Filled with vivid details, shocking truths, and two sly, strong women who bring panache and humor to every scene. I’m simply in awe of the masterful, magical way Lauren Willig makes history come alive.” — Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Place
“A winning epic of war and friendship. Readers will devour this riveting tale.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig: a dramatic coming-of-age story with a dual timeline and a single heroine—a bold and adventuring young woman who finds herself caught up in two very different wars on both sides of the Atlantic.
September 1896: An aspiring archaeologist, Smith College graduate Betsy Hayes travels to Athens, desperate to break into the male-dominated field of excavation. In the midst of the heat and dust of Greece she finds an unlikely ally in Charles, Baron de Robecourt, one of the few men who takes her academic passion seriously. But when a simmering conflict between Greece and Turkey erupts into open warfare, Betsy throws herself into the conflict as a nurse, not knowing that the decision will change her life forever—and cause a deep and painful rift with her oldest friend, Ava.
June 1898: Betsy has sworn off war nursing—but when she gets the word that her estranged friend Ava is headed to Cuba with Clara Barton and the Red Cross to patch up the wounded in the Spanish-American War, Betsy determines to stop her the only way she knows how: by joining in her place. Battling heat, disease, and her own demons, Betsy follows Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders straight to the heart of the fighting, where she is forced to confront her greatest fears to save both old friends and new….
Set during an electrifying era of nation-building, idealism, and upheaval, Two Wars and a Wedding is the tale of two remarkable women striving to make their place in a man’s world—an unforgettable saga of friendship, love, and fighting for what is right.
Betsy is an ambitious archaeologist. She knows she can do the job she is just struggling with the men which think she can’t. Then she has a love interest which is not to her best advantage. But, this does not stop her. She falls for him hard and fast. This changes her stars and her complete direction of her life and dreams.
There is a lot I learned in this novel. I had no idea about many of the issues during the Spanish-American war. And the incompetence of the army medical teams really set me off! Betsy managed this like a pro and I applaud this character and her tenacity.
This is not my favorite book by this author and for the life of me I don’t know why. The setting is very unusual with the war in Cuba and the archaeological digs in Greece. Plus, Betsy is a very strong female character. She is amazing! So, it has all the earmarks of a 5 star read for me. I just felt something was missing. I will be honest, it has a lot of detail and the fluctuations between time periods could have been better. But you need to read this yourself and let me know.
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I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.