Title: Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War #2)
Author: Jocelyn Green
Narrator: Laura E Richcreek
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: Jan 17, 2019 (audio version)
Audio Length: 10hrs 44min
About the Book:
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.
But when the scout doesn’t die she discovers he isn’t who he claims to be .
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 the Book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series. These books do not need to be read in succession. For more information & resources about the Heroines Behind the Linesseries, visit www.heroinesbehindthelines.com.
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.