Saturday, March 03, 2012

Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser

Book Description
She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms... Though still a young woman, Martha Custis is a widow. But she is not without means and has no desire to remarry. Not, that is, until a striking war hero steps into her life and she realizes she is ready to love again. Yet she wonders whether this man, accustomed to courageous military exploits, can settle down to a simple life of farming and being a father to her children. Even as she longs for domestic bliss, Martha soon realizes she will have to risk everything dear to her and find the courage to get behind a dream much larger than her own. Known for moving first-person novels of Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen, Nancy Moser now brings to life the loves and trials of the First First Lady of the United States.

My Thoughts
When I saw this book about Martha Washington, I immediately wanted to read it since George Washington is one of my absolute favorite historical figures (I wrote a 45 page report on him in High School). But though I was intrigued I was a little skeptical about how well it would be written. It was superb and I loved it! Nancy stayed true to most of the known facts and I absolutely loved all the embellishments she added. Especially the conversations between George and Martha, it made them seem so real. And in the back there is a list of things that were fact, fiction, or slightly tweaked. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to get a whole new look at history. I loved it so much that halfway through my ARC, which my sister gave me, I got online and purchased an actual copy. I highly suggest you do the same!  

About the Author
Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty novels that focus on the characters discovering their unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories. Her latest release "An Unlikely Suitor" was named to Booklist's "Top 10 Romance Novels of 2011". Both "An Unlikely Suitor" and "Masquerade" are set in the Gilded Age of New York City. Moser's contemporary books are known for their big-cast utilization of multiple points-of-view and intricate plotting. And her historical bio-novels allow real women-of-history to share their life stories. Her time-travel novel, "Time Lottery", won a Christy Award and "Washington's Lady" was a finalist. Nancy and her husband Mark live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She gives Said So Sister Seminars around the country, helping women identify their gifts as they celebrate their sisterhood. She paints canes voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included. Find out more at,  and her historical fiction blog Footnotes


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