Mount Vernon Love Story

Mount Vernon Love Story

by Mary Higgins Clark
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Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark

Charming, insightful and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America's legendary figures, Mount Vernon Love Story, by famed suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark, shows the reader the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood and passion, and in the author's skilled hands, the story and the man come fully and dramatically alive.

Mary Higgins Clark's interest in George Washington was first sparked by a radio series she was writing in the 1960s, called "Portrait of a Patriot," vignettes of American presidents.
Always a lover of history, she wrote this biographical novel -- her first book -- and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, which was the family motto of George Washington's mother. With all events, dates, scenes and characters based on historical research, the book was published in 1969.
Its recent discovery by a Washington family descendent led to its reissue under its new title, Mount Vernon Love Story.
In researching George Washington's life, Mary Higgins Clark was surprised to find the engaging man behind the pious legend. He was a giant of a man in every way, starting with his physical height. In an era when men averaged five foot seven inches, he towered over everyone at six foot three. He was the best dancer in the colony of Virginia. He was also a master horseman, which was why the Indians gave him their highest compliment: "He rides his horse like an Indian."
She dispels the widespread belief that although George Washington married an older woman, a widow, his true love was Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend's wife. Martha Dandridge Custis was older, but only by three months -- she was twenty-seven to his twenty-six when they met. Mary Higgins Clark describes their relationship from their first meeting, their closeness and his tenderness toward her two children. Martha shared his life in every way, crossing the British lines to join him in Boston and enduring with him the bitter hardship of the winter in Valley Forge. As Lady Bird Johnson was never called Claudia, Martha Washington was never known as Martha. Her family and friends called her Patsy. George always called her "my dearest Patsy" and wore a locket with her picture around his neck.
In Mount Vernon Love Story, Mary Higgins Clark tells the story of a rare marriage and brings to life the human side of the man who became the "father of our country."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743206303
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/18/2002
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 51,090
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-seven suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels, and also wrote The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, and Every Breath You Take with bestselling author Alafair Burke. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone. Her books are international bestsellers.

Hometown:

Saddle River, New Jersey and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

December 24, 1929

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

New York University; B.A., Fordham University, 1979

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the heels of a summer trip to Valley Forge and Philadelphia, I was glad to stumble upon this book! This is a story, based in facts, about George Washington's early life, continuing through his presidency. I learned so much, while reading a pseudo-romance story!
civilwargirl More than 1 year ago
Mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark details the love story and marriage of George and Martha Washington in Mount Vernon Love Story, the first novel written by the author. I really enjoyed the novelization of the Washington marriage through its ups and downs. Beginning in 1797 the Washington's are preparing to leave Philadelphia and the presidency for retirement at the couple's beloved Mount Vernon. The novel presents a series of flashbacks from George Washington's childhood to the early days of the Revolutionary War. Clark adds new perspective into the complex and loving relationship of two remarkable individuals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having recently visited Mount Vernon on vacation, I was very interested to read 'Mount Vernon Love Story' by Mary Higgins Clark since I assumed it would lead into further insight of the relationship between George and Martha ('Patsy') Washington. Not only did it delve deeper into their relationship than was learned on the visit to their home, but it also provided a deeper insight into the history of the United States. The book's chapters alternate between the beginning of George and Martha's relationship and the end of his presidency. It's a very clever way of storytelling, and each chapter leads into the next with grace, bouncing between time. I must admit that this is the first book I've ever read by Mary Higgins Clark, so I am not familiar with her writing style. And I am sure that this book of history is quite different from her mystery books. It is her first book, however, and it shows. The love story in the title is more the love of Mount Vernon -- the home, the grounds, the idea of it, etc. -- than the love story between George and Martha Washington. It's about the growth of Mount Vernon and the love its owners and visitors had for it. And why they couldn't stop being excited returning to it day after day. Although I wasn't that drawn into the book and the romance between George and Martha, it was intriguing to learn some details about the Washingtons' lives. I especially enjoyed the chapter involving George introducing Martha to his domineering mother for the first time. Here, I felt drawn into the characters and loved the interaction between them. George tries to keep his temper in place over his mother's criticisms while Martha calms him down with her gentle touch. Unfortunately, this type of character development did not seem to continue through the rest of the book. It was definitely an enjoyable read, but I guess I was hoping for something more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A compelling story of a love that is timeless, a love that gave meaning to life...for the first President of the United States! How unique! Provides a peek into the soul of a the reluctant warrior and President, a man who remained very deeply in love with his beloved 'Patsy' over the course of a lifetime. It is this kind of love that surpasses mere passion and transforms lives. Interesting enough, just finished reading Shade of the Maple by Kirk Martin, in which this same kind of lifelong, intimate love is portrayed. You'll have a new respect for George Washington!
Anonymous 4 months ago
An intriguing, excellent read!
LynnLD 6 months ago
Mary Higgins Clark magnificently wrote Mount Vernon Love Story which focuses on the life of George Washington. The story opens with him ending his presidency and the rest is told through flashbacks. She bravely took on this venture and used dated events and places to roll out this tapestry. Washington had a contentious relationship with his mother and fell deeply in love with his best friend’s wife, Sally Fairfax. But as fate would have it, he meets Patsy Custis who later becomes a widow. They marry and he helps raise her two small children, though they had none together. He is often called away for military operations as he led the Colonies in their fight for freedom from England and goes on to become the first president of the United States. At times, they wonder if their love is strong enough, but time proves that it was divinely ordered. Patsy (Martha) was the right one to keep the home fires burning at Mount Vernon while he was helped to start a new nation and they lovingly last for over 40 years.
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