Book Review | Time Enough For Drums By Ann Rinaldi | A Favorite Re-Read!

Time Enough For Drums is an emotional and touching historical fiction romance novel that was written by Ann Rinaldi. This is a well-written and enjoyable book that is an easy title for me to recommend. I have enjoyed reading Rinaldi through-out the years.

Book Review : Time Enough For Drums By Ann Rinaldi

I read this novel many years ago in high school and thoroughly enjoyed reading it back then. I came across it last week at random while browsing amazon kindle and decided to reread it. I am so glad that I did! This book touches on every possible topic during the American Revolution. I love Jemima Emerson from the very first word. At the start of the novel she is learning how to shoot a musket from her older brother in case the war reaches their hometown. Rinaldi wrote a strong and wild main character that has a tremendous never back down spirit. There is a lot to admire in this book.

The Emerson’s are a classic wholesome family raised in the American Colonies. They believe in the right to govern their own land and are very supportive of the revolution; however, the book did an outstanding job of how the war for freedom divides and changes a family. There are definitely bitter feelings over the war. The Emerson’s eldest son is a captain for the American army and their youngest child is just waiting for the opportunity to enlist at only the age of fourteen. The fear for the safety is palpable and the biggest elephant in the room. All are worried for their men going off to fight the British.

Matters are only made worse because the eldest Emerson daughter marries a British officer and is a staunch supporter for the other side. There are some very tragic moments throughout the novel that are just heartbreaking and touching. War has some very steep prices. I believe Rinaldi did these moments justice. As a reader I enjoyed watching Jemima grow and become a stronger person due to her struggles the family faces throughout the war. She starts off the novel a young girl not quite grown to maturity at the age of fifteen and becomes a woman that can endure whatever life throws out her with grace.

The love story between Jemima and her tutor John Reid is adoring and hilarious. The young girl absolutely loathes Mr. Reid. It was amusing as a reader to watch this change into true love. Their love faces many trials and obstacles. There is a lot of hardship in the book. I have no regrets spending time giving this book another look after so many years. Rinaldi is an amazing author that knew how to weave a tale without stunning accuracy and enthralling creativity.



Sixteen-year-old Jem struggles to maintain the status quo at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence.

There are signs of rebellion in the Emerson household several years before the actual American Revolution hits in 1776! Brought up in a relatively liberal household, Jemima Emerson is quite a challenge for her tutor, John Reid, who is known as a Tory with strong ties to England. How could Jem’s parents be friends with a man who opposes American freedom? Jem longs for freedom on every level, in the home and her homeland–and John represents the forces that restrict her.

Jem and her family soon find themselves fighting for freedom in whatever ways they can in the Revolutionary War. Before long, Jem discovers that there is much more to Mr. Reid than she ever imagined. Her feelings about him change when Jem realizes that John shares her love of freedom–and will risk his life to defend it.


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