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

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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
Kindle Edition, 387 pages
Published June 24th 2012 by River North (first published June 20th 2012)
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Jul 31, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 beg
Jun 28, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
“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 Green

As 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
Jul 09, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Refreshing Change to the "Typical" Historical Christian Fiction

I 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. We
Audrey Grant
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
Shari Larsen
Jul 05, 2012 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kathleen L. Maher
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 effor ...more
Carrie Daws
Jul 07, 2012 Carrie Daws rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2012 Pattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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 vicariousl
Kristie Jones
Jul 08, 2012 Kristie Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 figh ...more
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 fe
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
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 ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Crystal Rafuse
Aug 25, 2012 Crystal Rafuse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w
Dec 23, 2012 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Cindy Behrens
Jun 26, 2012 Cindy Behrens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 23, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 15, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 (de ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Marian Baay
Feb 25, 2013 Marian Baay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the Civil War
Charlotte 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
Lisa Johnson
Nov 03, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Wedded to War
Author: Jocelyn Green
Pages: 400
Year: 2012
Publisher: River North
Note: 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 @lcjohnson1988
Historical 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
Rachel Brand
Jul 26, 2012 Rachel Brand rated it really liked it

PROS: Well-researched; easy to read; relatively unexplored topic in Christian historical fiction

CONS: Historical details often feel dumped rather than woven into story; third love interest feels unnecessary; Ruby’s story feels unfinished; too many perspectives

When the opportunity arises to train as a nurse to aid the Civil War effort, privileged Charlotte Waverly feels called to volunteer. But despit
Mar 16, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Waverly was privileged and beautiful. She had everything she could wish for; a nice home, a loving family, and a dashing suitor. But when the Civil War breaks out, Charlotte cannot just sit back and let her country-men suffer and die. She makes the very unpopular decision to become a "lady- nurse", and must fight desperately for the privilege to serve God, her country, and her fellow man.
This was such a good book! It really opened my eyes to the tragedy and horror of this time era; b
I love historical fiction that is actually grounded in real people and places. This book is brimming with details, people, and events that make the Civil War come to life. At the same time, it's brutally honest about conditions for the poor and wounded. Wedded to War is not a short, light read. The descriptions and details of the horror of war leave you amazed people survived those awful years.
The only thing that bothered me was the shifting point of views. It seemed to be more obvious as the st
Gabrielle Emmons
Two days ago I finished Wedded to War, a historical novel set during the Civil War. And I must say it was very well-written. From page 1, I was captivated not only by the way she wrote but also by the characters. They were so well crafted that I felt I personally knew them. I felt their pain, their sorry, and joy. I could not put it down and would read way into the night just to find out what was happening to the characters.
If you like intricate plots, romance, danger, suspense, well-crafted ch
Jul 08, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! I love historical fiction, I love books that have encouraging messages, and yeah, I love books that have some romance in there (especially when they have awesome, strong Christian women as main characters). "Wedded to War" was a good blend of all of my favorites. The author obviously did her research, and I enjoyed the detailed historical notes at the end. The Biblical references felt natural and appropriate in the context. Yes, I like Christian fiction, but I do not en ...more
This was certainly quite a read. This book is deep and moving in many ways. Anyone who is interested in war time drama would enjoy this read. I also understand this book is loosely based on actual people. The detail is vivid; I could almost see the battlefield with my eyes closed. Charlotte was a true inspiration; filled with spark and bold determination to be a part of making a difference. Phineas was my only complaint; I had trouble reading about such a ridiculous man amongst such an outstandi ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, while fiction, is based on a true story of the first women nurses. It is eye-opening what these women went through. The main character is wealthy and joined because she felt a calling. It is dramatically different from her gentile life, as she is thrown into the midst of the Civil War. This book should be required reading for all nurses and nursing students. It really demonstrates how far we have come. The author does an excellent job of research and providing great detail. I got it a ...more
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