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Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington

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In Mount Vernon Love Story -- famed suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark's long-out-of-print first novel -- the bestselling author reveals the flesh-and-blood man who became the "father of our country" in a story that is charming, insightful, and immensely entertaining.

Always a lover of history, Mary Higgins Clark wrote this extensively researched biographical novel and ti
Mass Market Paperback, 254 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1968)
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Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
The book offers a glimpse into the personal life of General George Washington, the first President of the United States and his wife Patsy. The narrative could have easily drifted onto Washington's professional achievements, and his life as the President of the US, of which he served two terms. However, that is not the case. Clark has maintained a calculated focus on the story, giving it warm undertones and keeping her eyes firmly on the family life that this great man had, and the endearing lov ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! It's an easy read. I hated to have it end and tried to read it as slowly as possible. I read Glenn Beck's "Being George Washington", which gave an insight into his Professional Life. "Mount Vernon Love Story" gave an insight into Washington's personal life with "Patsy". He's more than just the Hero of the Revolution and our First President. He was a man without a formal education who never thought himself good enough and always strived to be better. All he wanted t ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This charming historical novel was actually Mary Higgins Clark first novel, originally published in 1968 under the title Aspire to the Heavens (this was the slogan often repeated to George Washington as a child by his austere mother, Mary Ball Washington – a slogan by which President Washington certainly lived his life!). It was re-released in 2002 and it couldn’t be a better time!

With our country suffering both the tragic physical attacks of 9/11/2002 and the verbal attacks of those who detest
I hear this one is Mary Higgins Clark's first shows. I enjoy historical novels as much as the next guy but this one just didn't have the oomph. George Washington didn't really feel real. I didn't really get the love story. I wish she had included her references so I could check up on some of her information. Patsy really didn't seem much of a strong character for me. Clark put this thought into Washington's head about Patsy, "Again he was struck by the realization that this was not a w ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
I was motivated to read this book after my family visited Mount Vernon a month or two ago. The house and grounds are so beautiful, and George Washington's accomplishments, humility, and service to our country are very impressive.

After finding out that this book was fiction and written by a popular murder-mystery author, I worried that it would be trashy and poorly written, and unfairly portray George and Martha Washington as typical shallow, romance-novel hero and heroine.

To my happy surprise, i
Marianne Wonnacott
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Sweet historical novel. A little choppy, as though it was written in segments and then thrown together, not written from the beginning as a novel. Fun way to read about the personal life of one of our beloved founding fathers. The most interesting part of the book I found to be was his life growing up. I am interested to know more about his mother and father and what made them who they were. He certainly didn't get his greatness from a mother who constantly told him what a great person he was or ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
There were parts of this book I really enjoyed. I did not like how the story kept going back in forth from different time periods. I also wondered if the author took liberties to make the relationship between George Washington and Sally Fairfax more than it was. I would like to think so.
Launette Shaw
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet read and pretty informitive. It didn't keep me on my toes but a sweet love story.
Kelley Wiggins
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!! I have never read a book so fast before. It was so awesome to be taken back in time- into someone's thoughts and life from so long ago...especially someone like President Washington and his bride, Martha (everyone called her Patsy)!
Jane O'shaughnessy
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it was a small book and an easy read. Apparently her first book updated, I really enjoyed the story of their love.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a child I was an avid reader of biographies, especially of presidents, particularly of Lincoln. I never knew very much about George Washington, he was mysterious to me and I guess based on the little I heard about his reputation for being aloof and taciturn, I assumed that there was not much out there written about him! This is a wonderful story of the personal history of the man, giving some insight to his relationships - with his mother, brother, friends, and Martha (Patsy of course!) and h ...more
Becky B
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
After being on my to-read list for years I was surprised that I StRUggLEd to finish this book. I thought it was poorly written and boring. It's billed as a biographical novel but I just didn't feel it. It was more like biography switches to novel and switches back. I visited Mount Vernon earlier this year and I've read parts of "The Real George Washington" so I felt like I started this book with a decent knowledge of George and Martha Washington and Mount Vernon. I felt that was helpful because ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first time reading Mary Higgins Clark. This is not her usual mystery book. This was her very first book she wrote, a historical fiction about George and Martha Washington. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some really great insights into what the life of George Washington was like. Each chapter in the book is a different time period (it jumps around), so sometimes I had to go back and think about when this was happening. But every chapter, no matter what time period, is filled with a longing to get ba ...more
Jan 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Although I love reading about George Washington and think he is an incredible man, this book was basically just fluff and really didn't cover him or his relationship with Martha as much as I would have liked. Clark said she did a lot of research, so I think she should have filled the book out more and written more in-depth. Basically, I wish David McCullough would have written this book.
Linda K. Melzer
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful novel about the nation's hero George Washington.

