I’m always slightly amused when I have something in common with a character. Sometimes it might be something similar that has happened in our pasts, or it might be a favorite food or hobby (reading is a common one that shows up). Other times it is a pet.
The main character of Wedded to War happens to have a cat. I have a cat, well two actually. Even more interesting, we both have a cat named Dickens. The thing that kept bugging me in this novel, though, is that I would read the name Dickens, and picture my cat:
and then the novel would precede to describe the fictional Dickens as Orange, marmalade, or cream. The cat would be mentioned and then it would be just long enough for me to forget before it would be mentioned again. The cat in the book also had a very different personality. My Dickens would NEVER jump up on anyone’s lap nor rub up against someone’s legs. He’s not the most social cat, but he is loving. Someday, I might share his story of how his mother cat picked our family to adopt him. It’s a good one.
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**I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review**
Wedded to War takes readers into one of the most tragic and horrendous aspects of the Civil War. It takes readers into the ill-prepared hospitals and medical centers that existed to care for the wounded. Through this novel, we are given a glimpse of the inefficiencies of the medical help offered to soldiers, and how poor the conditions truly were.
One thing that really impressed me about this novel was the depth of research that must have gone into it. Along with that, is also it’s portrayal of New York City, both for the wealthy and the impoverished, for the time. It’s so easy to isolate particular portions of history and not seeing how in reality, events were connected. Jocelyn Green connects some of these dots in this novel.
Charlotte is a great heroine for the book. She is determined, compassionate, and has a deep faith. She is pitted against hard situations and has to rely on faith and her own determination to succeed. Transformations also take place in her life.
While I did enjoy this novel overall, I found keeping track of characters a bit confusing. There were a lot of them, and the narrative was told through various perspectives. Some of the narrative was told by main characters, while others from some of the more minor characters. This didn’t help my confusion. However, it was quickly identifiable who was the narrator for the different portions.
This novel really didn’t sugar-coat any aspect of the war. It was quite descriptive and painted vivid pictures. The characters were not given and easy time, and were challenged as much as they could probably take. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and am looking forward to reading more from this series.
I would love to hear from you! What characters have you had things in common with? (whether it is a possession, character trait, life event, etc.)?
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