I learned a lot from reading this book. Mary Todd was a well-educated woman from a wealthy Kentucky family who became a Northern wife when she married Abraham Lincoln, a Springfield lawyer. They were poor for much of their marriage; Mary Lincoln continued to worry about money for most of her life. She was faithful to the Union in spite of vicious press attacks on her throughout her husband's presidency and the Civil War. She was the first president's wife to be called "First Lady." After her husband's assassination, her mental health suffered and she was briefly held involuntarily in an asylum after her son Robert had her brought to trial on charges of insanity. She never forgave him for betraying her.
The book has been on my shelf for over a year, but I wanted to read it before seeing the movie Lincoln. I'm glad I read it, although I found it slow. I rate it 3 out of 3.