I just finished reading Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark. This was one I had planned to read over the summer, but fell a little bit behind! I have been wanting to read this for a long time and I’m so glad I did!
Mount Vernon Love Story is a novel about the romance of George and Martha Washington. It begins as George’s Presidency is ending and John Adams is being inaugurated as the 2nd President. Then they start remembering back in time to when George was a young boy.
The book continues to go back and forth in time and we read about when he first met Martha and their courtship. Then their marriage and all of the events in between that and later as he is retiring as President.
It was written as fiction and so there is dialogue and a lot of emotion throughout the book. I love the way it made George and Martha Washington seem like real, everyday people. They are some of the people that we tend to put on a pedestal and never really get to know, aside from learning the facts of our country’s beginnings. So it was really neat to imagine them falling in love and going through all of the things that we all face each day.
I also learned a lot of things that I never knew before. The slipcover says that Mary Higgins Clark has always been passionate about history and especially interested in George Washington. One thing that I learned was that George Washington never fathered any children of his own. He did “adopt” Martha’s two children from her first marriage and loved them as his own all of his life.
The book’s main focus is his relationship with Martha and how they related to each other. She didn’t really focus so much on the war or the government issues. So it was neat to read about the “soft side” of one of our founding fathers. I have always loved history and so this was really fun for me.
This was the first book by Mary Higgins Clark that I had ever read and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books very soon!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves history and romance! I think you will enjoy it very much! I think this would even be a good book for a young adult for history reading as well.
What books have you been reading lately? I’d love to hear from you!
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