Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Washington's Lady- Nancy Moser

Washington's Lady
Nancy Moser
Bethany House, Jun 2008, $13.99
ISBN: 9780764205002

When her beloved Daniel died as well as two of their children, wealthy widow Martha Dandridge Custis vowed death would never mock her again. However, being affluent and young, many want to court her; none interest her. That is until she meets the French and Indian War Colonel George Washington, a shy warrior. She knows she has met her soulmate.

They marry and live in his Mount Vernon home. However, their life together is interrupted by war as George now a general leads the rebel forces against the mightiest army in the world; a side he once belong to. There are several years of separation and worry as Martha tries to hold the family together while George is at war. When they reunite, their love is stronger and helps them several years later when she becomes the first First Lady; but death will return to mock her once again.

As she has done with Jane Austen (see JUST JANE) and Nannerl Mozart (see MOZART’S SISTER), Nancy Moser provides a strong look at the first First Lady, who Washington insisted was “my other self”. Readers will see how deaths of loved ones shaped her adult life and helped her as the “mother of our country”. Biographical fiction fans and historical novel readers will appreciate this superb glimpse of WASHINGTON’S LADY, Martha.

Harriet Klausner

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