Sometimes a book falls into my lap and I feel it's God's gift to me. This is one of them. It's straight out of the 18th-century and filled with historical tidbits that whisk me away. Ever think of George Washington's wife as anything but the mother of our country - old, dowdy, and gray? Well, look again!
When I saw this book, the first thing that struck me was the cover. Here is a lovely woman in a sumptuous dress looking decidedly unMartha-like. How did they do that?! To achieve it, the LSU forensics team took a later portrait of Martha Washington, age-regressed it 25 years via computer, then gave the image to an artist who painted this portrait. The painting is now at Mount Vernon, the Washington's Virginia estate. Small wonder George rode up to this young widow's house, introduced himself, and "the attraction was mutual, powerful, and immediate."
At almost 6 feet 4 inches and a hero of the French and Indian war, George was no slouch himself. Suffice it to say that theirs was one of the most enduring love stories of the 18th-century. Both Martha and George were devout Christians who fashioned their lives around their faith.
What historical figures intrigue you the most? Which time period are you drawn to?