Mount Vernon Love Story
Mary Higgins Clark, well known for her thrilling suspense novels, wrote a short novel years ago (original title: Aspire to the Heavens) based on the lifelong love of George Washington and wife Martha. Set in colonial America in the 18th century, Clark brings to life a relationship of which most Americans only learn a little during elementary school.
The novel consists of flashbacks from the day of President John Adams’ inauguration and other highlights during Washington’s personal and professional experiences. Readers will meet an extraordinary cast of characters including an overbearing and eternally dissatisfied woman, George’s mother; long-term friends and supporters, George William and Sally Fairfax; and Martha’s fatherless children, Jack and Patsy. Washington’s love for his home, Mount Vernon, shines as much as his love for Martha, as they build and expand on the property over the years. As George steps out of the public spotlight forever, it becomes quite clear that Washington is ready to once again become a private American citizen.
Clark writes a delightful tale of a president whose private life is rarely explored. She depicts a great American leader also as a wonderful and loving husband, father, and landowner, something readers will no doubt enjoy.