She fought to get her place, and she fought even harder to keep it.
Though Wedded to War is a work of fiction, the story is inspired by one Civil War nurse, Georgeanna Woolsey, whose letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering women nurses endured during the Civil War. This is the first novel in the series, Heroines Behind the lines: Civil War, offering an inside look at women's contributions during times of war.
Wedded to War takes place during the Civil War. Charlotte Waverly comes from a well-to-do family in the North, and is expected to settle down marry like any other woman of her class. She is pursued by a man named Phineas Hastings, but she can’t quite bring herself to commit to him. When the war breaks out, there is a call for woman nurses. Charlotte feels compelled to join the cause, much to the dismay of her mother and to Phineas. In the process, she comes across Caleb Lansing, a friend from many years ago who helped Charlotte through her father’s death. They both have feelings for each other but are afraid to voice them. In the meantime, they are separated by the war. Charlotte eventually makes her way down South to work on the ships that take care of the wounded. Throughout the story, she struggles with her identity as well as prejudices from men who felt woman had no business being nurses.
This was a wonderful book! And I was surprised to see that it’s the first book that the author has written. She did a great job. She based the story on the life of Georgeanna Woolsey, a real Civil War nurse. The book was exciting and had a lot of twists and turns. All of the characters were well developed. I can’t wait to read book two!
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers