The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmakerreveals 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…
“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