Dear John

Dear John

by Norma L. Betz

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ISBN-13: 9781434310712
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 01/26/2008
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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GABixler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dear JohnBy Norma L. BetzAuthorHouseISBN: 978-1-4343-1071-2With a deep sigh, I closed Norma L. Betz¿s first book, Dear John, having read it that day! What a delightful, satisfying read!Actually, you might say that Dear John has a book within the book, for it includes many original letters from Abigail Smith Adams to her husband, who was then the second president of the United States, John Adams. What a wonderful way to share part of America¿s history with readers!The main thrust of the book is a love story, but not necessarily the usual one! Let me tell you a little about Susanna and Quincy... Susanna Smith is a professional woman who has created a rather insular life for herself...and her companion, Quincy. As an administrator at a college, she well knows that she should have already taken time off to attend to the estate of her late aunt, for whom she was named¿Susanna Abigail Smith. But, in doing so, she would have to admit that she had trouble with delegation and had procrastinated leaving, even though she well knew that her staff could handle her department during her absence.When Quincy realized that she was pulling her luggage out and getting ready to leave, he was quite concerned that he might be left behind. However, when his favorite blanket was placed by the door, he felt it best to stay right there and ensure he went with her! No, Quincy is not her pet. He is her only real companion and much of Susanna¿s dialogue is directed to Quincy! It¿s a fun relationship and readers will enjoy their sharing. As Susanna laments not having visited her aunt more often and not even knowing about her death until after her burial, it is Quincy with whom she shares her turmoil. It is he that gives her his unconditional love and support when she begins to realize that she has shut herself off from her family and even other friends.Susanna¿s arrival at her aunt¿s home brings back many wonderful memories. But it is when she starts hearing the praises of her aunt from her lawyer, who had been in love with her, from his son and her co-worker that her pain and loss grows even worse. And when her aunt has left her a letter, along with the letters of her famous ancestor, she becomes enthralled with reading them even to the point of going to the library to read and research what was historically happening about which her aunt was writing.The movement back and forth between the life of Abigail Smith Adams, through her letters, and Susanna¿s is very well done and adds tension to the reading of both. Susanna reads of what Abigail is facing as the Revolutionary War is fought and then learns more about what was actually happening through visits to the library where her aunt was once the librarian.At the same time, much is happening in Susanna¿s life as she meets her own ¿John¿ and begins to care for him. Her life is turned upside down and is placed in danger because of what she finds there in her aunt¿s historical home. The reader¿s interest is sustained throughout as both the War is fought in 1775 and Susanna¿s own internal struggles for her life begins.Quincy hooked me in, the historical letters caught my interest, and the drama of Susanna¿s new life turned each page. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to especially those interested in historical romance (although this isn¿t a historical romance book). Once you start reading the letters from Abigail to John Adams you¿ll understand this reference! By the way, the book includes footnotes and an extensive bibliography for the true historian.Enjoy this one¿I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Dear John¿ is a work of fiction that incorporates true historical elements. Dr. Betz, the author, has written a fantastic story that involves mystery and danger. Susanna Smith is a descendant of Abigail Smith Adams who was married to our second president John Quincy Adams. When Susanna discovers that she has inherited her aunt¿s estate, she travels from New Jersey to Massachusetts with her beloved dog Quincy. Initially, she decides to go to clean up loose ends and put the house on the market. This house has been in her family for over 200 years, but her career and home are in New Jersey. Once Susanna arrives in Massachusetts, the adventure begins. She discovers that her aunt¿s lawyer was once her aunt¿s sweetheart. She also meets his son and finds herself drawn to him. He is a real estate agent. He recommends a friend of his from college to assess the valuables in the house in case she decides to send the contents to auction. There are many items that have great value. One such item is a silver tea set that was made by Paul Revere. Another valuable item is a box containing a set of letters written by Abigail Adams to her beloved husband John, while he was president during the Revolutionary War. It doesn¿t take to long for Susanna to realize that these letters are being sought by a dangerous man. As she is dealing with this adventure, she reads the letters and learns what life was like for the First Lady. She had to deal with living in war times with her husband far away from her. She had to deal with the issues caused by war, treachery, and death. She was definitely a courageous woman, especially for her times. As Susanna gets to know Abigail through her letters, she feels drawn to her ancestry, which