Monday, June 2, 2008

Washington's Lady

I've got several great books to tell you about this week, including a giveaway!

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

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although I love historical fiction, I am generally cautious about fictionalized stories of real people; it's hard to know where the line falls between truth and fiction. But Nancy Moser has done an incredible job with this account, and the appendix validated the plethora of factual details throughout the book. I learned much about our nation's first First Lady that I did not know, as well as a new perspective of the quest for independence waged by the colonies. We often appreciate and admire the sacrifices made by the men who fought so valiantly for our hard-won freedoms, but less attention is generally given to the women who were left at home in a time when even the routine demands of daily life were a struggle and disease & death were all too common. Fourth of July celebrations will have new meaning after reading this book.

Tomorrow, I'll have a giveaway of another book! Happy Reading!


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Tammy said...

This sounds so fascinating!
While home schooling, I read a children's biography of Martha Washington to my oldest and I ended up learning a lot myself!
She was such a great lady!

Genny said...

I love your book review! Thanks!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I'm a sucker for historical fiction. OK...who am I kidding? I'm a sucker for books in general! LOL! Count me in...


Edgy Inspirational Author said...

Nice review. You've made the first cut and are now a finalist. Great job. Keep those reviews coming.