Two participants in the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011 have posted reviews of My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Here are excerpts from those reviews, and you can click the links to read the full reviews.
Jules’ Book Reviews said:
This particular story doesn’t focus on the fighting as much as it focuses on what happens to those who come back injured, the people who save try them and the conditions they had to work with. While there were some scenes focusing on the front line, the story was heavily focused on those who worked to save the soldiers lives. One of my favourite scenes in the book was Mary racing along the front line, in the aftermath of a battle as she tries to save as many she can, with little supplies. But I wasn’t a fan of how the author explained some of the midwifery procedures and the story line with Mary’s family and sister weren’t well developed, it felt it was brought in as an afterthought, and didn’t flow with the rest of the story.
Books and Movies said:
I loved this book. I was worried that this might be one of those cases of the hype raising my expectations too high – especially when I loaned my copy to my mom before I had a chance to read it, and she gushed over it as well – but this book met every one of my high expectations for historical fiction. Mary is an extremely well-written character: a woman whose passion and dreams war with her love of family and sense of duty. Her strength in the face of the most horrific circumstances, her longing to simply learn, her matter-of-fact way of filling whatever need she sees – these things all made me love her.
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