Mr Lincoln's Wife Author:Anne Colver Historical Fiction — Probably the most maligned woman in American history. A great novelization of her life. Mr. Lincoln's Wife is the dramatic story of Mary Todd from her courtship days in Springfield to just after the President's death. Against the turbulent background of the war years, Anne Colver has painted a memorable portrait of the proud,... more » paradoxical woman who was one of America's most fascinating first ladies.
The world knew Mary while she lived as "Mr. Lincoln's Wife". There was much of the world that hated Mr. Lincoln, and those who wanted to strike at him found a vulnerable target in Mr. Lincoln's wife. She was the most gossiped about woman in Washington. She was written about, photographed, interviewed and criticized. She was a Southerner -- her three brothers fighting for the Confederacy were killed. But she was afraid to mention their deaths in letters to her sisters, because she was already accused of being a spy. She was called a traitor to her own people by the South, and a spy and rebel by the North.
It might have been any woman, any marriage. But when Mary married Mr. Lincoln, she married fate, too. And there was no going back. This is a dramatic story, full of incidents and color and the flesh and blood of everyday living. It is Mr. Lincoln at home -- being exasperating, patient, funny, slow, mysterious. It is Mary, who is no heroine, but a person you might have known, full of mistakes, good intentions, impatience, tenderness, moments of happiness and moments of disillusion.« less