Widow of Gettysburg

Heroines Behind the Lines Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Laura E. Richcreek
Series: Heroines Behind the Lines, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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Excellent Civil War story

Excellent storytelling with an intricate plot and a cast of layered characters made The Widow of Gettysburg one that kept me enthralled. Liberty is an orphan and a widow when the bloodiest battle of the Civil War comes to her doorstep. Loyal to the Union, she is dismayed when her home is taken over to be a Confederate hospital and she is asked to tend men wearing the same uniforms as those who killed her husband. Jocelyn Green does and amazing job of highlighting the complications of the Civil War with multi-faceted characters who have to examine their faith, their loyalties, and their own pasts and prejudices. Green weaves an intricate plot with the people affected by the battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. Not only is the amount of research and details from history clearly evident, Green is a master at making both history and story leap from the page. With complicated characters, vivid scenery, an intricately woven plot, and her ability to stir the reader’s emotions, Green has crafted a phenomenal tale that highlights her exceptional writing and is one historical fiction fans simply can’t miss. The narrator is excellent in this audio version. The range of voices makes each character distinct and the cast truly come alive. Well-paced and entertaining to listen to, this is the perfect story for the on-the-go reader.

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Loved it!

Jocelyn Green is an author who is able to flawlessly weave history and fiction to create incredible stories. Widow of Gettysburg is no exception to this. If you read the author's note at the end of the book (included in the audio through audible), the author reveals a lot of what is fact and fiction. While Liberty's story is a work of fiction, there is no shortage of history found within the pages of it. I found it to be masterfully developed and researched. It did not take me long at all to be fully engrossed in Liberty's story. While I have read several books that take place during the Civil War over the years, I found this one to be quite unique. I don't want to share any spoilers, but the power of this story was created within the many twists and turns of events. The soldiers were not the only ones whose lives were forever altered by the events that took place at Gettysburg and other battle sites during the war. This book gives a voice to many of the women who were trapped in seemingly impossible situations yet found themselves capable of things they never would have imagined. I personally loved the voice of the narrator who was selected for this book and was excited to hear that she is also the narrator for the first book in this series which should be releasing in the near-future. She managed to make each of the characters sound unique, and did an amazing job of matching her voice to the energy of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and loved that it as able to bring history to life through it's characters. Jocelyn Green did an amazing job with the research and development and it was clear through her storytelling. I highly recommend this series to historical fiction fans! *I received a copy of this book from the author through audible. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

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Sooo good! I want to listen to it again!

I recently became a fan of Jocelyn Green (last year) and she is now risen to one of my favorite authors. Her style of writing and eloquent descriptions are so beautiful. I was so excited when I was able to listen to this audiobook of one of her first novels—and now I want to read or listen to the rest of this Civil War era series. It was so good I could hardly stop listening to it! The story is interesting, compelling, and moving, the writing gripping and breathtaking, and the narrators performance really bring the characters and story to life. I’m sure I will listen to this again. **I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author for review, but was not compelled to write a positive one. My review is my honest opinion.

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Great balance of story and fact

I was excited to read this novel since Gettysburg has long since captivated me. Jocelyn Green does a great job of combining battle knowledge, historical fact, social injustice, and harrowing story. The stories of multiple women who valiantly served before, during, and after the battle were the highlight of this novel, although the romance between Liberty and Silas was significant enough to make me swoon! I look forward to reading more from Ms. Green!

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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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