Friday, August 7, 2020

First Line Fridays: Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green

Happy Friday! 

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first lines from Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green.

"When Charlotte and Alice told their mother they were taking the omnibus down Broadway, they weren't lying. They just didn't tell her where they would be getting off."

I fell in love with Jocelyn Green's writing earlier this year when I read Veiled in Smoke. Recently, I won one of her Instagram giveaways and she sent me a copy of Wedded to War. I'm looking forward to reading this novel!

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!



About the Book:

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.





First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

5 comments:

  1. Oh I love how the book starts off!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Wow what a great first line!

    On my blog this week, I'm sharing the opening lines from Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L Gray, and it's honestly been one of my faovrite reads this year.

    "I've face planted myself into rock bottom. Well, maybe a hammock above rock bottom-one my aunt Doreen graciously set out for me when I found myself abandoned and broke."

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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  3. My first lines are from MINUTES TO DIE by Susan Sleeman:
    Chapter 1
    Exposed. Kiley felt exposed. Standing there. In the dark. Waiting. Waiting.

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  4. Happy Friday!!

    My line is from A Nurse for Jacob by Caryl Macadoo ""Lydia admired the two-story building from the corner of Gaienne and Old Levee Streets, strode up the walk, then stopped at the front of the Touro Infirmary and adjusted her cap."

    https://www.musingsofasassybookishmama.com/2020/08/first-line-fridays-nurse-for-jacob.html

    Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. Happy Friday! πŸ™‚
    I'm currently reading A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham. I'm on chapter seven so I'll share the first line from there:
    "Sam Landon made his way over to the schoolhouse, toolbox in one hand, lunch tin in the other."
    I hope you have an excellent weekend! πŸ™‚❤πŸ“š

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