The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker reveals Mary Todd Lincolns very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague in this astute and lively novel of the politics of stateset against the backdrop of Civil War Era Washington.
Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase Sprague stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father, Salmon P. Chase, in Washington society as a Lincoln cabinet member and as a future presidential candidate. For her efforts, The Washington Star declared her "the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her."
None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in commonpolitical acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatnessthey could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other...
Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, The Spymistress, Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, Fates and Traitors, and the Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and two sons.
Praise for Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
"Jennifer Chiaverini imagines the First Ladys most private affairs through the eyes of an unlikely confidante."Harpers Bazaar
"Historyand its colorful characterscome alive."USA Today
"Required reading."New York Post
"Any reader interested in President Lincoln, Civil War history, or historical fiction should love this book."Bookreporter.com
"Taking readers through times of war and peace as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary woman, the author brings Civil War Washington to vivid life through her meticulously researched, authentic detail. Chiaverinis characters are compelling and accurate; the reader truly feels drawn into the intimate scenes at the White House."Library Journal