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Those Who Love: A Biographical Novel of Abigal and John Adams
Those Who Love A Biographical Novel of Abigal and John Adams Author:Irving Stone Abigal was seventeen, a comely daughter of the Reverend Mr. Smith of Weymouth, Massachusetts, when her sister called upstairs that the young lawyer from Braintree had come to visit. She dances down the stairs and surprised John Adams in her father's library, holding two volumes opened wide. Startled, he turned and held out both arms to her, ... more »a book in each hand- and her life began.
It was a hard life in the beginning. John was a circuit lawyer, and lawyers were held in quesionable repute; their fees were low, if paid at all. He rode the length and breadth of New England to make a living for his growing family; his absences-bridges only by their sustaining letters and their enduring love-became a poignant pattern in their lives. Yet John's dream was Abigail's; she encouraged him when he falered, tempered his zeal, offered him comfort and shelter when he needed it most.
Through Irving Stone's ability to bring an age vividly to life and give it contemporary vitality, the trials and the triumphs of Abigal and John become the reader's own. From the top of Penn's Hill, overlooking their green farmlands, to the riots and massacres of Boston in violent upheaval, to the colorful and extravagant courts of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette at Versailles and St. James's in London, to the tumultuous seats of government in New York and Philadelphia, and finally in the half-completed President's House in Washington City, we share in Abigail and John's intimate and compelling love story.
THOSE WHO LOVE is a novel of affirmation, or "Yea Saying" to man's ichest dreams and aspirations, his sometime failure and ultimate triumph. The story tells not only the depth of love and heroic sacrifice between a man and a woman, but the equally majestic love of emn and women for the vision of freedom. It would take sheer genius to drive out of the British Empire the fanatically loyal Englishmen in the Colonies. The British Crown posessed that genius. An even greater genius was needed by the Americans to realize that they must sever their bonds witht heir Motherland, no matter how painful he process. The Franklins, the Wahingtons, the Jeffersons, and John Adams, called "The Atlas of the Revolution," had that genius.
Abigal and John Adams were at the core of this glorious crisis in man's fate.« less