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review 2015-10-17 18:51
Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green
Spy of Richmond - Jocelyn Green

Full review on my blog.

Spy of Richmond is Jocelyn Green’s fourth and final book in her Heroines Behind the Lines Series. Even though this book is the conclusion to a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. It is a well-rounded and complete story that keeps you turning pages until the end.

Spy of Richmond is a wonderful piece of historical Christian fiction. Once again, the book’s synopsis gives the reader absolutely no clue that this book has religious messages. Having read it, I can say that yes, there are Scripture references throughout the book, especially towards the end (too many for my taste), but you are already too invested in the story that you need to keep on reading in order to know the conclusion of this voyage back to life in the Richmond of the 1860s.

Spy of Richmond is a story that has a wide array of characters that are all relevant to the story; each person plays an important role. There are three main story lines, headed by Sophie, Bella and Harrison, which are fabulously intertwined to create an entertaining narrative.

For more about the characters check the full review on my blog.

Spy of Richmond is a well-researched book about the Civil War. It is not a stereotypical story about slaves being abused and forced to work or about Southern belles who live their lives oblivious to the racial issues happening. This is a fantastic story about people who regardless of their social status, the color of their skin or if they came from the North or South, work together to fight for what they believe is the right thing to do. It was very interesting to read about the brave risks taken especially by women in a time where they were thought of as decorative, weak and brainless figures of society.

My favorite part was the History behind the Story section, where the author describes what parts of the story were fictional and what parts were based on real historical events of the time. There’s also a list of select books that can serve as resources for those interested in doing more research on the historical facts portrayed in the book.

If you’re looking for a book that will help you learn things about the Civil War they didn’t teach you in school (or you didn’t pay enough attention to), this is the book for you. If you’re into historical Christian fiction, this is definitely your cup of Joe. Book clubs should consider adding this one to their reading lists. The discussion guide included touches a wide array of subjects, not only historical or religious, that could lead to interesting analyses and conversations.

If you’re looking for a story about survival while doing the right thing, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a captivating story that takes you back to the real difficult events that led brave men and women in the US to freedom, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a book that will make you think about what freedom means to you, this is the book for you.

Full review on my blog.

 

 

