wedded to War" quite by accident, but being fascinated by all things Civil War I decided to give it a try. I have to say, Jocelyn Green is now among one of my new favorite authors! I literally couldn't put this novel down! How many times have you read a book/watched a documentary on the Civil War, only to have it focus on the brave men who fought & gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice to God and their country? For once, it is so refreshing to read a tale about the brave WOMEN who gave their service in the bloodiest war our country has ever known. The fact that it is based on an actual woman is most fascinating of all! These events actually happened, and there were strong, independent, BRAVE women, right there with our brave troops! And as if that wasn't enough to convince you already, the characters are extremely well thought out, and very likeable. You will get emotionally involved with the characters (I promise!), and find yourself cheering on Charlotte, Alice, Ruby & Caleb each step of the way, through each of their triumphs and heartaches, alike. I would HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone interested in, not only the Civil War, but the plight of women to find some semblance of equality in our country, long before Suffragism had even been thought of. This is an amazing (and accurate) historical account of how a handful of brave women really can make a difference in the world! Kudos to Jocelyn Green on writing such a great novel, and I truly look forward to her next work in the "Heroines Behind the Lines" series!!

  • Cafelilybookreviews
    2019-03-24 02:23

    Just when I think I can’t love historical fiction, more than I already do, a book like Wedded to War comes along. At 384 pages, this is a thick book, but the time flew by for me as I became completely immersed in the story. First book in the Heroines Behind The Lines series, this is the writing of a seasoned professional. The story of Charlotte Waverly absolutely came alive and I could visually imagine the sights and sounds, described in the writing. Charlotte has been raised in privilege but feels called to do more with her life, than simply attend parties, entertain suitors and be the belle of the ball. She feels a deep compassion for the sick and the wounded, casualties of war, and her heart is stirred by the less fortunate. She goes against all odds and protocol, when she signs up to become a nurse for the United States Sanitary Commission. Her mother is appalled, and Charlotte has to follow her heart in spite of the disapproval of her family and friends. The author based this book on the real life story of war nurse, Georgeanna Woolsey. I would strongly encourage reading the author’s notes in the back of the book, which detail how she came up with the story and the research involved. I cannot wait to read the next books in this series. Wedded To War is an absolute MUST read for those who enjoy historical fiction.

  • Lily
    2019-03-19 23:22

    I received the book as part of the goodreads giveaway. I generally enjoy historical fiction and this book sounded right up my alley. It takes place in the 1860 during the civil war and is primarily based and actual events and people. The main characters are society sisters Alice and Charlotte who are determined to help the war effort - with Charlotte going so far as enlisting to become a nurse (previously not an option for women and definite not considered something respectable, well-bred women did).There is a nice little fictional tale woven through the story. I felt the plot line which follows Ruby, a poor Irish immigrant from New York, was captivating and true to the experiences of many in her shoes - though she is one of the few main characters which is not based on a true person. Without giving anything away, while her fate was what I was hoping for it was not consistent with the majority of people like her. The book had a sweet Christian feel to it however was in no way a religious book.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading books from this time period as well as any civil war or history buffs.

  • Rtdrewjuno.com
    2019-03-14 03:25

    I fell in love with this novel! I found myself completely enveloped in the historical references to life during the Civil War. The main character's pioneering venture into the field of nursing held so many unexpected challenges and frustrations. It was inspiring to discover the great lengths women went to during this era to serve both God and their country. Green also takes the reader through several significant prevailing questions in life including: What is God’s calling for me and how does He want me to serve Him? How will I respond when trial and tribulation fall on me? What role will love and marriage have in my life?It is no small feat to weave together a gripping historical account of life during the Civil War and still manage to effortlessly covey a beautiful love story. I found myself emotionally attached to the characters and sad to leave them when the story ended. You will not only enjoy this novel, but you will be waiting on the edge of your seat for the next!

  • Cindy Behrens
    2019-03-16 02:15

    I thought this book was fantastic. The characters were well developed, the plot was very interesting, and the writing was very smooth. This was definitely a book I couldn't put down. The history was wonderful. The author, Jocelyn Green, did a wonderful job taking her readers back to the Civil War era. She did a superb job depicting the soldiers life. The book was a true pleasure to spend time in. I am looking forward to the other two books in the series.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-08 02:03

    This book will be loved by any history buff who enjoys it in fiction. It's based on a true story. This book has a strong setting with amazing characters. It takes you to the Civil War where so many horrors occurred. This series is different than most as the focus is on the sacrifices women made. It's a tremendous read that I highly recommend!

