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Wedded to War

Heroines Behind the Lines
Narrated by: Laura E. Richcreek
Series: Heroines Behind the Lines, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A 2013 Christy Award finalist (historical fiction and first novel categories)

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 fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role. At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision.... Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing? An Irish immigrant named Ruby O'Flannery, who turns to the unthinkable in the face of starvation, holds the secret that will unlock the door to Charlotte's future. But will the rich and poor confide in each other in time?

Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey's letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering nurses endured.

Jocelyn Green's debut novel is endorsed by historians and professors for its historical accuracy and detail, by award-winning novelists for its spell-binding storytelling, and by entertainment journalists and book club leaders for its deep and complex content, perfect to share and discuss with others.

©2012 Jocelyn Green (P)2019 Jocelyn Green

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Wedded to this Story!

This is the second time I have read this book (I originally read it as an ebook) and it was just as good as I remembered. There are times when you are on the edge of your seat with anticipation. Any book that causes me to have an audible or physical reaction to the story is a good book. It has also encouraged me to do more digging into the Sanitation Committee & the nurses in the Civil War.
Laura Richcreek was PHENOMENAL!! Her accents and voices were great. Her reading voice was very pleasant.

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An immersive experience

Writing historical fiction without making the narrative sound like a textbook is hard enough, but merging the lives of so many characters from vastly different backgrounds and situations into one cohesive, engaging story seems nearly impossible! Jocelyn Green has done the impossible! As a lover of good fiction and amateur historian of the Civil War, I can't recommend this enough! The author has done her research admirably and I found myself nodded in agreement to all the snippets of historical accuracy she threw into the story. These characters came alive, flying off the page, and I felt as if I were reading the memoires of these people who braved the trials and struggles of being a woman in the mid-19th century. The flow of the story is excellent, the dialogue engaging, and the narration for all the variety of accents and tones were spot-on, which made it all the easier to follow. Every character's motivation, grief, and joy was believable to the fullest extent. This was the first of Green's work that I've "digested" and it certainly won't be the last!

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Narrator was supeb- Author brought history to life

Jocelyn Green is an artist – she paints history with lyrical words in settings so real you might cringe or cry as you read. This was by far the very best audio book I have ever listened to. It seemed more like radio theater than just a reader. Narrator, Laura Richcreek, was amazing. I stopped midway thru listening and checked to be sure it was not multiple narrators; she did accents that made the story come alive. I love history and this book is filled with historical nuggets that were fascinating. Jocelyn included a romance and intrigue that kept me listening on and on. It was a very satisfying book in many ways. Truth, with all the very agonizing realities of war, immigration, poverty and human nature were vividly portrayed. This was not a fluffy read, it was totally satisfying ‘listen’, so vividly written it was like watching a movie with your eyes shut. I had read this book when it first came out, hearing it now was a story come to life. This book was offered by the author with no requirement of a review. It was a pleasure to do so.

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An intriguing story and an astounding recording!

Author Jocelyn Green has written an intriguing story about a young women that has lived a life of privilege, but decides she wants more out of life and becomes a nurse for the army. This story follows her as she helps in the army hospitals and comes to know and help those less fortunate than herself. This story is full of wonderful historical details that readers of historical fiction will enjoy. Plus there is just a little bit of romance too.

The audible recording was outstanding and well put together. The narrator, Laura Richcreek, has a clear voice and reads with emotion, as well as doing all the unique accents of people from different backgrounds and life situations. All of this enhances the fascinating story that Green has written.

Series: Heroines Behind the Lines
Genre: historical, military history, romance, Christian
Publisher: River North, Moody Publishers Fiction
Publication date: August 23, 2019
Length: 10 hours and 34 minutes

Other books in the series:
2-Widow of Gettysburg
3-Yankee in Atlanta
4-Spy of Richomond

An Audible download code was provided by the author. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Exceptional

This is my second time reading this book and it was even better than I remembered. I listened to the audiobook this time and Laura E. Richcreek did such a phenomenal job. She really brought this story to life and I wanted to keep listening even after the book was finished. I can’t wait to hear to the last two books in the series!

