WIDOW OF GETTYSBURG
Green’s second Civil War-set Heroines Behind the Lines story is amazing. It shows us another side of the Battle of Gettysburg, the most well-known, documented battle of the American Civil War. What is less known is what was happening beyond the battlefields, where women fought battles of their own just to survive. The characters are loosely based on historical people who were in the middle of the conflict. Green gives a voice to the women and children of the Civil War and skillfully shares their struggles.
Liberty Holloway wants to be known as more than the widow of Levi, a beloved son of Gettysburg. When her new inn becomes a field hospital for the enemy, the Union Army, she pushes up her sleeves and gives what comfort she can to the wounded, knowing her neighbors are horrified and not caring a whit. Silas Ford has come back unwillingly, but unable to fulfill his promise to Liberty’s dead husband: that he would take care of her if he made it through the war. He’s under Liberty’s care but he has given her a different name, Johnny; she senses something is wrong with him, but with all the wounded who need her help, the answer will have to wait. Liberty also has a secret that puts her in more danger than the battle surrounding her and her family. (RIVER NORTH, May, 320 pp., $14.99)