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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jennifer Chiaverini's New Book

COMING MARCH 3, 2015: Mrs. Grant and Madame JuleThe Story:  In 1844, the shy Missouri belle Julia Dent met Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant, a brilliant horseman and reluctant soldier. The two fell deeply in love, but four years passed before Julia’s father permitted them to wed. The groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony.

Despite her new husband’s objections, Julia kept as her slave another Julia, known as Jule. Since childhood they had been companions and confidantes; Julia was gifted with prophetic dreams, which Jule helped her interpret. Julia secretly taught Jule to read, while Jule became her vision-impaired mistress’s eyes to the world. But beneath the gathering clouds of war, the stark distinctions between mistress and slave inevitably strained and altered their tenuous friendship.

As Ulysses rose through the ranks of the Union army during the Civil War, he often summoned Julia and their four children to join him at military headquarters. The general’s wife rarely failed to bring her favorite maid along, tearing Jule from her own beloved husband, whom she had secretly married in defiance of the law. Both women risked certain danger as they traveled to and from the field of war, but for Jule, the hazards of travel also brought knowledge and opportunity.

Even as Julia Grant championed the Union cause and advocated for suffering women on both sides of the brutal conflict, she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind federal lines—until the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation inspired Jule to make a daring bid for freedom.Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle the singular relationship of these two remarkable women, bound by light and shadow.

What People Are Saying:  “[Chiaverini’s] depiction of the essential decency of some of our nation’s early leaders is a high point.” 
-- Booklist

"Chiaverini's fans will love this light historical romance."

“­Chiaverini’s eye for detail coupled with an ability to breathe life into her characters ensures an engrossing period piece that does not fail to both entertain and inform.” -- Library Journal

My Review:  I found this book every bit as wonderful as the Mrs. Lincoln books.  The details were what made it for me.  And the characterizations brought Jule and the rest of the characters to life.  I enjoyed it immensely and couldn't put it down.

Stay tuned!  Friday, I'll be making an exciting announcement!


Raewyn said...

I"m slacking, I haven't got to reading the other Lincoln book/s yet - does sound like I have to hunt them down!!

Helen said...

I loved the other books - and know that I will also love this one as well. I enjoy tremendously all of Jennifer Chiaverini's books

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