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The President's Lady by Irving Stone
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May 04, 08

bookshelves: historical-fiction

I know that Andrew Jackson is not always the most beloved president (he is responsible for the Cherokee Trail of Tears), but this historical novel about his youth and marriage really sheds light on his character and the things that he struggled with. The love of his life was Rachel, he never married again, and she died just as he was elected to the presidency. A sweet, gentle, intelligent woman, she actually nearly cost him the presidency, and many of his famous brawls and duels came about because someone had insulted her. Rachel had been married young, to a scoundrel who later divorced her. Or so she thought. Shortly after her marriage to Jackson, it came to light that the divorce was not finalized, and she was charged with bigamy. The issues that they faced are heartbreaking, but through it all they truly loved each other. Meticulously researched, I simply could not put this book down.
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