A Love Like No Other: Abigail and John Adams, a Modern Love Story

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A Love Like No Other -- passion, heartbreak, scandal and triumph. Abigail and John Adams endured it all. They may have lived 200 years ago but their love affair was as modern as any today. They married in 1764 against both their mothers' wishes. Passionate, independent and determined, Abigail bore John six children and struggled to raise, educate and launch them while he struggled to launch a career and a new nation. An uncommon partnership in any time.

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Overview

A Love Like No Other -- passion, heartbreak, scandal and triumph. Abigail and John Adams endured it all. They may have lived 200 years ago but their love affair was as modern as any today. They married in 1764 against both their mothers' wishes. Passionate, independent and determined, Abigail bore John six children and struggled to raise, educate and launch them while he struggled to launch a career and a new nation. An uncommon partnership in any time.

During the months and years apart, Abigail suffered the fears of any woman not only for her lover's safety but his fidelity, then drank in the passion of his homecomings. On her own with small children during the Revolution, she scraped together enough to pay the taxes only to have Congress renounce the currency, forcing her to start all over again from nothing. Though she was John's advisor and trusted partner -- she single-handedly ran the family farm, bought and sold land, invested the meager profits and bartered for their sons' school fees while he was away -- he ignored her when she demanded the right of women to vote. Proud of her lineage, she was faced with her family's shame. Worse, she was forced to watch helplessly as two of her children ended their lives in squalor on the eve of her 'Dearest Friend,' John's, greatest triumph.

John and Abigail's lives and times -- like ours -- were tumultuous, demanding and uncertain. Abigail's concerns, particularly, are as modern as those of any woman today - retaining her own identity while sacrificing for her family, maintaining a loving, faithful marriage despite temptations to shatter it, raising children in the face of dangers and pitfalls, and finding the money to make it all work.

A Love Like No Other is a timeless story of struggle, ambition, heartbreak and triumph, but most of all it's the story of an enduring love against all odds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479358038
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 1,033,765
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Taylor Robson grew up sailing and building boats with her father on the Chesapeake Bay. Halfway through college and uncertain what degree to pursue, she moved to a flat in London, working as a charwoman and housepainter, and traveling. After a year of perhaps too much fun and somewhat scattered thought, she returned to the US and earned a degree in history.

In her last year of college, she met and fell hook line and sinker for a former racing sailor who became a tugboat captain. At his behest, Robson went to work on coastal tugs first as cook/deckhand, then as licensed mate, until a month before the couple's first child was born.
While she missed the adventure on water, she wanted to stay home with the children, a new adventure in itself. "It was frustrating but stretched me as a person in ways I would have had no idea about before experiencing it. And it was fun. Also, I wanted to be present for them. Whatever our kids might say about our shortcomings as parents, I don't think they'll ever doubt how much we love them."

A freelance writer for such periodicals as House Beautiful, Yachting, Southern Living, Chespeake Bay Magazine and The Baltimore Sun, she also wrote Woman in the Wheelhouse (originally published in hardcover by Tidewater Publishing), the story of her six years as one of the very few female mariners in the country at the time.

Her husband's work meant that he spent more time at sea than at home -- one reason Robson was fascinated with Abigail Adams's life and marriage. Another is that Robson wanted a partnership much like the Adamses: passionate, challenging, productive and mutually supportive.

An avid gardener and cook, she is also a Master Gardener, essayist, and advocate for organic local food. Robson, who is still married to the tugboat captain who first won her heart, now lives in the country and grows many of the family's vegetables.

Their daughter followed her father into the maritime (despite her mother's warnings) and is a second mate on a petroleum tanker in the Pacific. Their son avoided the maritime like the plague.

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