  • Amanda
    2019-03-11 22:22

    With great historical detail, this is a nice look into the lives of female nurses during the civil war. I had no idea that it was very much frowned upon for women to do war time nursing.

  • Erin
    2019-03-06 03:11

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Jocelyn Green's The Mark of the King in January, I was excited to go back and read one of her previous releases. This story was inspired by the life of Georgeanna Woolsey, real life pioneer nurse during the Civil War, which was also a draw for me. The history of nursing is so fascinating! It has come so far in less than 200 years.Our Georgeanna stand-in is Charlotte Waverly, a New York socialite who is beginning to grow old enough to hear "old maid" whispers. Always a bit unconventional, Charlotte is interested in helping with the war effort in any way she can. When she hears about training beginning to be offered for female nurses, she's determined to be among the first who answer the call, even though it means going against the wishes of her mother and the man who is courting her.The resistance of those close to home is nothing like what Charlotte faces both in getting into the program and once she travels to Washington. The Army is convinced that women have no business nursing wounded soldiers, no matter how great the need. Yet once the battles begin, they begrudgingly allow Charlotte to begin assisting - but only with the most menial, humiliating tasks.Alongside Charlotte, this is also the story of Ruby, an Irish immigrant whose husband has enlisted. The poverty she's known in New York slums only grows worse as Matthew's paycheck fails to arrive. In desperate straights, Ruby is forced to consider prostitution in order to keep food on the table.I did not enjoy this book as much as I anticipated. I think I would have enjoyed a book about Georgeanna herself more than this fictional account. I felt there were too many point of view characters who did not serve a real purpose, and for some reason I never felt a connection with Charlotte. This may have been because the main antagonist is so horrifying that it was hard to understand why she couldn't see through him, and I could not understand what was preventing her and the man she truly loved from expressing their feelings. There were also sexual assault scenes, which while tactfully written, still were disturbing. The historical side of this novel was quite interesting. Another series on the development of the nursing field is Sarah Sundin's Wings of a Nightingale, which focuses on the first flight nurses during World War II. I would recommend those books before this one, but I will probably check out more Jocelyn Green books in the future, as her 2017 release was so good.This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  • Rachel Brand
    2019-03-19 04:32

