Mrs. Lincoln's Rival: A Novel
You and I are both political creatures, Miss Chase. Neither of us would be happy so far from the center of things.
Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights.
Praise for Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
'History - and its colorful characters - come alive.' USA Today
'Required reading . . . . The story of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and Lizzie Keekley, a former slave who became Mrs. Lincoln's seamstress and confidante. After the president's assassination, Keekley created the Mary Todd Lincoln quilt and also a scandalous memoir. A new spin on the story.' New York Post
'Jennifer Chiaverini imagines the First Lady's most private affairs through the eyes of an unlikely confidante.' Harper's Bazaar
'Any reader interested in President Lincoln, Civil War history, or historical fiction should love this book.' Bookreporter.com
'Taking readers through times of war and peace as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary woman, the author brings Civil War Washington to vivid life through her meticulously researched, authentic detail. Chiaverini's characters are compelling and accurate; the reader truly feels drawn into the intimate scenes at the White House.' Library Journal
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wearylibrarian - LibraryThing
I chose this book because the Chase family is from Cincinnati. While the book is considered fiction, a lot of historical formation is included. I never realized Salmon P. Chase was such a........jerk ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - brangwinn - LibraryThing
Chiaverini returns to the Civil War in this story of Kate Chase, daughter of Salmon Chase and popular Washington DC hostess. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker introduced readers to Kate, but this provides a ... Read full review