Mary Mackey is the author of a number of novels, as well as severalscreenplays and numerous works of nonfiction and poetry. A magna cumlaude graduate of Harvard with a PhD from the University of Michigan,she is a past West Coast President of PEN, and currently is professor ofEnglish and writer-in-residence at California State University. Sheloves with her husband in northern California.
The Notorious Mrs. Winstonby Mary Mackey
Separated from him by the war, Claire boldly
With the nation on the verge of civil war, Claire Winston becomes a crusading abolitionist. But she takes an even greater risk when she finds herself in love with John Taylor, her husband's nephew. As much as John loves her, his devotion is to the Confederacy-and to the rebellious fighters known as Morgan's Raiders.
Separated from him by the war, Claire boldly travels across the war-torn country in search of her lover. Disguised as a male soldier, she suddenly finds herself drafted by none other than General Morgan himself, swept up in the greatest guerilla raid in American history-and caught between her loyalty to the Union and her love for John.
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- 18 Years
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I loved this book. I started the book thinking it would be like the many other civil war stories of a woman dressing like a soldier, but it was not. It was unique and kept me interested. I have reread this book now twice. It constantly surprised me with its twists and turns. I would highly reccomend it to anyone who loves civil war historical fiction.
The Notorious Mrs. Winston I found very interesting. John Hunt Morgan is claimed by my home state Kentucky. In Lexington there is his historical home called the John Hunt Morgan House. In my Kentucky history class I did a term paper on his life and his raiders. The protagonist of the book and her cause tells the story in a very intriguing manner. Sit back and relax. Marry Mackey will tell you a delightful story of the Civil War. By Ruth Thompson author of ¿Natchez Above the River¿ and The Bluegrass Dream.¿
In February 1861, the Civil War is two months away when Claire still on her honeymoon with much older portrait photographer Henry Winston sees the ¿angel¿ for the first time. She cannot believe how wanton she must be to desire Henry¿s nephew John Taylor when she just married. She does not love her spouse having said I do for financial security during troubled times.------------------- Besides hiding her reaction the first time ever she saw John¿s face from him and his uncle, Claire also joins the abolitionist cause without telling her husband. When John, a true believer in the Confederate cause, goes off to battle as a member of Morgan's Raiders, she follows disguised as a young soldier. This enables her to see both sides of the fight especially after Morgan enlists her to his side.------------------ THE NOTORIOUS MRS. WINSTON is a deep look at the Civil War from the viewpoint of a feisty independent female masquerading as a male. Readers see up close what happened at battles and other events through mostly Claire¿s perspective. Though there is a romantic subplot, Mary Mackey uses that in a support catalyst role as this is a strong engaging historical fiction starring a wonderful protagonist.------------- Harriet Klausner