Monday, June 2, 2008

"Washington's Lady" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Washington's Lady

(Bethany House June 1, 2008)


Nancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Solemnly Swear, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.


It has been said that without George Washington there would be no United States. But without Martha, there would be no George Washington. He called her "my other self."

Who was this woman who captured the heart of our country's founder? She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms...

Though still a young woman, Martha Dandridge Custis was a wealthy, attractive widow and the mother of two small children with no desire to remarry. But when a striking war hero steps into her life, she realizes that she is ready to love again. She is courted by, then marries the French and Indian War hero.

Yet she wonders whether this man, accustomed to courageous military exploits, can settle down to a simple life of farming and being a father to her children. Even as she longs for domestic bliss, Martha soon realizes she will have to risk everything dear to her and find the courage to get behind a dream much larger than her own.

Her new life as Martha Washington took her through blissful times at Mount Vernon, family tragedies, six years of her husband's absence during the Revolutionary War, and her position as a reluctant First Lady.

Known for moving first-person novels of Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen, in Washington's Lady, Nancy Moser now brings to life the loves and trials of the First First Lady of the United States.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

This was a beautifully written and wonderful look into the life of a great lady married to a great man. I have to admit that while I may have known more about Martha W. going into this book than some people do - I learned a tremendous amount of information while I was reading this book. One of the most intriguing things about this book is that we most often think of George and Martha as President and First Lady, but in Nancy's book she actually focuses on the events and times leading up to that (including their courtship and marriage, Mount Vernon and the war) and really skips quickly over the actual presidency. So she really shows a side of Martha as the wife and staunch supporter of her husband that most people don't see. I really enjoyed this book and would actually like to read Nancy's books on Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen now. One of the most interesting parts of the book is the section at the back where Nancy goes into fact vs fiction in what she wrote, which things she knew to be fact vs which things she had to take liberties in. That was really neat!

If you love history you will love this book!

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