Mrs. Lincoln's Rival - eBook
Mrs. Lincoln's Rival - eBook  -     By: Jennifer Chiaverini
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Dutton
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780698148475
ISBN-13: 9780698148475

Publisher's Description

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker reveals Mary Todd Lincoln’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague in this astute and lively novel of the politics of state—set 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 common—political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness—they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other...

Author Bio

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Grant and Madame JuleMrs. Lincoln's DressmakerThe SpymistressMrs. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

"Jennifer Chiaverini imagines the First Lady’s most private affairs through the eyes of an unlikely confidante."—Harper’s Bazaar

"History—and its colorful characters—come 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. Chiaverini’s characters are compelling and accurate; the reader truly feels drawn into the intimate scenes at the White House."—Library Journal

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  1. Linlou
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    good historical fiction
    August 28, 2014
    Linlou
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Mrs. Lincoln's Rival.
    must read
  2. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Visit Washington During The Civil War
    February 6, 2014
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for Mrs. Lincoln's Rival.
    This is the story of a very accomplished young woman. She has stepped into the shoes of her Mother so to say. Her father has had an illustrious career as a State Senator from Ohio. She has become a First Lady to him, a Hostess, and a brilliant worker on his behalf. Their main goal together is the Presidency of the United States.

    Unfortunately Kate's father makes a few big mistakes, and Abraham Lincoln outshines him and becomes President. Knowing what we know, I guess he was blessed!

    Thus we see where a rivalry comes from between Mrs Lincoln, and lovely Kate. This book takes you almost daily into the beginning, the War, and then finally the end of the Cival War. What a time to live in Washington D. C. Must have been hard to live in the middle of the action, watching the young determined men march off, and then the casualties of war return.

    Kate's Dad still has the ambition to climb to the highest office of the land, and does take a position in Lincoln's Cabinet. We experience of the tragedy of the loss of Lincoln's son, and the snubbing of Kate and her family. There is also a touch of romance, and you will find yourself routing first for one fellow and then the other.

    Kate ends up with one, but what a relationship, kinda not happily ever after. I also felt that the ending was a bit rushed, and we missed some closures. There are unanswered questions, I wish there had been a bit more.

    All in all I enjoyed this book, and would recommend you read it. You will experience living in the 1860's in most of Eastern US.

    I received this book from the Publisher through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.
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