Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray - Dorothy Love

Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray

By Dorothy Love

  • Release Date: 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Historical
  • Size: 2.51 MB
Score: 5
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Description

A general’s wife and a slave girl forge a friendship that transcends race, culture, and the crucible of Civil War.

Mary Anna Custis Lee is a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and heiress to Virginia’s storied Arlington house and General Washington’s personal belongings.

Born in bondage at Arlington, Selina Norris Gray learns to read and write in the schoolroom Mary and her mother keep for the slave children and eventually becomes Mary’s housekeeper and confidante. As Mary’s health declines, Selina becomes her personal maid, strengthening a bond that lasts until death parts them.

Forced to flee Arlington at the start of the Civil War, Mary entrusts the keys to her beloved home to no one but Selina. When Union troops begin looting the house, it is Selina who confronts their commander and saves many of its historic treasures.

In a story spanning crude slave quarters, sunny schoolrooms, stately wedding parlors, and cramped birthing rooms, novelist Dorothy Love amplifies the astonishing true-life account of an extraordinary alliance and casts fresh light on the tumultuous years leading up to and through the wrenching battle for a nation’s soul.

A classic American tale, Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray is the first novel to chronicle this beautiful fifty-year friendship forged at the crossroads of America’s journey from enslavement to emancipation.

Reviews

  • Mrs. Lee and Mrs Gray

    5
    By Justonik2012
    Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray is a very well written book. It will grip you and make you angry and bring extreme joy all in the same chapter. The Lee's oldest daughter was a mystery to the end, but I felt really connected to all the characters until the end. I think Mary gave Selina the keys to Arlington because in Mary's eyes Selina was charged with taking care of the house, that was her job! Sometimes Mary's actions and her thoughts were in conflict. In other words, she worked and preached about them being free, but she always treated her as a servant. It was a really good book I would recommend it to anyone who loves history and anyone who loves the South.

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