Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters

Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters

A Novel

Large Print - 2020 | Large print edition, First Harper large print edition.
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"A fascinating glimpse into the women of an influential family on the front lines of some of the most important moments of that indelible time."--Booklist

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker returns to her most famous heroine, Mary Todd Lincoln, in this compelling story of love, loss, and sisterhood rich with history and suspense.

In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide.

Mary's shocking act followed legal proceedings arranged by her eldest and only surviving son that declared her legally insane. Although they have long been estranged, Elizabeth knows Mary's tenuous mental health has deteriorated through decades of trauma and loss. Yet is her suicide attempt truly the impulse of a deranged mind, or the desperate act of a sane woman terrified to be committed to an asylum? And--if her sisters can put past grievances aside--is their love powerful enough to save her?

Maternal Elizabeth, peacemaker Frances, envious Ann, and much adored Emilie had always turned to one another in times of joy and heartache, first as children, and later as young wives and mothers. But when Civil War erupted, the conflict that divided a nation shattered their family. The Todd sisters's fates were bound to their husbands' choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army.

Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Large Print, [2020]
Edition: Large print edition, First Harper large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062999863
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Chiav
Characteristics: 515 pages


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Aug 21, 2020

This is a well written historical novel. I had read a biography of Mary Todd Lincoln so many of the information about her was not new to me. There were two major features that I took away with me. The first is how divided the Todd family was between North and South during our Civil War. It is been quite a few years since I have studied American history. Somehow I thought Lincoln's presidency preceded the secession of the southern states. The division of the nation began on December 20, 1860. The first inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th President of the United States was held on Monday, March 4, 1861. Lincoln was never president of the "United" States. Sadly Lincoln died on April 14, 1865. He never saw the end of the war on May 9, 1865. I highly recommend this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

debwalker Apr 02, 2020

When Mary Todd Lincoln attempted suicide, the sisters gathered....

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