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Mount Vernon Love Story was the first novel written by Mary Higgins Clark, the bestselling author of twenty-two novels that have made her Ameria's Queen of Suspense.
The role of leader came naturally to George Washington, the man revered as "the father of his Country." But when it came to the social aspects of life in the mid-18th century, he was both awkward and insecure. It was only through the love of a woman that he found the happiness that gave real meaning to his life.
In matters of the heart, Washington initially stumbles when he falls in love with Sally Wilcox, his best friend's young bride. But Sally is understanding, and sets out to teach George the art of social graces. When he finds himself attracted to Martha Custis -- a young widow with two children -- he summons the courage to ask her to marry him.
As depicted by Clark, their marriage was not without conflict. Their love was strong, and it endured long months of separation and the many dangers that Washington's role as leader of the Army entailed. At the end of his long career, when he and Martha return to Mount Vernon, the fire of their love burns just as brightly as when he took her there as his new bride.
Charming, insightful, and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America's legendary figures, Mount Vernon Love Story brings alive the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood, and passion.
The Father of Our Country is intimately portrayed in this enlightening bestseller by one of the most popular and prolific novelists writing today. Long before she became America's reigning Queen of Suspense, Mary Higgins Clark was an inveterate history buff whose first work of fiction brought the story of America's original first couple vividly and charmingly to life. Initially titled Aspire to the Heavens and long out of print, Mount Vernon Love Story returns to claim the bestseller lists, boasting all of the style and narrative drive that have made its author a phenomenal success. While the story of Washington the leader has been told countless times, here is the story of Washington the brother, son, lover, and husband. Deftly incorporating scenes from his earlier life, she paints a portrait of fascinating complexity: a young man chafing under his humorless mother's Spartan control; a gentleman making a name for himself in Virginia society; an ardent romantic seeking the affections of his best friend's wife; and a husband whose love for "Patsy" (as Martha was always known) endures hardship and distance to burn just as brightly in old age. As entertaining as it is insightful in its unique evocation of a legendary figure, Mount Vernon Love Story shows us the flesh-and-blood man behind the myth.