Mrs. Lincolns Sisters

Mrs. Lincolns Sisters The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Mrs Lincoln S Dressmaker Returns To Her Most Famous Heroine, Mary Todd Lincoln, In This Compelling Story Of Love, Loss, And Sisterhood Rich With History And SuspenseIn May , Elizabeth Todd Edwards Reels From News That Her Younger Sister Mary, Former First Lady And Widow Of President Abraham Lincoln, Has Attempted Suicide Mary S Shocking Act Followed Legal Proceedings Arranged By Her Eldest And Only Surviving Son That Declared Her Legally Insane Although They Have Long Been Estranged, Elizabeth Knows Mary S Tenuous Mental Health Has Deteriorated Through Decades Of Trauma And Loss Yet Is Her Suicide Attempt Truly The Impulse Of A Deranged Mind, Or The Desperate Act Of A Sane Woman Terrified To Be Committed To An Asylum And If Her Sisters Can Put Past Grievances Aside Is Their Love Powerful Enough To Save Her Maternal Elizabeth, Peacemaker Frances, Envious Ann, And Much Adored Emilie Had Always Turned To One Another In Times Of Joy And Heartache, First As Children, And Later As Young Wives And Mothers But When Civil War Erupted, The Conflict That Divided A Nation Shattered Their Family The Todd Sisters S Fates Were Bound To Their Husbands Choices As Some Joined The Lincoln Administration, Others The Confederate ArmyNow, Though Discord And Tragedy Have Strained Their Bonds, Elizabeth Knows They Must Come Together As Sisters To Help Mary In Her Most Desperate Hour MRS LINCOLN S SISTERSBY JENNIFER CHIAVERINII really love historical fiction and I realize that parts of this book is fiction The problem is when this genre depicts real people that were part of a significant important time in history I have read numerous books about Abraham Lincoln but until reading this I knew little about Mary Todd Lincoln I knew she was troubled from witnessing her beloved husband President Lincoln get assassinated in Ford s theater and losing three of her four son s I knew little about her oldest son Robert who had her institutionalized claiming she was insane When I finished reading this novel I researched this and found this to be true Mary Todd Lincoln also was released from Bellevue Place to be cared for by her maternal and kind oldest sister Elizabeth My research also included this also to be true At the end of the novel their is an Author s note and bibliography listing sources proving this Author clearly did her research What left me unsettled was not knowing what aspects of this novel is true and what is fiction.I was surprised to learn by reading this that Mary turned against her oldest son Robert for only looking out for her best interests when he had her committed according to this novel She turned on her only remaining son with such vitriol and almost hatred that I found hard to fathom any mother could do That s why I am left wondering how much about that subject alone is fact or fiction I was wondering a lot at the end of the book aside from known facts how much was true and how much was the Author s creative license to propel the narrative Upon reflection I have decided when I want to learn about the real life stories without embellishment I should probably stick to biographies or research primary source material.This was still an informative and enjoyable reading experience I learned about than I had known about Mary Todd Lincoln s family background and it held my interest throughout the entire narrative I think Mary Todd Lincoln had suffered so much loss that realistically who wouldn t be upset and it helps me to feel compassion for her and feel that she could be misunderstood for enduring all that she lost This novel doesn t paint her in a positive picture Before I make up my mind about her I need to do further research Still I am happy I read this novel because it has piqued my interest to read factual research about her life And I think that any novel that inspires me to learn about a subject that I might not discovered interesting previously is a good thing.Thank you to Net Galley, Jennifer Chiaverini and HarperCollins Publisher for providing me with my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review All opinions are my own.Publication Date June 2, 2020 Mrs.Lincoln sSisters JenniferChiaverini HarperCollinsPublishers NetGalley I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review Mary Todd Lincoln attempted suicide 10 years after the assassination of President Lincoln The events leading up to the attempt lead Robert Lincoln, her son, to have her declared legally insane and commit her to a hospital for rest In the years after Lincoln s assassination, Mary had become estranged from each of her sisters for various reasons Once she was committed to the hospital, she began having people reach out to a sister to be saved from the harsh treatment she felt she was receiving.This historical fiction novel follows 2 different timelines 1875 after the trial to have Mary declared insane and the years leading from childhood through the assassination of President Lincoln Each chapter is through the eyes of a different sister Elizabeth, the eldest sibling Frances, the next eldest sister Ann, the sister following Mary and Emilie, a younger half sister Each sister has a different relationship with Mary based on their younger years which is explained in the second timelines in the book.I enjoyed this novel and learning about the Todd family I hadn t realized how many siblings Mary had and didn t know about the suicide of declaration of insanity It was also interesting to see how many influential people the Todd sisters were related to or had in their close circles It was also a bit of a shock to see how vindictive Mary was and the threats that she made against her son after she moved into Elizabeth s home from the hospital.It has been a while since I have read a Chiaverini novel I really enjoyed the Elm Creek series and a few of the novels she wrote for example the one about the underground railroad , but I stopped reading them after some of the books that were set during the Civil War because I found it hard to make it through the descriptions of what was going on in the war The writing was very dry and almost just a regurgitation of facts I m happy to say that in this novel, the chapters about the war were set against how the war affected sisters directly and it was much easier to read.Overall, Chiaverini does an excellent job of bringing