by Courtney Soling Smith
In 1863, the Elmhurst house in Greenbrier County, WV was ransacked, her outbuildings burned, and two men died. Read the testimony of six surviving witnesses to this incident and discover the truth among the lies.
This Cinderella story centers around twenty-one year-old Caroline Anderson. With her husband missing in action and presumed dead, Caroline struggles not only to overcome the hardships of life during war but also to contend with her demanding and self-centered family. Her hypochondriac mother in-law, her frivolous and gossipy sisters in-law, her sullen teenage stepson, and her quirky nine year-old stepdaughter do not help make her situation any easier. Caroline’s situation turns from difficult to dire when Union soldiers take the family captive and threaten to destroy her home.
This well-researched novel also contains interesting information about how women lived and coped during the Civil War—from fashion and beauty concerns, to recipes, home décor, cleaning tips, to sexual harassment.