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Nancy Moser, Christy Award-winning author of Mozart's Sister, distills the life of Martha Washington into a revealing first-person historical novel. As a financially secure widow who has felt death's sting six times, 26-year-old Martha determines not to remarry. And then into her life strides a heroic colonel, and she dares to love again. But soon she must envision an even greater dream than domestic bliss.
©2008 Nancy Moser (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

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Engrossing!

I will count this among the very best books I have listened to. It was completely engrossing, and I dreaded having to stop listening to finally go to sleep. It was a tender look at both Martha Washington's thoughts and actions in her personal life AND her husband's little-known private words and feelings. For the majority who never realized what an inspiration she was to her husband, and how great impact she had in his life and our country's history, it is a real eye-opener. I never knew of the private heartbreak that Martha Washington endured in her life, having lost every one of her children over time, and the many other loved ones in her life that died. It was so typical of the times in American life, though, that illnesses, injuries, and diseases that we now have treatments and cures for were life-threatening just 200 years ago. Her strength in the face of those many losses was really inspirational to me. She made a conscious choice more than once to rise above the socially acceptable response of grieving, taking to bed, and generally becoming depressed. Her service to others, her husband, family, friends, and total strangers was also keenly inspiring. Her life was consumed with hostessing, nursing, and nurturing, and the author did a superb job, as did the narrator, of capturing her for the listener. Bravo!

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  • Tamela
  • Fort Scott, KS, USA
  • 01-08-09

One of the Best

This is one of the best books I have listened to. It kept me interested the whole time. I have a new appreciation for our founding fathers and their families.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book!

Must read! The Washington's life was a difficult one but they loved each other dearly. I enjoyed how the author really brought these historical people to life and made them real. She showed how you can overcome obstacles and long separations and still be devoted to one another. Will listen to this book again and again.

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  • Debbie
  • Murfreesboro, TN, United States
  • 02-23-09

Great!

I thought this was a great read. It really made my past visit to Mt Vernon come alive. It was a real love story and showed their dedication not only to each other but to our new country. The word "providence" is used often in this book.
Providence it was for our first President and his
lady.
Good narration and should be a recommended read for all teens to read. As Americans they can
relive the sacrifice that many men and women made
for their freedom.

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Favorite Book I've Ever Read!

There were to many moments to count where I found myself so admiring Marta Washington! I just love her! Not only for her relationship with George Washington, but everyone she meets. This book was so well written I feel like II know Martha personally. Wish there were more Martha's in this world.

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Rubbish!

I read this book via Audible in October 2017. I chose it several months back to the glowing reviews on Audible while looking for Lady Washington by Dorothy Clarke Wilson. I was looking forward to enjoying a historical fiction story about one of my favorite historical women. So I started this book with great anticipation, and quickly found myself slogging through the typical Christian "historical fiction" rubbish (of which I have read a metric ton since my teenage years, Gilbert Morris, Bodie Thoene, Michael Phillips, Francine Rivers, Judith Pella, Janette Oke, Lori Wick, etc).

The scope of this story follows the life of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington beginning at the death of her first husband Daniel Custis, through her courtship with George Washington and then their years at Mount Vernon, the Revolutionary War, glossing over the years of his presidency, and eventually his death.

I found the discussion of her anxiety and how this impact her life and her relationships (with her children and husband) very interesting; but other than this deduction, the remainder of the story was typical nationalist xenocentrism (quoting the 1954 version of the Pledge of Allegiance, really???).

If you want a easy-reading "historical fiction" story about Martha Washington (that focuses more on fiction than history) then enjoy, but if you are interested in a more historical telling of her story, please look elsewhere.

~cross-posted on Amazon~

Audible specific review issues: Narrator was good. I would listen to her again.

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Okay

Narrator's voice is very old lady with a lot of priss. It killed it for me

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Fantastic

Much thanks to Nancy Moser for giving such a beautiful picture of Martha Washington and her beloved George.

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  • Judith
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 09-08-09

I did not enjoy

I was hoping for a bit more history. I didn't enjoy the reader's voice very much and found the book kinda silly. Glad others liked it, I didn't; it was a struggle to finish. The second half was abit more interesting than the first.

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