Courting Mr. Lincoln

Courting Mr. Lincoln

A Novel

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A page-turning novel about the brilliant, melancholic future president and the two people who knew him best: his handsome and charming confidant (and roommate), Joshua Speed, and the spirited young debutante Mary Todd.
 
A Washington Post Bestseller
A May Indie Next Pick
An Apple Books Best of the Month for April
A People Magazine Best Book of the Week
 
“Exquisite.” —People
“A triumph of a novel.” —Bookreporter.com
“Rich, fascinating, and romantic.” —Newsday


When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one’s short list to be president. A country lawyer living above a dry goods shop, he is lacking both money and manners, and his gift for oratory surprises those who meet him. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with an interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma. “I can only hope,” she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, “that his waters being so very still, they also run deep.”

It’s not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: an amiable, profound man who, despite his awkwardness, has a gentle wit to match his genius, and who respects her keen political mind. But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield.

Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and inspired by historical events, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.

A page-turning literary historical novel about the relationships between the brilliant, melancholic future President and the two people who knew him best: his handsome and charming confidant (and roommate) Joshua Speed and the spirited young debutante Mary Todd.


Baker & Taylor
Reimagines the early adulthood of a future 16th President from the alternating views of the two people who knew and loved him best, including spirited debutante Mary Todd and Lincoln's intimate confidante, Joshua Speed. By the author of Mr. Timothy.

Baker
& Taylor

Reimagines the early adulthood of the future sixteenth president from the alternating views of the two people who knew and loved him best, spirited debutante Mary Todd and Lincoln's intimate confidante, Joshua Speed.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781616208479
Branch Call Number: FIC BAY
Characteristics: 379 pages ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Courting Mister Lincoln

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darladoodles
Apr 14, 2019

Abraham Lincoln is a giant in American history. This book gives us the opportunity to examine the man early in his legislative and law career through the eyes of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed. Both of them loved Abe and were anxious for him to be successful. Unfortunately the two seemed unable to share Abraham's good will. Throughout the story, the advantage seems to seesaw back and forth until the Todd/Lincoln wedding occurs in late 1842. After that we get two glimpses of their future -- one from each. Proverbs 27:17 says, "Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another." In His divine providence, God used Joshua Speed to give Lincoln the polish needed to court Mary Todd. Then He used Mary Todd to hone Lincoln's political instincts. Thus our nation was blessed to have Lincoln in the White House when we needed him. I believe this book will most definitely give modern readers a better understanding of Mary Todd and the forces she was subjected to by history. Quite enlightening!

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