A tragic, but captivating novel about the world from Mary Lincoln's eyes.
Mary Todd Lincoln knew that she was always going to be a President''s wife. And she knew that Stephen Douglas wasn''t going to get her to Washington City, even though he was one of her great admirers ? he was a democrat, after all! She knew as soon as she set her eyes on one of the homeliest men she had ever seen, that he was the one that was going to fulfill her aspirations. And what started out as a very passionate affair led her to the greatest honor she ever knew - Mrs. A. Lincoln the wife of the man who freed the slaves. But her extreme emotions would also lead to her greatest sorrow and shame. Mary was someone who could love too much in an age when emotions from women denoted madness and should not be displayed. Her grief over the deaths of three sons was all consuming. And along with her great intelligence and wit, she lived a life that men thought contemptible and tawdry in a very public way. I have come to admire her frankness, her generosity, and her willingness to reveal her inner life in an era when women did not have the freedom of being individuals. She always remained true to herself and the love of a great man.
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