makes her miss her family even more. There is definitely a valuable message here, in that we are reminded the importance of not taking family members for granted, because we never know how long we will have them. Susanna also as to learn who she can trust as an enemy gets closer. ¿Dear John¿ really tells a wonderful story. I loved it that I was able to learn about a period in history, while reading a story that I totally enjoyed. Both Susanna and Abigail Adams are women that are ahead of their times. Abigail had to run things while her husband was away. Susanna is a woman that has a successful career with a great deal of responsibilities. Being a dog lover, I loved her relationship with Quincy. He definitely adds to the story. I highly recommend this novel. It would be a great choice for a reader¿s groups. Fans of history will really appreciate it because it is heavily referenced and there are resources listed for investigating the actual historical events. Don¿t miss out on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a deep sigh, I closed Norma L. Betz¿s first book, Dear John, having read it that day! What a delightful, satisfying read! Actually, you might say that Dear John has a book within the book, for it includes many original letters from Abigail Smith Adams to her husband, who was then the second president of the United States, John Adams. What a wonderful way to share part of America¿s history with readers! The main thrust of the book is a love story, but not necessarily the usual one! Let me tell you a little about Susanna and Quincy... Susanna Smith is a professional woman who has created a rather insular life for herself...and her companion, Quincy. As an administrator at a college, she well knows that she should have already taken time off to attend to the estate of her late aunt, for whom she was named¿Susanna Abigail Smith. But, in doing so, she would have to admit that she had trouble with delegation and had procrastinated leaving, even though she well knew that her staff could handle her department during her absence. When Quincy realized that she was pulling her luggage out and getting ready to leave, he was quite concerned that he might be left behind. However, when his favorite blanket was placed by the door, he felt it best to stay right there and ensure he went with her! No, Quincy is not her pet. He is her only real companion and much of Susanna¿s dialogue is directed to Quincy! It¿s a fun relationship and readers will enjoy their sharing. As Susanna laments not having visited her aunt more often and not even knowing about her death until after her burial, it is Quincy with whom she shares her turmoil. It is he that gives her his unconditional love and support when she begins to realize that she has shut herself off from her family and even other friends. Susanna¿s arrival at her aunt¿s home brings back many wonderful memories. But it is when she starts hearing the praises of her aunt from her lawyer, who had been in love with her, from his son and her co-worker that her pain and loss grows even worse. And when her aunt has left her a letter, along with the letters of her famous ancestor, she becomes enthralled with reading them even to the point of going to the library to read and research what was historically happening about which her aunt was writing. The movement back and forth between the life of Abigail Smith Adams, through her letters, and Susanna¿s is very well done and adds tension to the reading of both. Susanna reads of what Abigail is facing as the Revolutionary War is fought and then learns more about what was actually happening through visits to the library where her aunt was once the librarian. At the same time, much is happening in Susanna¿s life as she meets her own ¿John¿ and begins to care for him. Her life is turned upside down and is placed in danger because of what she finds there in her aunt¿s historical home. The reader¿s interest is sustained throughout as both the War is fought in 1775 and Susanna¿s own internal struggles for her life begins. Quincy hooked me in, the historical letters caught my interest, and the drama of Susanna¿s new life turned each page. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to especially those interested in historical romance (although this isn¿t a historical romance book). Once you start reading the letters from Abigail to John Adams you¿ll understand this reference! By the way, the book includes footnotes and an extensive bibliography for the true historian. Enjoy this one¿I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Susanna protected herself by keeping everyone at arm¿s length. It was not until after the death of her aunt that she realized how much she loved her. Susanna and her faithful companion, Quincy, returned to Massachusetts to settle the estate. Letters from Abigail Adams dated 1775 were passed down through generations for safekeeping. Reading about her ancestor gave Susanna a sense of family that she never felt before. The letters are worth a large sum of money, and someone is determined to steal them. Dear John is beautifully written. The plot is interesting and quickly captured my attention. I could not put this book down. Norma Betz has created delightful characters. Each character has a distinctive voice. The supporting characters add much to this story. Norma Betz is extremely talented she allows her story to flow and grow. Threads of history and contemporary are woven together to create a beautiful tapestry of words. Betz does not depend on sensationalism, graphic content, or harsh language. Dear John has a plot that will endear readers to Abigail Adams. This is a must read!