Brought to the New World from Ireland, young Joseph Forsyth is soon betrayed by his alcoholic father and separated from his beloved family. As he grows older, he finds his kind nature exploited by others - including an alluring young woman named Lucy - until he gets swept away by the conflict that divides a nation.
After the bloody siege of Petersburg, Joseph floats in and out of consciousness at a Union army hospital. Keeping vigil at his side is Rebecca Walker, a nurse and widow all too familiar with the horrors of war. As Joseph fights for his life and Rebecca struggles to follow her heart, both face a devastating choice: whether to hang on to the wounds of the past or move on to an uncertain future.
From the fields of Ireland to the metropolis of Quebec to the battlefields of Virginia, Going Home follows one man's quest for his place in a world still healing from the wreckage of war.
©2015 James D. Shipman (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
I had the privilege of reading the book first. When it came to audible I jumped on it. The narrator was excellent. James is a great story teller. If you enjoy historical fiction this is one you should invest in. You will consider the life of Joseph days and weeks after you finish it.
The book is all right, but the narrator had the same problem that many male narrators do with females voices - they're high-pitched, whiny, and terribly grating on the ears.
This could h been a good story if 1) The author was a better writer 2) The narration was better. The sophomoric writing style and robotic narration made an otherwise interesting story annoying at times, cringe-worthy at others. I'm still trying to figure out why the subtitle of this title is "A Novel of the Civil War." This story has very little to do with the Civil War, and everything to do with the stupid decisions made by a naive, fool with an over-inflated notion of his own self-importance. The author attempts to paint the main character, "Joseph," as a martyr and a hero. Rather than praising and sympathizing with Joe, I felt myself wanting to punch him in the face...and don't get me started on his whiney, shallow wife who changed from a sweet, caring, compassionate girl to a vain, self-centered jerk within the span of a chapter. I only finished this book because it was free with my kindle unlimited subscription.
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