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Sing for Us

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  70 reviews
During the dying days of the Civil War, Letha Bartlett lovingly tends to the wounded in a Confederate hospital in Richmond, Virginia. A widow herself, her gentle touch and fiercely protective personality bring comfort and courage to the soldiers in her care. When Granville Pollard, a Northerner who spurned his Union father to fight for the Confederacy, enters the ward, Let ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
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Martha Johnson
Second half was a disappointment

I am predisposed to like historical fiction, and I did like the beginning of this story. The author gathered an interesting collection of characters to follow in a Confederate army hospital in the last months of the Civil War. However, dramatic events unfolded in the middle and I felt I was reading a script for a soap opera. The plot itself was fine but the dialogue, particularly that of the heroine, was so stiff and unnatural and overly formal. Obviously people did no
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Joyce
I loved this book! It is set during the Civil War and most of it takes place at a field hospital in Virginia. The main characters are Letha Bartlett, a young widow who has joined the war to serve as nurse, and patients in the hospital including Granville, a musician from the North who had fought for the South but ended up losing both legs, and Sergeant Crump, a farmer from Alabama who lost one leg. The author masterfully described the people and the situation so skillfully that it made it really ...more
Peggy
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story telling

Make sure you have tissues handy as you read this book. You will come to care deeply for these characters as the story unfolds. Letha a young widow is the matron for a ward at Chimborazo hospital in Richmond, Virginia in the closing months of the Civil War. The patients are fleshed out in remarkable fashion and you grow to love them almost as much as Letha does. A truly excellent book.
Cheryal
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It immediately went on my favorites list.
There was a love story in it, but it did not consume the book.
It was about the end of the civil war. The bulk of the story took place in a rebel hospital ward.
The hardships were many.
The characters were strong.
It was eloquently written.
I sent a copy to Mandy who will be mad at me when she sobs during parts of the book.
I would read it again in a minute.
Good book for book club.
Dianna
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-winner, own
Based on a true story, Steven Wise has told this unforgettable tale that takes place in a Confederate hospital outside Richmond, VA. The widow, Letha is the Matron of the ward and has a compassionate heart for these colorful characters.
I highly recommend!
Judy Russell
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, to say the least

I wasn't sure about this book in the beginning. Started out about the difficult things in a war, but as it proceeded, I started liking the characters. In the end, this book is well worth reading!
Margaret S. Boendier
Loved it

Beautifully written. This is one of the more honest books about the Civil War I've ever read from the southern perspective.
Kathryn
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was an engaging piece of historical fiction that provided an interesting perspective on the tragedies of the Civil War. A lot of characters come and go throughout the story, which makes sense given that it's a wartime novel but also meant that the character development was uneven. At times it felt more like a montage of the horrors of war versus one cohesive narrative, but I cared enough about some of the main characters to forge ahead. The way that the central relationship resolves ...more
Carolyn
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice substitute for PBS series "Mercy Street"

If you're sad the PBS didn't renew the Civil War hospital drama, Mercy Street, you'll enjoy this novel set just outside Richmond, VA. All the gory, dreadful tragedy that was our national sorrow told with memorable characters and a simple love story. The love story portion could have been a bit expanded...it felt a little unsubstantial, but otherwise a good book
Jim Norton
Lost cause nonsense

While there is much to like about this book, there is also much to not like. Especially the "lost cause" claim that the war was not about slavery. Wise even has one of his characters repeat the myth that Lee freed his slaves while Grant did not. Neither of these is true, but this never seems to go away.
Claire
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breathtakingly beautiful and moving book about the healing power of music, amidst the trauma and tragedies of war. Based on a true story, this is Letha Bartlett who lovingly tends to the wounded in a Confederate hospital in Richmond, VA in the last days of the US Civil War. This one will stay with you a long time, excellent writing.
LeighAnn
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very moving, funny at times and interesting

This was a very interesting book on the Civil War taken from many different perspectives. I appreciate the eloquent style of writing and the characters are strong and likeable.
Sue
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly straight forward American Civil War romance. Easy reading.
Tasmina
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
It tells the story of a ward in a Confederate hospital during the Civil Wars. The gentle caring matron, multiple patients with terrible injurious and their inner battle of wills form the backbone of the story. I have to say I liked the first part. Everyone finding happiness in small incidents.

However, the second half was disappointing. Everything ended too fast.
Read it for the strong characters and the gruesome realities of wars.
Andrea Stoeckel
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

"Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we unders
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Katie
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This book, ultimately, was a bit lackluster for me. While I kept reading it, despite feeling only ambivalent throughout, it never went from okay to great for me.