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I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links
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review 2014-07-18 08:55
Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (Battlefields & Blessings)
Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (Battlefields & Blessings) - Karen H. Whiting,Jocelyn Green Title: Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front Author: Karen Whiting & Jocelyn Green Pages: 626 Year: 2012 Publisher: God & Country Press Before you consider dismissing this nonfictional book due to the length, let me assure you this is one not to dismiss or miss! Both authors are prolific writers in many genres, and when I asked Karen Whiting about the book, even what she shared with me didn’t prepare me for the inspiration in these pages! Let me share some of the chat with you before I tell you more about the book: Lisa: Is this about American war? Karen: Yes, but not the battles as much as what women and children did at home (different when wars took place on our soil and women had to fight off soldiers who invaded). Karen: The focus of the Home Front book was to show the faith and courage of women, children, and families, plus volunteers a t home--those who support the troops behind the scenes, and also to show the struggles of military families through their true stories Believe me when I tell you there is more to the story behind this book than what I shared. I encourage you to connect with Karen Whiting (http://www.karenwhiting.com/) to see what a testimony she has to share with readers. She wrote this with Jocelyn Green in nine months during which time Karen’s husband was battling cancer. Her husband went home to be with the Lord before this project, which he had a heart for, was completed. One aspect of the book is that it is broken down into a yearly devotional, which includes real stories, pictures, a short prayer for the troops and families, and concludes with Scripture. A second aspect is that Karen is not just sharing about others, but also her own family experience that is so humbling when we tend to complain about being unconvinced by minor circumstances. The third aspect is that readers learn about the many concrete and tangible ways we can support those who serve and their loved ones who wait for them to come home. Finally, what a Bibliography! As I read through it, I was glad to recognize some of the books I have read as well as learning about others I didn’t even know existed. While I can say that as I have grown older I have become more patriotic and more involved, these people share their testimony with their heart. As I read them, I kept hearing a verse from Scripture ruminating within my mind, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12: 1-3 NIV) The context of this conclusion is due to the writer pointing out others who had lived out their faith and some not living to see the fulfillment of their promises. However, the stories here are also of a cloud of witnesses that remind us to run our race, and more so I was astounded by the prayers prayed by the loved ones for their soldier. That person was more than a soldier to them, so very much more that words cannot express the deepest parts of our hearts. I ask that readers will consider purchasing a copy for yourself and others who will be touched in ways that cannot be imagined. Make the next year or years a time to pray for the nation, government and the servicemen and women along with those who are at home waiting anxiously for their return. May God not only Bless America, but the authors for sharing the hearts and lives of so many, including their stories plus the troops and families! My rating is 5+ stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2014-07-18 08:15
Widow of Gettysburg
Widow of Gettysburg - Jocelyn Green Title: Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines) Author: Jocelyn Green Pages: 384 Year: 2013 Publisher: River North Widow of Gettysburg is the second in the Heroines Behind the Lines series, preceded by Wedded to War, both excellently crafted by Jocelyn Green. When I first started the series, it was due to the setting being in the Civil War timeframe. Here is a portion of the review I wrote for Wedded to War in 2012: “This particular novel begins with an explanation about the Sanitary Commission. As we read about the characters and places, the author does a masterful job of portraying the geographical area so we can see it in our minds as we read. Perhaps when we look at our nation’s capital and the area around it, we tend to forget it hasn’t always looked as it does now. Several times we are drawn back to how medicine, ambulances, war, people, immigrants, and more lived as well as died during this time frame.” I am sure I could tell you about the story at least enough to whet your appetite, but I never would feel as though justice was done. Why? The novel seems t o hold more than can be shared in a review plus there are many ways to view a particular work. The writing here seems to be very well researched and there are some quotes shared from women who actually lived during this particular time during battle. I cannot imagine the hardships they faced, smells encountered as well as life-altering events that came across their lives in Gettysburg. Jocelyn does a wonderful job transporting her readers to the time and with the use of such apt descriptions that help the reader formulate a mental picture of the scene in the story. Times were very different then than they are now and many changes have occurred. Women were called to or sometimes forced to help the doctors, soldiers and sometimes civilians from either side of the conflict. Sometimes this meant to care for the wounded long after the battle was over. Even when the all the accoutrements of war were moved, including the wounded and prisoners, there was so much work left to be done. Also included in the tale are threads of what life was like for slave and free: The hatred, forgiveness, healing, revenge and many other emotions that are aptly felt by characters. What I enjoyed too was the element of faith that both sides had and displayed by prayer, Scripture memorization, singing of hymns and more. Patriotism was not the central part of the war, but instead the abolishment of slavery regardless of race, creed or for any other reason. Widow of Gettysburg took me a whole day to read including breaks and all, but what a way to spend the time lost in masterpiece of literature! Gladly I learned too that there are other stories planned for this series that I am sure will enthrall audiences. Abraham Lincoln was a man used by God to lead our nation in one of its’ most perilous times; his words still echo in the wind today. May we today continue to show the courage of those who loved, lived and died in service to God and this country. My rating is 5+ stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2014-07-18 07:40
Wedded to War
Wedded to War - Jocelyn Green Title: Wedded to War Author: Jocelyn Green Pages: 400 Year: 2012 Publisher: River North Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988 Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, especially when it comes to the Civil War era. As I get older, I learn there is much more to history than I originally knew or remembered. This particular novel begins with an explanation about the Sanitary Commission. As we read about the characters and places, the author does a masterful job of portraying the geographical area so we can see it in our minds as we read. Perhaps when we look at our nation’s capital and the area around it, we tend to forget it hasn’t always looked as it does now. Several times we are drawn back to how medicine, ambulances, war, people, immigrants, and more lived as well as died during this time frame. The story is based in part on real people and events while other parts of the fiction are not. The novel is divided up into five parts with each part containing chapters that build a story the reader gets lost in. One of the main characters, Charlotte, is from a well off family who desires to pursue a life of service through nursing. Caleb is a young man she has grown up with. He was with her when her father passes and goes on to become a fine doctor. When the war calls for service, both Caleb and Charlotte answer; however, one of them is met with fierce obstacles. Ruby is an Irish immigrant whose history is slowly unveiled as we read about her adventures and exploits. Ruby sews in order to eke out a living while her husband enlists in the Irish brigade. Ruby has a past that has heartache and is convinced that God has nothing to do with her when she is taken advantage of by a man who is supposed to be respectable. Phineas has a dark past he tries very hard to hide as he attempts to win the affections of Charlotte, desiring her to be his wife. His mother sees through his various attempts to mask his true identity, which only enrages him. At first, he is accepted as Charlotte’s suitor, but later his true nature is exposed. Who exposes his dark secrets? Edwards is a man who loves the Lord, but struggles with his faith as he sees the horrible results of battles. He, too, is smitten with Charlotte, but knows that she has caught the attention of another man. What will he do with his affections as well as his questions? Where will Ruby end up when she births a baby? What happens to her husband? The novel is a well-woven masterpiece that will touch your heart and surprise you as well. There are other stories to be included in this new series. Are you up for an adventure? You won’t be sorry to make time to read Wedded to War. My rating is 5 stars.
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review 2012-01-01 00:00
Wedded to War - Jocelyn Green Title: Wedded to War
Author: Jocelyn Green
Pages: 400
Year: 2012
Publisher: River North
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, especially when it comes to the Civil War era. As I get older, I learn there is much more to history than I originally knew or remembered. This particular novel begins with an explanation about the Sanitary Commission. As we read about the characters and places, the author does a masterful job of portraying the geographical area so we can see it in our minds as we read. Perhaps when we look at our nation’s capital and the area around it, we tend to forget it hasn’t always looked as it does now. Several times we are drawn back to how medicine, ambulances, war, people, immigrants, and more lived as well as died during this time frame.
The story is based in part on real people and events while other parts of the fiction are not. The novel is divided up into five parts with each part containing chapters that build a story the reader gets lost in. One of the main characters, Charlotte, is from a well off family who desires to pursue a life of service through nursing. Caleb is a young man she has grown up with. He was with her when her father passes and goes on to become a fine doctor. When the war calls for service, both Caleb and Charlotte answer; however, one of them is met with fierce obstacles.
Ruby is an Irish immigrant whose history is slowly unveiled as we read about her adventures and exploits. Ruby sews in order to eke out a living while her husband enlists in the Irish brigade. Ruby has a past that has heartache and is convinced that God has nothing to do with her when she is taken advantage of by a man who is supposed to be respectable. Phineas has a dark past he tries very hard to hide as he attempts to win the affections of Charlotte, desiring her to be his wife. His mother sees through his various attempts to mask his true identity, which only enrages him. At first, he is accepted as Charlotte’s suitor, but later his true nature is exposed. Who exposes his dark secrets?
Edwards is a man who loves the Lord, but struggles with his faith as he sees the horrible results of battles. He, too, is smitten with Charlotte, but knows that she has caught the attention of another man. What will he do with his affections as well as his questions? Where will Ruby end up when she births a baby? What happens to her husband? The novel is a well-woven masterpiece that will touch your heart and surprise you as well. There are other stories to be included in this new series. Are you up for an adventure? You won’t be sorry to make time to read Wedded to War.
My rating is 5 stars.
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