cover reveal | it took a war

Sometimes I just get really, really excited about the release of a book. And today is one of those days where I get really, really excited about the release of a book. Today is the cover reveal for It Took a War by one of my dearest friends, Emily Ann Putzke.

And you guys. This is a good book. It's a sweet, simple story that drips with historical accuracy and human nature. It's full of emotion and genuine characters. I'll go into more detail at a later date, but right now I'll share the synopsis with you. And take a look at that beautiful cover!

1861 - Sixteen year old Joe Roberts leads a mundane life as far as he’s concerned. His world spins in the same circle each day: working at his family’s store, taking his sisters on boyish escapades and bickering with his rogue of a cousin, Lucas. Joe can’t understand why his mother allows Lucas to live and work with them after all the pain he caused their family. When war is declared, Joe is quick to join up and become a soldier with the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers, but war is nothing like he imagined. To make matters worse, he must endure having Lucas in the same regiment. Can Joe put the pain of the past behind him? Forgiveness is easier said than done.


EMILY ANN PUTZKE is a 19 year old Catholic, homeschool graduate and history lover. Besides writing historical fiction, she enjoys photography (especially photographing her nieces and nephew), reading, spending time with her family, Civil War reenacting, traveling and a good cup of coffee. She resides in New York State where she drinks in the beautiful autumns and tries to endure the long winters. Her debut historical fiction novella will be in print this winter.


  1. Wow, this looks so good! I am really intrigued by the synopsis - obviously it is big on friendship/forgiveness, and I always love that, especially when you throw a war into the mix.

    And isn't the cover absolutely gorgeous? I love it so much!

    1. It is good. It's very good. ^.^

      And YES. The cover is bee-you-tee-ful. :)

  2. I'm so excited about this book!!! Emily is awesome :)

    1. Yes! She really is! I've met her in real life, too. She's just as awesome in real life. Basically, she's overall an awesome person.

      And IT TOOK A WAR is awesome, too. ^.^