George Washington is known for being a tremendous general, the first President of the United States, and a maker of history. What was he like as a man and husband though? What was the relationship like between George and his wife Martha? Who really was George Washington? In “Mount Vernon Love Story” by Mary Higgins Clark, readers have the chance to truly get to know George Washington before he became the first President of the United States and learn about his love for the woman that was always at his side.
Told through the point-of-view of George Washington, the novel follows his youth with a domineering and cold mother, his work as a surveyor, and eventually becoming a great general and leader. The novel also explores George’s relationship with Martha, a sweet, pretty, and loving young widow who changes his life forever by becoming his wife. George and Martha have a happy and supportive marriage despite having no children and George raises Martha’s children as his own. The novel also takes a look at George’s first love, the wife of his neighbor, Sally Fairfax and how his feelings for Sally and Martha differed. “Mount Vernon Love Story” is a portrait of George Washington, the man, not just the first President of the United States.
“Mount Vernon Love Story” has some great moments. The relationship between George and Martha is wonderfully portrayed and you can feel the love and respect between them. The novel really picks up when George and Martha meet and they form a family with her children. This is the heart of the story.
Another interesting part of the novel is George’s relationship with his difficult and stern mother. George’s mother is cold, demanding, and cruel. It shapes how George views other women the rest of his life. George forms a friendship with Sally and a romance and marriage with Martha, women that are so vastly different from his strict mother.
The only criticism of the novel is that it would have been lovely to focus on the period George Washington was president and what his relationships with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and other notorious figures were like. The novel lacks in the portrayal of George as President Washington.
“Mount Vernon Love Story” is a sweet love story and a nice look at a president and man we all think we know, but really don’t. You can definitely get to know George Washington in this novel.
To purchase “Mount Vernon Love Story”: http://www.amazon.com/Mount-Vernon-Love-Story-Washington/dp/0743448944
For more information on Mary Higgins Clark: http://www.maryhigginsclark.com/