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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Widow of Gettysburg

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Widow of Gettysburg
River North; New Edition edition (April 12, 2013)
Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.
Jocelyn can be reached through the Contact link on her Website.

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 Rebel scout who awakens her long dormant heart.
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? Widow of Gettysburg is inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Widow of Gettysburg, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
Jocelyn Green has an extraordinary gift and I am blessed to have discovered it.  Widow of Gettysburg is the second book in Green's Heroines Behind the Lines series, but can be read as a stand alone novel.  In this well researched and extremely well written book, Green captures the Civil War Era with vivid description and rich characterization.  She transports you to another time and place and you don't come up for air until you've turned the last page.
Green does an outstanding job of telling the very ugly side of this devastating time in our country which was rife with racial division and loss of life while at the same time weaving a story of faith, love and restoration.  A discussion guide is included making this an excellent choice for your next book club.  You will not be disappointed by this one!

Happy Reading,