Review: Mount Vernon Love Story
Being our first president, George Washington has so many myths surrounding him that are familiar to us; from the “Cherry Tree” to the “Wooden Teeth”, we’ve heard them since we were children. I was gifted a book this past Christmas that opened my eyes to a new myth; that Washington was forever in love with his best friend’s wife rather than his own. As scandalous as it sounds, I am happy to report that this myth was debunked by the lovely book that informed me about it, Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark.
This book bounces between the last day of his presidency and subsequent trip home to earlier chapters of his life of which he is reminiscing. You learn about his early days at home with a tempest of a mother, traveling with his ill brother, his inheritance of Mount Vernon and his time in the wars. You meet Sally Fairfax and see how George was smitten with her and how she taught him what would make him an excellent husband, gentleman and president. She was quite a force in his early life, but nothing like Martha “Patsy” Washington ended up being for the rest of his life. This book tells of how they met and married as well as the joys and sorrows that come with life together.
While the story as a whole was just a fun and fascinating read, what I really enjoyed about it was the research that Clark put into it. This book was originally written in 1969 under the title “Aspire to the Heavens” and was thoughtfully researched. All the events, dates, and characters were researched and are based on actual events. Gotta love an engaging story that is also factual!
And if all this isn’t enough to make you read it, how about helping preserve a national treasure?? If you purchase this book from Mount Vernon’s website,* you can not only get an autographed copy, but the proceeds will go towards preserving Washington’s home! In the book, Washington talks about his love of his home and the planning he put into it, so buying this to help his home I am sure would bring a smile to his face!
Have you read this book before? Have you ever visited Mount Vernon? Let me know in the comments below!
*Link is not an affiliate link and I am not being paid for this review - I just really like good books and history!