Green’s attention to detail was stellar, while in no way drying out the story. Rather, all the details about the Sanitary Commission and the nurses of the Civil War really made the story pop. These nurses were the mothers of what is one of the largest, female dominated professions in the United State and to read about the resistance and hostility they faced was fascinating. Charlotte’s journey as a nurse, as well as her personal growth along the way, made her such a compelling heroine to follow. She knew the path she wanted to take and followed it. The subtle romance thread was perfect for this story. You know it’s there, but it didn’t overshadow the main plot.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two entries in the Heroines Behind the Lines series and am looking forward to the last two books. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Civil War fiction, whether you read or listen to the book. If you are interested in the history of nursing or the modern-day Red Cross, both very interesting subjects and excellently detailed, do yourself a favor and read Wedded to War.

I was given a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Cant wait to listen to the rest of the series!

This novel checked all the boxes for me! 1) A strong, intelligent female lead who has more to offer than just her looks. 2) The story offers fascinating historical details without being dry. 3) The plot kept me guessing. I didn't have it all figured out before the end of the story. 4) The romance was important, but certainly not the entire story. 5) The narrator did a phenomenal job pf voicing the characters.
I finished this book in record time and immediately purchased the second novel in the series!

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Exceptional story of life during the Civil War

A Story of perseverance, courage, heartbreak, faith and hope during the Cicil War.

Captivating, is one word to describe the story woven throughout Wedded to War. From the first page to the last the characters come alive, the historical facts create authenticity through female heroines that is rare in historical fiction. Jocelyn Green has once again created an epic thought provoking novel for readers to learn of the history of America, during a time of turmoil while sitting in their favorite chair.

Exceptional is the word for the audiobook. Just an hour into the audio I was finding excuses to keep my ear buds on to continue listening. The narrator’s voice inflections create true emotions in each of the characters. Her ability to portray personality through her audio reading, at times, takes the listener to her living room as she personally tells a story, and at other times the listener becomes someone living during the Civil War.

As with all of Jocelyn Green’s books, I highly recommend this book.

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A wonderful series!

I have read and loved this series, so I was eager to listen to it. The story itself is wonderful. Being able to listen to this was an added bonus.

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Full Immersive!

I have not hidden the fact that I'm a huge fan of Jocelyn Green's stories. Her books have such an amazing, immersive ability. She brings history to life, while weaving a fictional character into the the story flawlessly to make it all the more relatable.

I first read Wedded to War in 2013. I loved it! This book was just released as an audiobook and goodness, I didn't think I could like the story anymore then I already did! The narrator, Laura Richcreek really made this book pop! Her narration style was smooth and very easy to listen to. She modified her voice for each character to where you knew who was speaking and it had an effortless flow.

Listening to the story allowed me to really take it all in. It also made some of the little details I overlooked when I originally read stand out more an enhanced the story. I was sad when the book came to a close. I was wanting more. I'm looking forward to continuing this series with book 2, Widow of Gettysburg. It was one of my favorites!

Thank you to the author, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Wanted to listen longer.....

I actually found myself looking for more household chores to do so that I could listen to this audiobook longer. I thoroughly enjoyed Wedded to War. The narrator, Laura E. Richcreek, had such a pleasant voice and did a great job with distinct character voices. It seemed as if she was truly engaged in the story as she narrated. And why not? This well researched Civil War fiction was engrossing. The struggles and hardships were realistic and although disheartening at times, perseverance prevailed. The touch of romance helped the balance and was nicely added. Lessons in grace, wisdom and doing the right thing abound. I liked that Jocelyn Green weaved Scripture into the novel at just the right time to support the themes. I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author. All opinions are mine.