Those Who Love Author:Irving Stone Abigail 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, a b... more »ook 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 questionable 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 faltered, 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 Abigail 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.« less