    GENRE: HISTORICALPUBLISHER: RIVER NORTHPUBLICATION DATE: JULY 1, 2012 RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5 – GOODPROS: Well-researched; easy to read; relatively unexplored topic in Christian historical fictionCONS: Historical details often feel dumped rather than woven into story; third love interest feels unnecessary; Ruby’s story feels unfinished; too many perspectivesWhen the opportunity arises to train as a nurse to aid the Civil War effort, privileged Charlotte Waverly feels called to volunteer. But despite her desire to offer her services, her family and the doctors she works beside are disapproving and unreceptive to her efforts. As her mother and beau continue to be scandalised by her new occupation, Charlotte finds the hospitals where she offers her aid begin to relent and admit that they require the assistance of nurses, even if they are female. But as the war drags on, it becomes apparent that Charlotte will not be returning to her family in New York any time soon. The pressure from her mother and beau piles on, and Charlotte has to consider whether nursing is God’s ultimate plan for her or if she should give up her job in order to marry. But could she really marry someone who is so disapproving of the work she feels called to? When a man from her past reappears, Charlotte feels even more challenged about the direction in which she should take her life.Meanwhile, Irish immigrant Ruby O’Flannery has waved her husband off to war and is still struggling to make ends meet. Her husband’s military wages have yet to arrive, and Ruby can’t pay her rent with the meagre money she makes from her sewing. As the days turn to weeks, and still no news comes from her husband, she is forced to move out of her apartment and look for other options. Life as a servant appears to be her best option, but after a horrific occurrence, Ruby is forced to leave her place of employment and turn towards a career that only the hopeless choose. When she receives some devastating news, a female doctor takes pity on her and sends her to Washington to aid Charlotte and the other female nurses. Ruby’s life looks like it might take a turn for the better. Could this second chance rekindle her faith in God?Although I spent my entire senior year of high school studying the US Civil War, I don’t think I’ve actually read many fictional accounts of the war. But Jocelyn Green’s novel appealed to me as I like to read about unconventional woman, and despite how incredibly squeamish I am, my mother has been a nurse for over twenty years. Wedded to War satisfied the historian in me to some extent, and I could tell from the start that the novel had been meticulously researched. This isn’t your typical historical romance novel with a couple of facts hastily thrown in to make it feel authentic. The romance itself isn’t at the forefront of the novel, and I appreciated being able to witness Charlotte’s character development before she ultimately made the decision on whether or not she should marry.That said, some readers may be frustrated at the way the historical facts are presented in Wedded to War. As a student of history, I could appreciate how much research Jocelyn had done, and enjoyed reading her notes about the inspiration for the story. But even I felt that the historical details were, at times, not as gently woven into the story as they could have been. I enjoyed the extracts from Georgeanna Woolsey’s letters that were interspersed throughout the novel, but there were times when characters quoted from reports and newspapers that felt a bit forced and awkward. I would have preferred to have seen the filth and devastation of some of the hospitals, rather than have a character read a report on the matter. Since I do spend a fair amount of my time reading primary source documents, I like to read a fictional account of history when I pick up a novel, not a regurgitation of a document that I could probably gain access to if I tried. For those who aren’t scholars of history, this might not be so much of an issue, but I do hope that the smoother integration of history and fiction is something that Jocelyn focuses on in her next novel.In her attempts to present as many perspectives on the US Civil War as possible, Jocelyn introduced far more characters than I expected. As well as Charlotte and Ruby, we also have Phineas, Charlotte’s beau, her sister and her husband, a doctor and a chaplain. While each of these characters did provide details on different elements of the war experience, I did sometimes feel that I connected with certain characters more than others. While I sympathised with Charlotte and Ruby in particular, and grew to hate Phineas, I never truly got to know Caleb, the doctor, or Edward, the chaplain. In fact, Edward’s perspective sometimes felt unnecessary, and I wasn’t entirely sure why he was introduced as a third love-interest for Charlotte. At times, I almost felt that I enjoyed Ruby’s sections of the story more than Charlotte’s. It was empowering to see Charlotte forcing herself to stay strong despite the horrors she witnessed in her nursing endeavours, but Ruby’s situation was so much more precarious. I appreciated that Jocelyn chose to write about women in Ruby’s position, who were sometimes forced to turn towards disreputable work in order to support themselves and their families. The treatment of one event in particular and Ruby’s guilt and disgrace afterward really evoked sympathy for all the women who were forced to remain silent about the way they’d been treated for fear of social ruin. I was pleased that Ruby’s story had an optimistic ending, but did feel that her story was left unfinished. I would have preferred a more conclusive ending to Ruby’s story.Despite the amount of research Jocelyn put into her novel, Wedded to War makes for a surprisingly easy read. I sped through it far faster than I expected, and although some details are a little gruesome, I really got a feel for how it was to be a nurse during the Civil War. As a fiction debut, Wedded to War shows a lot of promise, and I hope that Jocelyn’s writing matures as the Heroines Behind the Lines series develops. Wedded to War won’t be joining my list of favourite historical novels due to my gripes with the presentation of historical facts and some story-telling elements, but I’m glad that I had the opportunity to learn about some of the lesser known elements of the Civil War. I’m sure that anyone who reads this novel will come out with a greater respect for the women who fought to become nurses.

  • Bhriv
    2019-03-23 03:16

    Wedded to War, written by Jocelyn Green, is book 1 of Heroines Behind the Lines series.Awesome read! Intense! I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but was NOT disappointed. The way that the book is set up is somewhat like a diary or several diaries. Charlotte, one of my favorites,...what a giving character! Well-to-do but oh so generous of her self, giving to others, being the hands and eyes to help in time of war. I love novels about the Civil War era and this one was definitely intense. It has a ton of information on how things were done at that time, how unsanitary it was back then, how giving some people were...great research! If you want a story with lots of descriptions, well-developed characters, feelings that are shown in each character whether they are the sweet giving ones or the most degenerate of all characters, redemption, hope, inspiration, and romance ....you'll love this book! I recommend this book for older teen (only because of some of the descriptions of hateful acts and some of the war might be harder for younger teens to process) through adult. Loved it!

