Review: WHEN WILL THIS CRUEL WAR BE OVER? THE CIVIL WAR DIARY OF EMMA SIMPSON by Barry Denenberg

Diary of an Eccentric reviewed When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson by Barry Denenberg for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

One could call The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson a homefront novel of sorts.  While the men are off fighting, Emma and her cousin, Rachel, are pondering hair styles, clothes, and marriage.  But those conversations come to an end when Emma confronts death, hunger, cold, and Yankee soldiers.  The war actually comes to her doorstep, though what she experiences is nowhere near as horrible as what the men experienced on the battlefield.  It really drives home the point that war is a hardship for everyone, though at different degrees.

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