91 degrees outside is just TOO HOT.
And I step into the air conditioned comfort of my home, grab something cold over ice from the automatic icemaker in my fridge, and sit down in front of my computer screen.
And then I find a book about the lives of Civil War nurses – and imagine them in the heat, the dust, the chaos of war ---and I kick myself for being such a wimp!
I love stories like this ---they give such good perspective!
Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green is free in the Amazon Kindle Store today.
Genre: Historical Fiction
It’s April 1861, and the Union Army’s Medical Department is a disaster, completely unprepared for the magnitude of war. A small group of New York City women, including 28-year-old Charlotte Waverly, decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and social ostracism.
Charlotte leaves a life of privilege, wealth-and confining expectations-to be one of the first female nurses for the Union Army. She quickly discovers that she’s fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role.
At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision: Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing?
An Irish immigrant named Ruby O’Flannery, who turns to the unthinkable in the face of starvation, holds the secret that will unlock the door to Charlotte’s future. But will the rich and poor confide in each other in time?
Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey’s letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering nurses endured.
Jocelyn Green’s debut novel is endorsed by historians and professors for its historical accuracy and detail, by award-winning novelists for its spell-binding storytelling, and by entertainment journalists and book club leaders for its deep and complex content, perfect to share and discuss with others.
Tonight will find me completing pattern directions for a couple of the workshops I’m giving in Williamsburg the first week of August ---I know it sounds like a long time away, but I really don’t have that many days home to put the finishing touches on those. I spent some time today kitting up stuff that I am taking to Oregon with me, there is not a lot of time to get all of that ready either ---
And I guess --- what doesn’t get done, doesn’t get done, and it won’t be the end of the world…there are ALWAYS hexies, aren’t there?
Have a great evening, Everyone!