I very much enjoyed this delightful novel about George and Martha Washington. My only criticism is that I wish it had been written in more depth.
Stephanie Dray
The preface by the author made me think I would love this book. I give her points for trying to humanize the Founding Father that has largely become pure legend. But the structure of the story--told in jarring flashbacks--was so distracting that I couldn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked.
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read the series "Prelude To Glory" about George Washington and the Revolutionary War and this just added such a personal touch to such a great man. His life was such a mixture of challenges and blessings.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Ms. Clark's first book, which I hadn't even known existed until it was re-issued. A good solid story, if a little dull at times.
Naomi Blackburn
Jun 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Just a really nice piece of fiction work regarding the marriage of George and Martha Washington. It was an incredibly light read, but it was sweet.
Gloria Arrington
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This help make George Washington into a real person. It helped to understand his choices and resolve. I love history that comes alive as this book did. I highly recommend it.
Faith Nathu
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
From the beginning of the read I was so eager to read such a late love story that I knew nothing about. It was tough to get used to the way Mary Higgins wrote but it was a great story. I enjoyed it.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read many of Mary Higgins Clark mystery novels over the years, I had no idea that she started out as a biography writer. When I bought Mount Vernon Love Story in a second hand book store, I had no idea that 1) this was her first novel and 2) this wasn't one of her mystery books.

This story telling/writing was pretty bad. It felt very amateurish. I couldn't help but think while reading it, how did it ever get published? I wouldn't pick up another one of her books if this was my first experie
Cathy Skendrovich
What a lovely romance about the father of our country! A friend of mine recommended this book, and I'm so glad she did. I love reading about Colonial times. I would dearly like to write one, but the facts are so immense I'm not sure I could do the time period justice, as Mary Higgins Clark did. The story goes back and forth in time. While some reviewers have complained about it, I actually liked it.

I loved all the little facts that she included, down to the materials used in Patsy's clothes, to
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is clearly not a typical Mary Higgins Clark novel. Mount Vernon Love Story was first published in 1968 under the title Aspire to the Heavens. This publication was many years before her first 1975 suspense novel Where Are the Children. There were interesting anecdotes of George Washington's relationships but wish the chapters would not have gone back and forth within the timeline of his life. Although I really did enjoy this book I still gave it a higher rating simply because it was Clark's ...more
Carol Arce
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a gift for donating to the preservation of Mount Vernon and, admittedly, its not a book I would have ordinarily selected to read. Its written on about a junior high school reading level and is more love story than history, nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was interesting to see a side of George Washington that I hadn't seen in other works: the young man disparaged at every turn by his mother, the nervous bridegroom, the anxious stepfather and the citizen farmer. ...more
Melody Savage
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Clean. I love finding books written for adults that I can read and enjoy! Who knew Mary Higgins Clark wrote historical fiction? I believe it was her first novel, having, reportedly, done extensive research on George Washington, trying to ferret out the truth of his interest in his neighbor, Sally Carey Fairfax. I can still see a bit of her own spin, but it was a delightful spin. It was as much of a love story of George Washington and his beloved Mr. Vernon as it was a love story between him and ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Surprisingly good story about George and Martha Washington with history mixed in. The first book this author wrote. I know I've wrote some negative comments about Higgins Clark, this was her second book I ever read and because I enjoyed, I made her a regular author to read. I'm regretting that decision right now. Hopefully her next novel that I read (Loves Music, Loves to Dance) is enjoyable.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a nice, quick read to kick off my summer. It left me wanting to know more about our first president and his family.

What I did not like about the book..... the negative references to Native Americans (my perception I will admit). Also, I struggle with books that go back and forth between two timelines, but this one was a little easier than many others that do this.
Chris Burd
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
While not entirely historically accurate as it relates to the character (and character flaws) of a number of individuals, this idealized version of George and Martha Washington's relationship was a fun read.
Lynn Dixon
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Higgins Clark magnificently wrote Mount Vernon Love Story which focuses on the life of George Washington. The story opens with him ending his presidency and the rest is told through flashbacks. She bravely took on this venture and used dated events and places to roll out this tapestry.
Washington had a contentious relationship with his mother and fell deeply in love with his best friend’s wife, Sally Fairfax. But as fate would have it, he meets Patsy Custis who later becomes a widow. They
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Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author, is the author of 46 books and counting: she’s written thirty-three suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges. She has also written five holiday suspense novels with Carol Hig ...more
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