Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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.

Thrice-widowed, Chase found himself at a disadvantage without a wife to host social gatherings crucial to influence-building. Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into this role, establishing a salon at the Chase home that launches a father-daughter partnership bent on achieving the presidency. For her efforts, the Washington Star declared her 'the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.''

None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common - political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness - they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other. When Kate Chase married William Sprague, the wealthy young governor of Rhode Island, it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance. The First Lady was not.

The intertwining public lives of these two women never failed to inspire headlines, but the true and lasting influence each wrought in private makes, in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini's skilled telling, for an even more fascinating story. Mrs. Lincoln's Rival is an astute and lively novel of the politics of state - whether enacted in houses of government or the family homes of its leaders - set against the vibrant backdrop of Civil War Era Washington.

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

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2014
ISBN: 9780525954286
Branch Call Number: CHI
Characteristics: 419 p. ;,24 cm

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Jan 10, 2016

enjoyed book but a lot of history in the large print 750+ pages. plan to read another about kate chase

ChristchurchLib Apr 27, 2014

"A follow-up to Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker traces the rivalry between the daughter of an antebellum presidential cabinet member and the 16th President's wife, the former of whom becomes the bride of governor William Sprague and one of the most highly regarded women of her day." Historical Fiction April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/42146534-cbfc-4ab9-813e-c35776aa9aed?postId=88f681db-41d1-4c1f-9572-092e11f59be6

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sunnye1988
Feb 23, 2014

The description of this book says it all. Kate Chase proved herself to be a strong woman, well respected by the men in the political circles and loathed by Mary Todd Lincoln, the jealous, manipulative and frivilious spender wife of President Abraham Lincoln. "Boy" Governor William Sprague, Kate's abusive husband did not appreciate his strong willed wife who demanded he give up tobacco and whiskey, until she became pregnant with her first child and his second by a women who gave birth to his son out of wedlock. I could imagine Kate's shock when she learned of this from her mother-in-law. The book's content did include real historical facts. Mrs. Lincoln's Rival is a good read for history buffs.

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