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Friday, December 6, 2013

Jocelyn Green's Civil War Series

a book recommendation times two, by Debra E. Marvin

Author Jocelyn Green took her journalistic skill and devotion to research and has written not only non-fiction but a historical fiction series titled Heroines Behind the Lines.  I’ve had the pleasure to read the first two in this series set during the Civil War and I sought them out because of this setting. They are historical fiction, not historical romance, (though incredibly rich in the relationship department) and should satisfy fans of both. This series, published by River North Fiction, is sold as inspirational fiction but there is nothing preachy about these books—the faith elements are completely natural to the era and setting.

Many real historical figures walk the pages of the Heroines series and Ms. Green offers fascinating insight into their roles and the actual activities so crucial to the historical accuracy of her work. Be assured this high level of detail does not dry out the compelling characters in each fascinating story. I love the fact Jocelyn Green used real letters and diaries written by women in these circumstances. No wonder the stories run so deep!

Book One: Wedded to War

The Union Army is desperately in need of medical help right from the start of the war. There has been no real medical corps created or funded and it is obvious after the very first battle. Twenty-eight year old Charlotte Waverly, a woman of some money and a good family, puts it all aside to devote herself to nursing, defying all social expectation. To do this, she studies with the New York Sanitary Commission, working alongside poor women, including Ruby O'Flannery, who have no means of support after sending their husbands off to war. The situations these women dealt with are unbelievable—not just the horrendous conditions of wounded, disease and weather, but the complete disrespect and even hostility directed to them by those men who felt it was wrong for women to tend to men who were not their husbands.

Charlotte also must face decisions of the heart, one that Ruby knows well.
What will her future hold if she continues to pursue such an unconventional life?

Book Two: Widow of Gettysburg.

Just as compelling, Ms. Green’s second book is set during the battle of Gettysburg, primarily on the farm of young Liberty Holloway. Widowed by war, Libby is determined to make a living by renting out rooms and obviously not expecting it to be commandeered as a confederate hospital.  As if the desolation of a thriving town and the heroic efforts of its women was not enough, this story examines the issue of slavery in very personal ways. Liberty must not only survive weeks of tending the injured and dying but face a most heart-wrenching truth about how people judge one another-- a truth she sees in the face of her hired help, a former slave Bella, and the mysterious confederate soldier who seems to know all about her. This story is an amazing way to face the history all Americans share.

Both Libby and the many-faceted Silas Ford must decide what to hold on to from their past and what to let go of.  

I strongly recommend both stories, and can say I wish I’d written them—good thing I didn’t because Jocelyn Green has done a masterful job!

Books Three and Four are set in Atlanta and Richmond and I am definitely looking forward to them.
Please take a moment to learn more about Jocelyn Green and her series, Heroines Behind the Lines, with this video interview!

Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.
Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at

Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. Debra likes to write, weed and wander and is blessed to have the best family and friends in the world. She has decided she needs to live closer to her grandchildren. She’s thankful each day that God is in control, that He chooses to bless us despite ourselves and that He has a sense of  humor. Her work has finaled in the TARA, Great Expectations, Heart of the Rockies, Maggie, Fab Five, Daphne DuMaurier and the overall winner in the CWOW Rattler. Debra writes historical romance and has a difficult time coming back to the present day, so don't shout. You might startle her.


  1. These sound great, Deb. Thanks! The covers are sweet.

    1. thanks Suzie! Both books have great trailers as well, but I really enjoy the video of Jocelyn Green speaking of the books. That sells the books, IMO.

  2. Welcome to Friday and a book review I've been looking forward to for quite awhile. A few years ago I had Wedded to War on my list of 'much anticipated novels' for good reason. I'm excited to know that Jocelyn Green is working on two more (social media is great - the research in Atlanta and Richmond must be amazing!)

    Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

  3. Yes, Debra, you are right. Both of these books are good. I didn't know the next two would be in Atlanta and Richmond, so I'm really looking forward to them.

    1. that's what I understand. I knew about Atlanta, but I just recently heard about Richmond. I hope Jocelyn comes by to confirm.
      There is so much out there about this period of U.S. history that is yet to be discovered. it's amazing. thanks for commenting!

  4. These look good. I used to love reading Civil War-era stories, but haven't come across one in a while.
    And these new author video trailers are too cool.

  5. I agree one both accounts. I was disappointed when I started writing (oh so many years ago) and was told 'Civil War is out'. What's great about these stories is that they are really something for a wide audience. Definitely not historical romance. Considering the thousands of reenactors across the country, there's interest in this period!
    And - yes, we are seeing more of these author videos.
    (tell me do they do 'cheesecloth filters' still? ha ha)

  6. Thanks for bringing these to us Deb. It's exciting to hear about books with interesting settings. Roseanna White also has a civil war spy novel coming out soon. I think it's my favorite of her American set historicals. The heroine is really unique.

    1. I am so far behind I haven't read her Culper Ring stories yet. ugh. I left my kindle home while on vacation. so much for catching up a bit!

      thanks for stopping in Dina. I know you are busy over on Colonial Quills today!