The editor's supporting commentary is very helpful, since she has already given John's side of the story.
The editor, who provides much valuable background information about Mrs. Bryant's life and times, has done a great deal of careful research.
"A stunning book about a very complicated young lady in a very challenging time. This book will keep the reader amazed from cover to cover."--The Lone Star Book Review
"As bad as carpetbaggers had it in the South, the letters of Emma Spaulding Bryant remind us that their wives may have had it worse. They held together hearth and home as their itinerant husbands ping-ponged between political and missionary jobs. John Emory Bryant, a Union veteran and Georgia carpetbagger whose career was dogged by controversy, could scarcely have been easy to live with. A probable philanderer, he once accused his wife of unfaithfulness for letting a male doctor perform a gynecological examination. Emma never bowed to his self-righteousness, always standing her ground, and increasingly affirming her own claims to equality. As she turned to teaching, and became active in the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, she grew steadily in self-confidence. Ruth Currie's meticulous assembling and editing of these revealing letters from the domestic sphere offers a privileged look at the interior life of a woman reaching maturation as a woman."--Lawrence N. Powell, Tulane University