MRS. LINCOLN'S RIVAL
This book centers on one of the most beloved women during the time of the Civil War: Kate Chase Sprague, who aspired to be well known for her social game and be better than her rival, Mary Todd Lincoln. Through this story, based on actual letters written by Kate and other family members, readers learn what it was like to be in the public spotlight before and during the Civil War. Chiaverini has created a wonderful novel with her extensive research — not only on Kate Chase, but also on the battles on the senate floor and out in the field.
Kate Chase will do anything to help her father become the next President of the United States. When he loses the race, she is devastated but holds her head up and convinces him to accept the job as Secretary of the Treasury, with the hope of securing his place as the next President. Kate knows she will need to form a friendship with Mary Lincoln and reaches out. The only response Kate ever receives is silence, including on the day of Kate’s wedding. She realizes there is no hope of them being friends, and they will only be rivals for the rest of their lives. (DUTTON, Jan., 432 pp., $26.95)