Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green is a fantastic historical fiction tale surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg. Our main protagonist is Liberty Holloway whose plantation is based in Gettysburg and is used as a hospital after the bloody battle.
Liberty has grown up believing that she amounts to nothing due to an emotionally abusive aunt. As a result, after the death of her husband, Liberty has never remarried and still wears her widows attire. It is only with the introduction of Silas that we see Liberty finally starting to live up to her name. On the other hand in the story, we have Bella Jamison, a freed slave working on Liberty’s plantation. Bella bears a physical reminder of her enslavement, only too visible each time she looks at her back.
Liberty is defined as, “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.” Widow of Gettysburg encapsulates the struggle of both Liberty and Bella to achieve a state of freedom, of liberty. As the war bears down, will Liberty and Bella every truly be free? Will Liberty live up to her name and find a freedom that escapes her past? The answer to that question is found in this fantastic story. If you enjoy historical fiction based around America’s Civil War, you will love this story. It is absolutely fantastic and I am happy to give it 5/5 stars for a story that gripped me until the very end.
I received this book for free from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review.