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Widow of Gettysburg

Heroines Behind the Lines Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Laura E. Richcreek
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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For all who have suffered great loss of heart, home, health or family; true home and genuine lasting love can be found.

When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering - and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart. 

While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it?

Inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath, Widow of Gettysburg is Book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series. These audiobooks do not need to be listened to in succession. 

©2013 Jocelyn Green (P)2019 Jocelyn Green

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Great book

I loved listening to this book. The way history is brought to life by the author’s detail and the narrator’s voice made me feel as though I was part of the story. Hope another book in this series will be released soon!

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The story behind the battle

Liberty Holloway is a young Union widow caught in the crossfire of one of the Civil War’s most well-known battles. Widowed early in her marriage, she now plans to turn her empty farmhouse into an inn only to have it commandeered as a Confederate hospital. As Libby cares for the enemy under her roof she learns that she is stronger than she ever thought possible. Meanwhile tragedies and lies from the past bring her future into question.

This was such an emotional story and kept me fascinated throughout. I even gasped out loud a time or two. While I found them fascinating and tastefully written, while still being true to the harsh reality of the period, some of the medical procedures might be a bit much for some readers. The supporting cast of characters was diverse, and many different subjects were touched upon though them.

The narrator did a wonderful job. Each character had their own unique voice and I never found myself wondering who exactly was speaking. I look forward to the audio versions of the rest of the series.

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

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Very Realistic

The Widow of Gettysburg is a very vivid picture of what life was like for the citizens that were trapped in the middle of the north and south conflict. So often books are written from the point of the battlefield, but this one really focuses on the women at home trying to keep their homes and families together during these horrible battles. Many homes were turned into hospitals and people were forced either out of their homes or pressed into caring for the wounded, even if that meant the enemy. Libby, Bella, and Silas came alive in this well done audio performance. The narrator was skilled at giving each character their own personality and I was able to draw a picture of them in my mind from her performance. Her style and tone were perfect especially for Libby and Bella. She had a great dynamic style and used the right expressions and emotion for the moment. You will be drawn into the story capturing the devastation of the Civil War, but more importantly the bravery, sacrifice, faith and love of the men and women, both black and white that lived through this tumultuous time in history. Wonderful book an excellent narration!
I received a copy of this audio performance from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Captivating!

Jocelyn Green never disappoints, and the Widow of Gettysburg is among her very finest work. The characters are deeply complex, the drama soul-stirring, and the rich historical details will plunge listeners into the very heart of the Civil War. With more than a few surprising twists and turns, the Widow of Gettysburg reminds us that God not only mends broken hearts...He makes them completely new. He sees what men try to hide, loves the unlovable, and births hope in the darkest places. A treasure of a story!

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Much More Than Just War!

Oh wow! I just finished this audiobook. A Civil War story that will make you want to read/listen to faster but then hate to see it end. I loved the narrator and the different voices she did for the characters. I loved some of the characters and got mad at others. The horrors of war and the way the mothers and wives missed their men were so real. Taking care of the wounded wasn’t for the weak. I loved that Liberty and Belle were strong women. If Liberty was down she encouraged herself in the Lord. The love story was amazing and facts about Liberty, Belle and Silas were shocking.
An inspiring historical fiction you will want to read if you like reading about war times but yet not all strategy and fighting. This book is so much more.
I received a complimentary audiobook. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Heartfelt Historical Fiction

Jocelyn Green has woven historical facts about the horrific battle of Gettysburg into the lives of a young widow, other women, doctors, and injured soldiers. The descriptions of the battle’s aftermath and deep emotions of the characters pulls the reader into the events. The reader feels like these are real people living in the midst of tragedy, just trying to survive.

In this book the author is able to turn the hatred, lies, prejudice, fear, pain and loneliness so many experienced during the Civil War into a story of the power of forgiveness, faith, hope and love.

The audio of of this book is done extremely well with the correct emotions, accents and pauses where appropriate. It was like sitting in a room having the characters relate their story to me.

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire Heroines at War series and any others written by Jocelyn Green.

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Powerful Story, Wonderful Narration

I read this book when it was first released and it became one of my all time favorites. I've always heard about wars during history class, but it never occurred to me the impact these had on the people who lived in the area. Jocelyn Green totally opened my eyes to a whole new perspective and truly brought history to life for me. Her use of actual letters and diaries reinforced the story she created, and her research must have taken forever. I was excited to see this become and Audible title and I couldn't wait to listen.

Laura Richcreek did an amazing job. Her pacing, array of voices, and even singing truly made this a masterpiece. I could hear the horror in her voice as she discussed severed limbs from wounded soldiers being discarded, and it was easy to imagine I was right in the midst of the sights and smells of post-battle Gettysburg.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical novels!

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Rich In History!

I was spellbound as I listened to Widow of Gettysburg. The narrator, Laura E. Richcreek, did a fantastic job communicating the unique characters created by the author, Jocelyn Green. Because the narration accurately reflected the pace of the story, it added to my enjoyment of this moving historical fiction. I admire how Green intricately weaves layers of plot while skillfully developing her characters. When faced with horrific circumstances, these characters were reminded of their faith and specific Scriptures to spur them on, which encouraged me as well. I also appreciated the lessons of faith included throughout the book. It is obvious the amount of research behind this incredibly rich story. I was surprised at how much I didn’t know about one of the most famous battles of the Civil War and the aftermath that followed, which is another reason that I highly recommend this audiobook. I was given a copy of this audiobook by the author. All opinions are mine.

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Excellent read!

The Widow of Gettysburg was a captivating story of what was happening during the Civil War. It takes the view of those at home. Very thought provoking. There were elements of the war I had never considered before such as women having to decide if they would care for the wounded enemy. A wonderful story of Gods restoration and the value of forgiveness!

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Really enjoyed it!

I always love reading a Jocelyn Green book! It was really enjoyable to listen to this! The narrator did a great job reading it. This story is so full of detail. I love the different points of view.



I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.