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Widow of Gettysburg: Heroines Behind the Lines Library Binding – Large Print, 1 September 2015
- Publisher : Center Point; Large Print edition (1 September 2015)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 500 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1628996889
- ISBN-13 : 978-1628996883
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm
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This e-book does have an active table of contents and at the rear is Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address, and a piece on the inspiration for this book, who are real and who fictional and other such details, as well as a select bibliography. Although not American most people are aware of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War, but this is not really about the actual battle but the people of Gettysburg itself. As both sides converge on Gettysburg and the surrounding area the inhabitants of the town get caught up in looting and vandalism. Of course worse is to come when the actual real battle starts; as the casualties mount up ever higher the womenfolk of Gettysburg find themselves being forced to become nurses, and as the war continues elsewhere they have to cope with the aftermath, including have to clear up their town.
With a handful of main characters this novel weaves a story about what it must have been like in those dark days, with so many people converging on one small town. But not only does this story take in that it also shows how the womenfolk found themselves caring for and in some cases falling in love with soldiers on the opposing side, as well as raising the question of inter-racial relationships.
This is well researched and you can't help being pulled into the story and its emotional roller coaster of a ride, and unlike other novels about Gettysburg this offers the story of the civilian population rather than the battle. This would make a great read for a book group, as there is so much to discuss here.
It's nice to read a book where the author has bothered to do her research and I can't wait for the next one. More please Jocelyn!