This is a story about the bond between sisters. The bond remains strong through the highs and lows of life. The story touches on Mary's childhood, but it mainly takes place during Mary's marriage to Lincoln and the years after his death. I enjoyed this book, but it took me awhile to get all the sisters figured out. Several sisters narrate the story.
As the title implies, this work of historical fiction explores the life of Mary Todd Lincoln through her numerous sisters. While a summary of her childhood is included, the novel primarily focuses on her adult life, particularly her marriage to Abraham Lincoln and the time following his death.
I really appreciated this review of a key period of American history through the lens of women in the Todd family. It's obvious the author did extensive research in crafting her novel. There were a few paragraphs where I felt I was reading a textbook, but then the next sentence pulled me right back into the story of tumultuous events of the 1800s.
Read this if you enjoy well-written novels about the story behind historical events. An interesting companion to this would be Fates and Traitors, Ms. Chiaverini's novel about John Wilkes Booth.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. I was not required to share a positive review; all thoughts are my own.