“I wish I had a little girl like you, Julie,” Mary Todd Lincoln often told Julie Taft, and for the first year of the Lincoln presidency, sixteen year old Julie had the run of the White House, befriending the First Lady, playing with the Lincoln boys, and sharing priceless moments with Lincoln himself, which she noted down in her diary. An intimate portrait of the Lincoln family, as only a child could see them, through the first, fateful, tragic year of the civil war.
I’ve always been fascinated by American history, and of course Abraham Lincoln is one of the people who has a really fascinating story, so as soon as I saw this I couldn’t resist.
This is a fictionalised novella based on the diaries and letters of the family of Julie Taft, set around the time of the beginning of the Civil War and the death of Willie Lincoln. It was a very quick read and I really did enjoy in. More often than not you hear about how people were in their job, rather than what they were like as a person, especially historical figures.
This was a refreshing insight into the man that made the president, loving, caring, fun and kind.
Highly recommended – and it is free on Kindle to Amazon Prime subscribers!
Finished on June 15th 2017
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