the story to life And letting the sisters live on through her words. Excellent novel of Mrs Lincoln and her family The characters were so lifeluijke and captivating you felt like you were a fly on the wall Great page turner for history buffs. This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers William Morrow in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I could not believe how much I enjoyed this book The history behind the Lincoln Assassination was so invigorating to hear in the first place but learning about the aftermath of Mary Todd Lincoln really made it exciting to read I totally loved the fact that despite her many attempts at suicide, Mary still had the support system behind her even with the loss of her husband Abe I also loved learning about all the sisters and their personalities and how each and every one of them helped Mary in their own way Even though they declared her legally insane and wanted her condemned in the asylum, they must put all their differences aside to help one another because the family bond is strong and they need each other I know this book will do well in our historical fiction collection and our community will love it.We will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library That is why we give this book 5 stars. I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review Mary Todd Lincoln attempted suicide 10 years after the assassination of President Lincoln The events leading up to the attempt lead Robert Lincoln, her son, to have her declared legally insane and commit her to a hospital for rest In the years after Lincoln s assassination, Mary had become estranged from each of her sisters for various reasons Once she was committed to the hospital, she began having people reach out to a sister to be saved from the harsh treatment she felt she was receiving.This historical fiction novel follows 2 different timelines 1875 after the trial to have Mary declared insane and the years leading from childhood through the assassination of President Lincoln Each chapter is through the eyes of a different sister Elizabeth, the eldest sibling Frances, the next eldest sister Ann, the sister following Mary and Emilie, a younger half sister Each sister has a different relationship with Mary based on their younger years which is explained in the second timelines in the book.I enjoyed this novel and learning about the Todd family I hadn t realized how many siblings Mary had and didn t know about the suicide of declaration of insanity It was also interesting to see how many influential people the Todd sisters were related to or had in their close circles It was also a bit of a shock to see how vindictive Mary was and the threats that she made against her son after she moved into Elizabeth s home from the hospital.It has been a while since I have read a Chiaverini novel I really enjoyed the Elm Creek series and a few of the novels she wrote for example the one about the underground railroad , but I stopped reading them after some of the books that were set during the Civil War because I found it hard to make it through the descriptions of what was going on in the war The writing was very dry and almost just a regurgitation of facts I m happy to say that in this novel, the chapters about the war were set against how the war affected sisters directly and it was much easier to read.Overall, Chiaverini does an excellent job of bringing the story to life And letting the sisters live on through her words. Mrs Lincoln s Sisters reviewMary Todd was a charming child and this story begins with Mary s childhood Her mother died and her father remarried a woman who gave him several children The Todd house was too small for the large brood and so Mary was sent off to boarding school Afterward she lived with her sister Elizabeth s family in Springfield, Illinois.Mary was courted by several men in Springfield including the politician, Stephen Douglas When Mary married Abraham Lincoln, her sisters were shocked She was the cultured, highly social daughter of the well connected Todd family Lincoln was socially inept but Mary was intent on improving him.Mary and Lincoln had four sons but lost two of them to illness She was very depressed after the first son died and her sister Elizabeth came to Washington to help Mary A second and third son died and Mary sank deeper into depression.When Lincoln was assassinated, Mary was inconsolable At this point she had only one son left and her errant behavior forced him to have her committed to an asylum Mary was eventually released and went to live with her sister Elizabeth.This story examines the relationships that Mary had with her sisters Elizabeth, Ann, Frances and Emilie The book transitions back and forth between Mary s early years, the years of her time as the wife of the President and the years after his death I found the transitions sometimes difficult to follow The author uses the book to examine the life of a very complicated woman She offers theories about Mary s sanity and whether she was a conniver or a truly troubled woman I received this ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate Net Galley for the digital ARC of Jennifer Chiaverini s book called Mrs Lincoln s Sisters I have read Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker by the same author and enjoyed it Years ago, I was awarded and Abraham Lincoln Fellowship and spent a week learning about Lincoln at the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Il Since then I ve read a lot of books about Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Her story is tragic, and most often we read about her life after her husband s assassination through the lens of someone else s point of view This book was written from the point of view of her family and how the events that occurred her being institutionalized affected them. Thanks to Net Galley for the digital ARC of Jennifer Chiaverini s latest book Mrs Lincoln s Sisters Not one of my favorite books by this author but I will recommend it for our historical fiction readers at my library The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker returns to her most famous heroine, Mary Todd Lincoln, in this compelling story of love, loss, and sisterhood rich with history and suspense.

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Mrs. Lincolns Sisters
  • Jennifer Chiaverini
  • 15 December 2019
  • 9780062975973