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Charlie's Wives by [Luckhurst, Simon]
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Length: 238 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Norfolk, Virginia, 1864. Charlie Brewster arrives to recruit African American soldiers for the Union. He is recently returned from three years of service, and though he's physically uninjured his psychological battle scars run deep. He survived the war...can he survive the peace?

Tensie Stevens' husband is at the front. She cannot read or write, and wants to send him letters, so Charlie offers to put her words on paper. She has never known a white man show this much kindness. As a former slave she is scarred, too, although some of hers are physical. She helps him recruit other soldiers and he writes letters for their wives as well. So near to the world of war and men he starts to learn about intimacy and women.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (20 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01G9P1VRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading 12 January 2017
By LAS Reviewer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Charlie’s Wives is a title that surely deceived me.

Charles Brewster served four years of bloody engagements in the war, and later worked to recruit African American soldiers. Though his recruiting role went beyond finding recruits he also took to writing and reading letters to the wives of men that were serving in the war.

Even though this is a book dealing with the harshness of war it is also heart warming to read about the families and how they deal with their men away at war. With the task of recruiting many men and writing letters for the women Charlie gets to hear the most intimate parts of many relationships. Charlie develops a fondness for the women that brings a heart warming feel to the book. To read and see that Charlie still suffers from mental stress of his time in the war but that he also turn around and make something loving come from that bitterness makes Charlie a real hero.

I see this as an inspirational story because of Charlie’s dedication and compassion for the men of military service. The story offers flashbacks of Charlie’s war time and his current position as a recruiter for the Army. While recruiting, Charlie is adamant that the women write to his men. Charlie’s life seem to revolve around keeping the men at war encouraged. This is where his compassion for the men is displayed so strongly. He could have served his time and went on to do his duties as a recruiter. His being away from his mother and sister and not getting returned letters made him upset and frustrated. This could definitely play a vital part in his need to make sure others stay in contact with their families.

The book is well written and tells a unique story based off of true events. I did find the book entertaining. I wanted Charlie to find a happy ending. The dialogue such as: “Ya’ll, Marser, and sah” took awhile for me to get use to. Readers should be mindful that the language used in the book is dialectic that was acceptable during the 1800’s and the description of war scenes may be too harsh for readers that don’t want to read the details of war.

I would recommend to those that enjoy a good read, but not necessarily one that ends in a completely happy ending.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie has returned seemingly unscathed but PTSD and depression are unknown at the time and on the surface he seems fine. He is 16 January 2017
By Mystica Varathapalan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The year 1864 is turbulent in America. Charlie has returned seemingly unscathed but PTSD and depression are unknown at the time and on the surface he seems fine. He is psychologically scarred by the effects of war - the death and for him needless dying of thousands has hit him hard. Much harder than those of his fellow soldiers. To them he seems delicate, sensitive and these are qualities unknown to them. This puts Charlie at a disadvantage. They look at him with slight disdain and also suspicion.

Charlie is assigned a role to find African Americans to serve. To recruit them he is given an incentive payment but it is not enough and Charlie finds that talking to the African American women may be the key to getting the men to enlist. Whilst he is successful in doing this, it is misrepresented by his commanding officer who is a boor and a coward who tries to undermine Charlie's efforts at every turn.

Charlie helps the women by writing for them. Letters to their husbands giving details of their homes and children and their own feelings because he knows how much he longed for letters himself from his mother and sisters when he was on the battlefield. He also reads the letters that come back from the husbands and through this interchange, Charlie builds up relationships with the women who are quite distant from the other white men of the camp.

Charlie is an outstanding man of the times. Sensitive and compassionate and compared with the others of his camp he is such a good man. Not appreciated of course by his seniors or his peers who do not quite understand him.

Characterizations was spot on throughout the book and the story was a good one, highlighting a part of the war where African Americans were an integral part of the war to win liberty at a time when such liberty was at risk.

The book is also a story based on true events.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 21 February 2017
By Tiffany S - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book broke my heart on soo many levels. I have wondered for years how different our world would be if PTSD was known about and addressed centuries ago. I have often wondered how different the aftermath of the Civil War would have been in this regard. This book is about the Civil War and Charlie who served for 3 years and then comes to be a recruiter. They need men so he is supposed to be recruiting African American soldiers for the Union. It is a hard and daunting task. He realizes many of them can't read or write. He starts a friendship of sorts with one of the women whose husband he recruited. He soon has more recruits and he finds himself writing letters to them for the wives hence the title 'Charlie's Wives'. His intent is pure as he remembers being on the battlefield and yearning for the letters from home. He is also the reader of the replies and the conveyor or any bad news. Without giving too much away his commanding officer is not keen with the interactions with the women and his letter writing. The book also contains him having episodes that would now be labeled as PTSD and now he could get the resources to help. His interactions with his 'wives' and some other characters show the devastation war can bring to a person. I would definitely recommend this book with a box of Kleenex. I received an E-Book from Netgalley for reviewing.