  • Lillian Bittle
    2019-03-20 21:13

    I am potentially interested in becoming a nurse myself, someday, and this book was was of an interest to me. It was amazing to see how much nursing has increased and decreased in certain ways since the 1860's. Plus the book starts telling the story pretty much when nursing got started. But although it has a lot of information about nursing, it doesn't leave the lives of the characters in a lurch.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-03-21 01:12

    Title: Wedded to WarAuthor: Jocelyn GreenPages: 400Year: 2012Publisher: River NorthNote: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, especially when it comes to the Civil War era. As I get older, I learn there is much more to history than I originally knew or remembered. This particular novel begins with an explanation about the Sanitary Commission. As we read about the characters and places, the author does a masterful job of portraying the geographical area so we can see it in our minds as we read. Perhaps when we look at our nation’s capital and the area around it, we tend to forget it hasn’t always looked as it does now. Several times we are drawn back to how medicine, ambulances, war, people, immigrants, and more lived as well as died during this time frame. The story is based in part on real people and events while other parts of the fiction are not. The novel is divided up into five parts with each part containing chapters that build a story the reader gets lost in. One of the main characters, Charlotte, is from a well off family who desires to pursue a life of service through nursing. Caleb is a young man she has grown up with. He was with her when her father passes and goes on to become a fine doctor. When the war calls for service, both Caleb and Charlotte answer; however, one of them is met with fierce obstacles. Ruby is an Irish immigrant whose history is slowly unveiled as we read about her adventures and exploits. Ruby sews in order to eke out a living while her husband enlists in the Irish brigade. Ruby has a past that has heartache and is convinced that God has nothing to do with her when she is taken advantage of by a man who is supposed to be respectable. Phineas has a dark past he tries very hard to hide as he attempts to win the affections of Charlotte, desiring her to be his wife. His mother sees through his various attempts to mask his true identity, which only enrages him. At first, he is accepted as Charlotte’s suitor, but later his true nature is exposed. Who exposes his dark secrets? Edwards is a man who loves the Lord, but struggles with his faith as he sees the horrible results of battles. He, too, is smitten with Charlotte, but knows that she has caught the attention of another man. What will he do with his affections as well as his questions? Where will Ruby end up when she births a baby? What happens to her husband? The novel is a well-woven masterpiece that will touch your heart and surprise you as well. There are other stories to be included in this new series. Are you up for an adventure? You won’t be sorry to make time to read Wedded to War.My rating is 5 stars.

  • Laura
    2019-03-16 23:03

    At the outbreak of the Civil War, women were meant to stay home and care for their families, prepare bandages for the wounded but only if their husbands allowed them to, and to leave the fighting, doctoring, and nursing to men. At the age of 28, considered to be an old maid, though she did have one suitor, Charlotte Waverly was discontent in remaining home and doing nothing. She came from a home of privilege, but her heart was for the poor and wounded. She did help out in different areas working for the poor in the city, but it wasn’t enough. When the paper announced openings for nurses to work with the injured from the war, she signed up.Charlotte’s suitor, Phineas Hastings, was against her going, but since she was not engaged, she departed for the schooling and then off to her assigned position. The on again, off again romance during between them is just one part of the story. His secret past catching up with him, and her secret crush on a childhood friend, brings in a clash of romance that herald even more demands.Jocelyn Green has done an exemplary job of describing the circumstances during the plight of the Civil War, and the women’s work as nurses under the authority of rude and insulting doctors during this difficult period of time. War is never a place for ease and comfort, but the amenities we have today were not available during the Civil War. The author stresses the lack of means to rescue the injured; enough food to feed the injured; clean, sterile hospitals; regular supplies to treat the injured; and the lack of personnel to accommodate the injured. The atrocities of the war were not hidden, and the women were given the same rules of propriety as the men. Emotions or tears were not allowed.I’m always intrigued by new information about the Civil War, and Jocelyn has written a historical novel that has satisfied my interest. The intertwining romance gives us a respite from the horrifics of the war. She also weaves into the story the challenges of a poor woman whose husband is at war, and she has to fend for herself financially. How she accomplishes this is heart-breaking.The characters are well-defined and real–the good and the bad. The attitudes towards women nurses are definitely obvious and crude, leaving much to be desired! Charlotte’s kind and giving heart and her tenacity drew my heart to her. Ruby’s plight brought out compassion and pain. They became my favorite characters in Jocelyn’s book.It’s not a fast read, but that allows for the content to reverberate through your mind, wondering how you would react in the circumstances these men and women were involved in. I know I’d have a hard time biting my tongue at times!This book was provided free through Bonnie Leon of CFBA in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-01 05:31

