Washington's Lady

This week is a twofer week. I was promised to the FIRST and now it is time for the CFBA review.
Washington's Lady is a fictionalized account of Martha Washington's life in first person, through her eyes. After the first chapter, I was ready to let this one go with no comment whatsoever. I am not a fan of someone trying to get inside a famous person's head and tell their story. How can anyone know what another is thinking or why another acts the way they do?
There are certain givens, such as intense grief at the death of a child or spouse. Joy at seeing a child when he's been away for a long while. Uncertainty at what the future will bring, new love, enduring love for one's spouse.
Also, Nancy Moser has done a ton of research, reading letters, studying portraits, tramping over familiar landmarks so I'm pretty sure she's got a good handle on what was going through Martha's mind at most of the points covered in this story. Nancy admits to making up a couple of things because of evidence such as finding some exquisite bowls smashed at the bottom of the well at her father-in-law's house after he dies. It was no secret that he did not like his daughter-in-law.
I give this one a thumbs-up. It is entertaining and it gives an excellent insight to Martha Washington's world.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Washington's Lady

(Bethany House June 1, 2008)


Nancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Solemnly Swear, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.


It has been said that without George Washington there would be no United States. But without Martha, there would be no George Washington. He called her "my other self."

Who was this woman who captured the heart of our country's founder? She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms...

Though still a young woman, Martha Dandridge Custis was a wealthy, attractive widow and the mother of two small children with no desire to remarry. But when a striking war hero steps into her life, she realizes that she is ready to love again. She is courted by, then marries the French and Indian War hero.

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.

Her new life as Martha Washington took her through blissful times at Mount Vernon, family tragedies, six years of her husband's absence during the Revolutionary War, and her position as a reluctant First Lady.

Known for moving first-person novels of Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen, in Washington's Lady, Nancy Moser now brings to life the loves and trials of the First First Lady of the United States.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

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