Abe and Molly: The Lincoln Courtship [NOOK Book]

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An historical romance novel with extensive notes about this true story. Frederic Hunter, in this highly entertaining novel, imaginatively conjures the "hidden" history of Abe and Molly's courtship. Hunter's novel soars as he catapults us through the surprising and at times turbulent personal relationship of this most famous American couple. Imagined in the greatest detail from the existing historical record, Abe and Molly;s lives unfold across the pages as they discover their love in frontier America of the late ...
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Abe and Molly: The Lincoln Courtship

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Overview

An historical romance novel with extensive notes about this true story. Frederic Hunter, in this highly entertaining novel, imaginatively conjures the "hidden" history of Abe and Molly's courtship. Hunter's novel soars as he catapults us through the surprising and at times turbulent personal relationship of this most famous American couple. Imagined in the greatest detail from the existing historical record, Abe and Molly;s lives unfold across the pages as they discover their love in frontier America of the late 1830s.
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Editorial Reviews

James M McPherson
Thanks so much for sharing the ms of your novel with me. I have read it with great pleasure, and indeed have learned a great deal from the ways in which you have dealt fictionally with an important but often misunderstood facet of Lincoln's life-and the life of Mary Todd. I am impressed by the way in which you were able to incorporate the extensive research you did into the story, which is more plausible than anything else I have read. . . . A wonderful book.
Kathie B
Moments ago I put down your "Abe and Molly" having read every word of it aloud to John and we both want you to know how very much we enjoyed it. There is so much to say about the book, all of it good and much of it funny. Of all the books I've read about Lincoln, yours has made him come alive so that I really feel I know him as a friend. And Molly - well, she has needed and deserved a champion for a century and a half. You have done a magnificent job.
Richard Dearborn Jr.
The strained courtship of Abraham Lincoln is brought to life by Frederic Hunter's novel Abe and Molly. Reading it is as though one is eavesdropping on the Lincolns' conversations with no guilt.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014002998
  • Publisher: Nebbadoon Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 401
  • File size: 261 KB

Meet the Author

Frederic Hunter served as a foreign service officer of the United States Information Service in Brussels, Belgium, and at Coquilhatville and Bukavu in the ex-Belgian Congo. He covered sub-Saharan Africa as a foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. Later he wrote screenplays for film and television, including Lincoln and the War Within for PBS, which triggered his interest in the Lincoln courtship.
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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    A Fresh Insight into Abraham Lincoln and Mary ("Molly") Todd

    Frederic Hunter is a great find. His Abe and Molly is one of the finest histories I’ve encountered on Lincoln, combining recollections, anecdotes, and detailed research on Lincoln and his courtship of Mary (“Molly”) Todd in Springfield in 1840. It is no surprise that historian James McPherson offered kudos for the novel. Hunter portrays Abe and Mary in their crucial young adult years, as they really were, showing what they were like and how their characters were formed. We see Lincoln’s nervousness and indecisiveness around women, his humility, solidity, natural wit, and ambition, and Mary’s flirtatious nature, her more “modern woman” interest in politics, and her attraction to Lincoln from the start. She is a positive character. Beyond the romance, which is the story tying the novel together, there is a wonderful historical chronicle of the times. We get a ground-eye view of Whig politics of the era, of the Presidential campaign of 1840, and the political beginnings for Lincoln coming off the Black Hawk war. We get the best picture ever of life on the frontier, the circuit riding, the dances and competition for women, the drinking, the dueling, the migrations from Kentucky. And, we get a good view of Stephen Douglas and Lincoln’s legal colleagues. We see the pathos of Lincoln circuit riding, defending a young farm boy who killed a co-worker that had threatened him, and the background of Lincoln’s tough childhood, losing his mother, the family living in a lean-to in Indiana, having to become a man at age eight, later cutting logs and selling them down river. A wonderful story and history, a real inside look. Can’t wait to read more Hunter.

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