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@Read Kindle ï Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters ⚝ The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker returns to her most famous heroine, Mary Todd Lincoln, in this compelling story of love, loss, and sisterhood rich with history and suspenseIn May , Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide Mary s shocking act followed legal proceedings arranged by her eldest and only surviving son that declared her legally insane Although they have long been estranged, Elizabeth knows Mary s tenuous mental health has deteriorated through decades of trauma and loss Yet is her suicide attempt truly the impulse of a deranged mind, or the desperate act of a sane woman terrified to be committed to an asylum And if her sisters can put past grievances aside is their love powerful enough to save her Maternal Elizabeth, peacemaker Frances, envious Ann, and much adored Emilie had always turned to one another in times of joy and heartache, first as children, and later as young wives and mothers But when Civil War erupted, the conflict that divided a nation shattered their family The Todd sisters s fates were bound to their husbands choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate ArmyNow, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour This fictional account illuminates the relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and the sisters she was closest to Elizabeth, Frances, Ann, and Emilie A brief snapshot is given of the the sisters and the rest of the Todd children s early childhood, but this book mainly features Mary s episode of grief and depression which led to her being deemed insane by the courts and remanded to a mental institution The description of the many quarrels and periods of estrangement between Mary and her sister This fictional account illuminates the relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and the sisters she was closest to Elizabeth, Frances, Ann, and Emilie A brief snapshot is given of the the sisters and the rest of the Todd children s early childhood, but this book mainly features Mary s episode of grief and depression which led to her being deemed insane by the courts and remanded to a mental institution The description of the many quarrels and periods of estrangement between Mary and her sisters left me quite believing that Mary did in fact suffer from a mental illness, but it also seemed Mary was very disagreeable and hard to get along with The great tragedies she suffered in the untimely death of her sons and the assassination of her husband can excuse some of her behavior, but I wassickened and saddened about her treatment of her oldest and only living son, Robert This book sympathizes with Mary s family and how difficult it was to deal with her and how upended everyone s lives became when they were in and out of her favor The story alternately reads like a fictional tale with much dialogue and character interaction, and then abruptly changes to atext book style narrative It was an interesting perspective on Mary s relationship with her peers, and my interest was held because of my visits to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and he and Mary s home in Springfield, IL and the things I learned there about our 16th President and his family I definitely think there is merit to stormy relationships between Mary and her family members, but the reader would do well to remember this book is a fictional account I won this book as a goodreads giveaway Thank you William Morrow and Harper Collins.I thought this book was very well written I enjoyed how the author took known information about the Todd sisters and made it into a well flowing narrative.It s also a story of how the war between the states tore apart and brought together families If you are a fan of 19th Century America give this book a go. I won an ARC of Mrs Lincoln s Sisters in a Goodreads giveaway and I promptly began reading on April 15th Over the next few days, I would pick it up only to set it down again unable to get into the story Once I reached the 6th chapter, I set it aside As soon as the book released on June 2nd, I obtained an audiobook copy from my local library In this format, I was able to finish the story and compile my thoughts.I do admire and respect Jennifer Chiaverini and have spent many enjoyable hours r I won an ARC of Mrs Lincoln s Sisters in a Goodreads giveaway and I promptly began reading on April 15th Over the next few days, I would pick it up only to set it down again unable to get into the story Once I reached the 6th chapter, I set it aside As soon as the book released on June 2nd, I obtained an audiobook copy from my local library In this format, I was able to finish the story and compile my thoughts.I do admire and respect Jennifer Chiaverini and have spent many enjoyable hours reading her other works Unfortunately, with this novel, I found it difficult to connect with any of her characters That s saying a lot given the size of the Todd family While it was interesting to view the major events of their lives from the viewpoint of each sister, I felt like I was reading the transcripts of a family feud The jealousy and backbiting among the siblings coupled with Mary Lincoln s fits of hysteria just didn t make for good fiction Despite how I felt about this title, I will be among the first to read whatever Chiaverini writes next I had no idea until I finished this book that it is a follow up to another Chiaverini book, Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker I was thoroughly taken with Mrs Lincoln s Sisters and with Chiaverini s writing style and am already on the hunt for the first book in the series That being said, I m somewhat of a Civil War buff and have visited Gettysburg, the Appomattox Court House, and Fort Sumter, so I may be a bit biased when it comes to any historical fiction book concerning major players in the war, in I had no idea until I finished this book that it is a follow up to another Chiaverini book, Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker I was thoroughly taken with Mrs Lincoln s Sisters and with Chiaverini s writing style and am already on the hunt for the first book in the series That being said, I m somewhat of a Civil War buff and have visited Gettysburg, the Appomattox Court House, and Fort Sumter, so I may be a bit biased when it comes to any historical fiction book concerning major players in the war, including Mary Todd Lincoln, but I thought this book was phenomenal One of the things I enjoy the most about historical fiction books based upon real life characters, is that it always whets my appetite to further research the character, and I did just that with Mary Todd Lincoln, as I personally did not know much of anything about her life following the assassination of her husband I found much of what was written in this work of fiction to be historically accurate, but I still assume much of the narrative is fiction however, it was very intriguing The book focuses mainly on Mary Todd Lincoln s fate, all told through her numerous sisters eyes I have always read that Mary Todd Lincoln was a difficult person, but based on this book, to say that she was troubled is putting it mildly Her story is both heartbreaking and deeply troublesome, from her only surviving son having her declared legally insane, to a suicide attempt, and her shocking actions following her internment Although they had long been estranged, Mary s eldest sister, Elizabeth, sets aside her grievances and takes her in after her release from the asylum, as she realizes that Mary s tenuous mental health deteriorated through years of trauma and loss Some of her other sisters are not so understanding though, and through their characters, you learn that Mary s issues may have started long before the death of her sons and her husband s assassinations I thought Chiaverini really excels in writing about this era, in both her language and her descriptions there is nothing worse than historical characters using twenty first century speech She easily manages to draw the reader into the time period, and with her use of flashbacks alternating with present events, she is able to delve into Mary s personality and bring the reader full circle I loved all of the sisters varying reflections on Mary and enjoyed each sister s story immensely I had to keep reminding myself that this was a fiction book, as it read like a biography, and at the end, I found myself questioning the depth of Mary s insanity as opposed to selfish manipulation There were a few times I felt a big bogged down by some of the backstories, but all in all, it is definitely a 4 star worthy read