The First Lady and the Rebel

I was provided with a digital ARC of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Mary Todd and her sister Emily were the closest of sisters. They loved and supported one another from afar, even though their husbands fought on opposing sides of the war that devastated a young nation. 

This is a beautifully written portrait of the sweet courtship of a pair of opposites – the wry, stoic Lincoln and the vivacious, sharp-minded Mary Todd. It is a beautifully written portrait of the bonds of sisterhood, and the inimitable joy and often choral grief of motherhood. 

This is Lincoln and his beloved Mary as we have never been privileged to truly see them. All of their foibles, flaws and idiosyncrasies make them leap off the pages. This painstakingly researched book will give you a new appreciation of Lincoln’s tenacity and strength of character. It finally gives us a window into the complexity that was Mary Todd Lincoln. 

Four and a half stars.

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