Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love

Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love

Mary Calvi / Nov 12, 2019

Dear George Dear Mary A Novel of George Washington s First Love A novel about heiress Mary Philipse s relationship with George Washington based on historical accounts letters and personal journals by nine time New York Emmy award winning journalist Mary Calvi

  • Title: Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington's First Love
  • Author: Mary Calvi
  • ISBN: 1250162947
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A novel about heiress Mary Philipse s relationship with George Washington, based on historical accounts, letters, and personal journals by nine time New York Emmy award winning journalist Mary Calvi Love is said to be an involuntary passion, and it is, therefore, contended that it cannot be resisted George WashingtonDid unrequited love help spark a flame that ignited A novel about heiress Mary Philipse s relationship with George Washington, based on historical accounts, letters, and personal journals by nine time New York Emmy award winning journalist Mary Calvi Love is said to be an involuntary passion, and it is, therefore, contended that it cannot be resisted George WashingtonDid unrequited love help spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution Never before has this story about George Washington been told Crafted from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries, Dear George, Dear Mary explores George s relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America.From elegant eighteenth century society to bloody battlefields, the novel creates breathtaking scenes and riveting characters Dramatic portraits of the two main characters unveil a Washington on the precipice of greatness, using the very words he spoke and wrote, and his ravishing love, whose outward beauty and refinement disguise a complex inner struggle Dear George, Dear Mary reveals why George Washington had such bitter resentment toward the Brits, established nearly two decades before the American Revolution, and it unveils details of a deception long hidden from the world that led Mary Philipse to be named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing While that may sound like the end, ultimately both Mary and George achieve what they always wanted Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 336 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by St Martin s Press More Details ISBN 1250162947 ISBN13 9781250162946 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Dear George, Dear Mary A Novel of George Washingtons First Love by Mary Calvi Author Release date Feb 12, 2019 Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 finished copies of DEAR GEORGE, DEAR MARY, a novel about George Washington s relationship with heiress Mary Philipse Enter for a chance to win 1 of 20 finished copies of DEAR GEORGE, DEAR MARY, a novel about George Washington s relationship with heiress Mary Philipse, based on historical accounts, letters, and personal journals Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Can t Wait Books of 2019 1,073 books 2,397 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 19, 2018 Erin rated it it was ok Shelves historic fiction 1700s Find this and other reviews at I get too far ahead of myself, I want to note that I m in the minority when it comes to Mary Calvi s Dear George, Dear Mary Most readers really loved the time they spent with this book and as such, I hope anyone reading this takes my feedback with a grain of salt.Calvi based this story on a little known chapter of George Washington s life and while I liked the material, I found the thesis difficult to swallow I don Find this and other reviews at I get too far ahead of myself, I want to note that I m in the minority when it comes to Mary Calvi s Dear George, Dear Mary Most readers really loved the time they spent with this book and as such, I hope anyone reading this takes my feedback with a grain of salt.Calvi based this story on a little known chapter of George Washington s life and while I liked the material, I found the thesis difficult to swallow I don t mean to be rude, but suggesting the ignition switch of the American Revolution is rooted in George Washington s relationship with Mary Philipse requires the reader to ignore the social landscape of the colonies and a myriad of policies that favored the interests of the Crown over the interests of its subjects A war started by love might work for Homer, but I don t feel it appropriate when exploring the American Revolution.I found the political dialogue in this piece minimal which was hard as I am a reader who enjoys such things, but I also found it difficult to build relationships with Calvi s cast or envision the world they inhabited Calvi is good at describing the mechanics of her story, but her worldbuilding and character development didn t come through the way I needed them to Calvi s style was too dry for my tastes and I felt it took far too long for the plot to come full circle.At the end of the day, I found Calvi s story creative, but feel I was a poor fit for it and would have a hard time recommending it alongside novels like America s First Daughter or The Turncoat flag 19 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 22, 2018 Holly 2 Kids and Tired rated it it was ok I have long been fascinated by George Washington So, naturally I was intrigued by the idea of Dear George, Dear Mary Honestly, this was not a story I enjoyed and barely finished I know that George Washington had relationships with women and feelings for at least one before and after his marriage to Martha His relationship with Sally Fairfax is well known However, I was unaware of the existence of Mary Philipse before reading this novel While I appreciate that the author did extensive resea I have long been fascinated by George Washington So, naturally I was intrigued by the idea of Dear George, Dear Mary Honestly, this was not a story I enjoyed and barely finished I know that George Washington had relationships with women and feelings for at least one before and after his marriage to Martha His relationship with Sally Fairfax is well known However, I was unaware of the existence of Mary Philipse before reading this novel While I appreciate that the author did extensive research using historical accounts, letters and journals to create this fictionalized story, I have a difficult time believing that George s perceptions and hatred of the British all stemmed from a failed relationship That just does not ring true for me.I found the novel long on detail and short on story There was too much he did something and she felt something And, I struggled to find any sort of connection or empathy to these characters Ultimately though, I think that many readers of history and historical fiction will enjoy this story And early reviews have many readers praising it It just wasn t a good fit for me flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2018 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it did not like it Shelves read 2018 TO BE REVIEWED OVER AT FRESH FICTION flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Amy rated it really liked it Dear George, Dear Mary A Novel of George Washington s First Love is a great read I give it four and a half stars flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Rosalie rated it it was amazing I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dear George, Dear Mary This book was so addictive that I couldn t stop reading it Mary Calvi instantly drew me into the story of George and Mary I