    Do I love me some Civil War historical fiction! I especially enjoy stories written about the women that broke cultural and societal lines to answer the call of a greater purpose, like nurses. They were often rejected by their families and treated terribly by the doctors they were sent to.Today that makes no sense and leaves me smh (I recently learned what that meant, so I wanted to show I am still hip and jive folks. P.S. It means "shaking my head."), but back then women who desired to serve their country during the war by caring for soldiers fought an uphill battle. These were brave women who not only blazed a trail but saved thousand of lives in the process.Wedded to War Jocelyn Green is a work of fiction, 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 of what pioneering nurses endured. I enjoyed the pieces of Woolsey’s writings Green included throughout the novel. It was a great reminder of who these women were.The variety of characters provided insight into the Civil War world, those who sought to make a difference and those who sadly sought to use the war for their own gain. Green’s array of character’s made me love the story even more!It's April 1861, and the Union Army's Medical Department is a disaster, completely unprepared for the magnitude of war. A small group of New York City women, including 28-year-old Charlotte Waverly, decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and social ostracism. Charlotte leaves a life of privilege, wealth-and confining expectations-to be one of the first female nurses for the Union Army. She quickly discovers that she's fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role. At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision: Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing? An Irish immigrant named Ruby O'Flannery, who turns to the unthinkable in the face of starvation, holds the secret that will unlock the door to Charlotte's future. But will the rich and poor confide in each other in time?This one is definitely worth your reading time :).I received this lovely gem from River North/Moody Publishing for review.booksandbeverages.wordpress.com

  • Katie
    2019-03-20 22:14

    I absolutely adored this novel for so many reasons. Historical fiction is one of my favorite types of books, and to read about one of the first female nurses (based on a real-life woman named Georgeanna Woolsey) during the Civil War was not only educational but inspiring! Charlotte (the fictional character) followed her heart to do something more with her life, to prove to herself, and others, that women are valuable & needed, and to leave everything of comfort behind to follow her dream (despite everyone in her life telling her NO!) was truly an inspiration. It also has a once-in-a-lifetime (and again, based on true events) love story that will just melt your heart. For me, I am always looking for ways to do more with my life, to find the deeper meaning and to get out there in the world to do something truly amazing, so this book really struck a chord with me. I could relate to a lot of the storyline & to Charlotte’s character; I loved it!Jocelyn Green did a fantastic job with the details of the war & the time period - how women were treated, especially as nurses, prostitution, family life, hooped skirts, and the smells, sights, and sounds of the wounded men in the hospitals (tents, cots, in the mud, etc.) that really made you feel like you were actually there. At one point she spoke about amputating a man's leg and she goes into some detail about the use of a bone saw, the grinding of the blade when it hit the bone, and the sound the leg made when it hit the floor; just astounding. Really hits home about just how truly dedicated these nurses were and what they went through to help their country... in a way, it almost makes your own life feel so wasteful. Highly recommended for history buffs!!

  • Marian Baay
    2019-03-26 21:10

    During the Civil WarCharlotte Waverly is going to find out, in this story, how hard it is for a woman to become a nurse in 1861. Charlotte is determined and works her way into nursing. She will proof her worth—working from the lowest position of emptying chamber pots to real nursing. Coming from a rich family, Charlotte is not accustomed to hard work, but she will show that she is not afraid of hard and dirty work, and proof that a woman is also capable of nursing. Together with her sister Alice, Charlotte travels from New York to the battlefield to be close to her sister’s husband and to do her work in a hospital. Some time later an Irish woman will walk into their lives—Ruby—who has several secrets to hide. Somehow Ruby’s secret has to do with Charlotte’s suitor. Will Ruby ever find the courage to share her secret? Jocelyn Green is a talented storyteller who has done a lot of research for this book. The historical details are nicely woven into this story. It was fascinating to see how difficult it was for women in those days to become a nurse. And like with almost every war story I have finished reading—I am so grateful to live in peace and have no personal knowledge of the horrors of war. After finishing this book I am also grateful for the medical help and supplies we have these days.Lovers of Civil War fiction will enjoy reading this book!