I had a few issues with it. Firstly, having the protagonists be Confederates is problematic. It isn't that these stories shouldn't be told, but the book did a poor job dealing with the issue of slavery. It basically came down to "We fought because they came down to us" and "Obviously slavery is bad, but this isn't what the war was about
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Maureen Melle
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Moving Tale of A Terrible Time in Our History and the Good That Can Live in the Hearts of Individuals

This is the story of a matron at a large Confederate hospital on the outskirts of Richmond and some of her charges there. It is toward the end of the Civil War and things are not going well for the South. There are shortages of just about everything. Ammunition on the battle field is running out, horses and men are starving and for many of the wounded, transportation to places where they can get
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Ursula Malicifent
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This historical fiction is based on a true story of a civil war military hospital, the confederate soldiers who are hospitalized there, and the matron who stoically nurses them. I seldom give five stars; however, when a story changes my way of thinking, I must. Sergeant Crump, a colorful character in this book, changed it all with three words. He was explaining he had no taste for slavery, would take a whip to anyone whoever abused another human no matter what color, and can't abide those fighti ...more
Jeanette
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-readers
‘Sing for Us’ is one of those books that I did not want to end, and if I were able, would have given more than 5 stars. Totally hooked, I could well imagine myself amongst the wounded men at the Confederate Hospital. As a former carer, there were times when I could have easily slipped into Letha Bartlett shoes.

I never like writing a synopsis of a story, as I don’t like spoiling for others. Based on a true story and without giving too much away... Letha Bartlett and her gentle touch b
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Cindy
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900-present
I recently read the Red Badge of Courage. There was a part of the story where the wounded were marching and asking about each others wounds. This book takes place where those wounded were probably going, a field hospital. The North had cut off the supply routes, so conditions were terrible as far as rations and supplies. The wounded helped each other and the matron of the wards, Letha was very passionate. I was disappointed in this book. I like to learn something from a historical fiction book. ...more
Richda Mcnutt
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
With no description of battle scenes, Steven Wise sets forth the destruction and individual losses engendered by the Civil War. Most of the book takes places in the Richmond hospital that was called Chimborazo, believed to be the largest military hospital in the world in the 1860's. The main character Letha Bartlett is modeled after Phoebe Yates Pember, who was the matron of Chimborazo during the War between the States. Wise writes with the cadences of the language at that time to melodious effe ...more
Carol
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This novel is as grim as one would expect a story that takes place in a war hospital in Richmond, VA, in 1864/65 to be. Although not as evisceratingly tragic as "Cold Mountain" (I will quite probably never fully recover), it is based on a true story, and facts are facts. It's written in a kind of stark, utilitarian style (that would occasionally give way to an unnecessary "If she had known X would happen, she would have done Y," which was distracting). The characters were a little too one-dimens ...more
Candy
Bittersweet novel of love found amid pain and suffering

The story of Letha, matron of a Civil War hospital ward and the soldiers who come through with so many wounds. Truly a metaphor I think for the Civil War itself. Good people on all sides, evil in some, pain in most and the unfailing humanity of a woman who at times cares too much but finds love. The music plays an important part in healing and in connections between the two main characters. The writing is so good. The author really brings fo
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F.
I received this book from the goodreads-first-reads free giveaway. This book was well written and as you are reading it, you're hoping that there is a happy ending to each of the characters. Letha is such a compassionate, caring person that the scene with one of her patients, is truly heartbreaking. You get absorbed into all the horrors of war and feel such sadness for Granville. It was interesting to see how music transported the wounded and in some ways healed their emotional scars. It is base ...more
Polly Krize
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Compelling and overwhelming, with lives so damaged and seemingly beyond rescue, the voice of Granville Pollard offers something beautiful to the wounded of Chimborazo, a hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Dealing with the horrendous injuries caused by the American Civil War, Letha Bartlett nurses her patients efficiently and empathetically, connecting with them in her compassionate way.

Creating memorable characters is Stev
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Debbie
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully written tale of heartache, sorrow, loss, love and music.. As you read this book you find yourself drawn to the characters. Their personalities all very unique. You hurt when they hurt, you rejoice when they rejoice. A tale showcasing how strongly love and music can mend a persons soul. I have always been drawn to stories of the Civil War, this is one of the best. Based on a true story.
Mandy
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the individual characters and the relationships created by Wise; however, as a whole the story fell short for me. There seemed to be little plot as the story remained stagnant through the pages. The interactions between characters were only shared at surface level and the story didn’t seem to be moving toward any destination. The author was very attentive to detail, his research was evident, and the writing was eloquent; he just failed to capture my interest.
Susan Arena
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an interesting historical novel set in a Confederate Civil War hospital. and focuses on the patients in a single ward of the hospital. the characters are richly developed and the interactions and thoughts of the soldiers present an interesting look into the minds and hearts of soldiers fighting in this war. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical novels.
Sharon Shearer
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War exposes many kinds of wounds - and loves

The author captures the horrendous cost of war in this book that seemed only nominally a man/woman love story. The love of soldier brothers, as well as the mutual tenderness of Letha and the men she cared for, displayed even more of poignant human tenderness to me. Mr. Wise also uses an interesting juxtaposition of music and its ability to soothe, heal, and elevate the spirit.
Nonie
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway
Very well written book about the horrific physical and mental pain and suffering all involved went through, as a result of the American Civil War. The characters are so well
developed that I felt as though I could see them and feel what they were going through. In the midst of tragedy the humanity and spirit still shone through. Most of the characters are written with strength and hope.
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