Title: Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love
Author: Mary Calvi
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publish Date: February 19, 2019
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Did unrequited love help
spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution?
Never before has this story about George Washington been told. Crafted
from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries, Dear George, Dear Mary explores George's relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America.
elegant eighteenth-century society to bloody battlefields, the novel
creates breathtaking scenes and riveting characters. Dramatic portraits
of the two main characters unveil a Washington on the precipice of
greatness, using the very words he spoke and wrote, and his ravishing
love, whose outward beauty and refinement disguise a complex inner
Dear George, Dear Mary reveals why George
Washington had such bitter resentment toward the Brits, established
nearly two decades before the American Revolution, and it unveils
details of a deception long hidden from the world that led Mary Philipse
to be named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing. While
that may sound like the end, ultimately both Mary and George achieve
what they always wanted."
My Two Cents:
"Dear George, Dear Mary" is the story of George Washington and his first love, Mary Philipse. Usually we see George Washington as the war hero and the stoic President. We don't often to get to see him as a romantic figure. This book is an interesting take on why Washington was so involved with the American Revolution. Was it for country or was it for love?
I love when historical fiction can get you to see a different side of a famous historical figure like we do in this one with George Washington. Before reading this book, I had never even heard of Mary but I had heard a lot of George Washington. It was so interesting how the author brought both of these characters to life. The author packs in a lot of detail from historical letters and documents that really made the book come to life. There were a few places where it could have been streamlined but overall the detail was nice.
I did have some difficulty with suspension of disbelief in this book with regard to what pushes Washington towards the revolution. The story of his drivers and involvement is very well known. Perhaps love was a factor but it was not a singular factor and it was hard for me to buy in to that without forgetting the well known stories.