Wow!!! Jocelyn Green can pen a magnificent story. She is an outstanding storyteller. I first read, "Widow of Gettysburg", (check out my review),which is the second book in the series. Yes, I'm going a bit backwards, but it doesn't matter at all. This series doesn't have to be read in order. Whichever book you start with is going to make you fall in love with Jocelyn Green.
If you love history this is a book that will take you back to another time and place. Through Jocelyn's words you can feel the surroundings. You don't have to imagine too hard. She easily takes you there on a journey into the life and times of the people of the Civil War. The characters are rich and courageous. Something I love about his series is that it left me inspired.
It's hard to imagine a time when it was frowned upon for women to enter the profession of nursing. That's exactly what the main character, Charlotte, faces as we meet her in this wondrous novel. We not only are able to connect with Charlotte on an emotional level, but we see the ravages of the war. Jocelyn isn't afraid to share a story and one that is inspired by the women of this time.
We meet many characters. Some you will fall in love with and others will make you madder than a hornet. This series should be in every library. History lovers will soak up each and every chapter and those who have yet to love our history will close the last page with a new determination to explore history.
I love the cover. It encapsulates the character so well. The title is brilliant. Charlotte makes the choice to follow what she is called to do no matter what others think. She leaves the privilege behind and lives a life of compassion and mercy. Character traits from her father. I promise you this is one that will leave you pondering a time that many have forgotten.
This book was a gift from Moody Publishing for sharing my review with you.
JOCELYN GREEN is an award-winning author, freelance writer and editor. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2008) and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody 2011). Jocelyn is also co-author for Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan (AMG Publishers 2009), which won the Gold Medal from Military Writers Society of America in 2010. She is the editor of www.WivesinBloom.com, the online magazine of Christian Military Wives, and maintains her own award-winning Web site for military wives at www.faithdeployed.com . She holds a B.A. in English from Taylor University, and is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Christian Authors Network. She and her husband have two children and reside in Cedar Falls, Iowa.