loved the style, the history and the old time feel of her book I kept anticipating the next page Her creative descriptions helped bring the book to life This was truly an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 30, 2018 Annette rated it it was ok 1756, Yonkers On Hudson, NYMary Eliza Philipse is nervous about the upcoming ball at Philipse Manor She is to celebrate her 21st birthday and 220 guests including the most celebrated colonel of the colonies, George Washington, are to be attending 1753, Fredericksburg, VirginiaGeorge Washington walks alone in wilderness in the early hours of the morning as he is to deliver a letter, he thinks Tis better to be alone than in bad company As a boy, he had written down 110 rules that he had learn 1756, Yonkers On Hudson, NYMary Eliza Philipse is nervous about the upcoming ball at Philipse Manor She is to celebrate her 21st birthday and 220 guests including the most celebrated colonel of the colonies, George Washington, are to be attending 1753, Fredericksburg, VirginiaGeorge Washington walks alone in wilderness in the early hours of the morning as he is to deliver a letter, he thinks Tis better to be alone than in bad company As a boy, he had written down 110 rules that he had learned from a prominent book on correct behavior George strove to incorporate each of them into his conduct Anything he learned, he had to do on his own Without a father in his home, 110 rules was, at least, a start He is sent on a mission to deliver the governor s letter to the fortress of the French and demand surrender He doesn t have military or diplomatic experience, or formal education But he has the resolve to become a man worthy of respect Washington s story begins 3 years earlier and runs parallel with Mary reading The Journal of Major George Washington of his events at the French fortress.The beginning of the story is very engrossing, but once the ball happens, the progressive story becomes less and less progressive and and descriptive And that s not a style of writing I like But of course it might be to someone else s liking FB BestHistoricalFiction flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves giveaway s I have been giving this review a lot of thought From the title and the blurb I expected to actually read letters from to George Washington and from to Mary Philipse therefore I experienced some disappointment that it was not so To be sure, there are snippets here and there but not to the extent I had been looking forward to or had been led to believe The story is enthralling at times and at others I feel left wanting I m not sure if that is because as a woman of our time I want her to n I have been giving this review a lot of thought From the title and the blurb I expected to actually read letters from to George Washington and from to Mary Philipse therefore I experienced some disappointment that it was not so To be sure, there are snippets here and there but not to the extent I had been looking forward to or had been led to believe The story is enthralling at times and at others I feel left wanting I m not sure if that is because as a woman of our time I want her to not give in and marry Morris you don t need a man just because he is a man, wait for George or what It is a different time, there was tremendous pressure on her to marry Morris, for goodness sake, her family, not to mention the British army conspired against her and Colonel Washington just so that twit can woo and then marry her She didn t stand a chance, neither did Washington It was frustrating, who knows what would have been Of course I realize much of this is gleaned from the letters, etc I don t know how much was actually detailed in the papers that Calvi had at her disposal I do know she did what appears to be quite a bit of research I will say there were some rotten people in poor Mary s life along with some good people as well Can t believe Dr James Jay didn t get run out of town or worse, I guess family connections will save anybody even from their own family All in all I did enjoy reading this book, I got over the initial disappointment over it not being a collection of letters That is due entirely to Calvi s easy writing style While referring to real people and events, it reads like a fiction It could easily be made into a pleasant and enjoyable film I had previously enjoyed historical fiction but somewhere along the way, it became too romancey and not enough historical The genre became just another way to deliver the rather too intimate details of a relationship, perhaps mask it in a less scandalous way Dear George, Dear Mary is a story of a romance, make no mistake, but it isn t about serving us the juicy bits or about detailing the physical aspects of the relationship It is a telling of a real relationship shared by these two people who happened to have places in our history It is ultimately an unhappy relationship because it was unfulfilled, they never got to see their hopes and dreams succeed due to forces beyond their control It is sad It is nice to see believe that although the years passed, the great hurt and disappointment that Washington must have felt did not color his treatment of Mary during the war George Washington was ever the gentleman through and through It is easy to see why the women all swooned over him I did enjoy seeing some of the 110 rules for a gentleman by which Washington comported himself would have really liked it if these rules were listed somewhere in their entirety especially as I have a feeling they would still apply and be useful in today s world If you like the old fashioned historical fiction, give this book a try It is a quick read and a pleasant way to spend your free time flag Like see review Jan 11, 2019 Kelly rated it it was ok Shelves arc to review, historical fiction 2.5 5 stars I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley This in no way impacts my review Dear George, Dear Mary presented a very compelling story in its blurb the story of George Washington s relationship with his first love, Mary Philipse, sourced almost entirely from letters and diary entries the two had written As a lover of all things historical fiction, and especially historical fiction that sticks close to the facts of real events, I was excited for this one 2.5 5 stars I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley This in no way impacts my review Dear George, Dear Mary presented a very compelling story in its blurb the story of George Washington s relationship with his first love, Mary Philipse, sourced almost entirely from letters and diary entries the two had written As a lover of all things historical fiction, and especially historical fiction that sticks close to the facts of real events, I was excited for this one However, it didn t quite live up to my expectations.I often complain when historical fiction books aren t historically accurate or have too much made up stuff in them this book suffered from the opposite problem This book seemed very confused about whether it wanted to be fiction or non fiction, which took away a lot of the enjoyment for me When I go into a fiction book, I want story and feelings and relatable or at least sympathetic characters When I go into a non fiction book, I expect to learn and absorb a lot of information With this book, which couldn t make up its mind, you lost some of the feeling emotion of good fiction but also lost the facts of the non fiction among the story.Those were my main two issues with this book I didn t feel very connected to Mary OR George, despite the fact that this was a love story and should have had some romance swooning involved, and I also got REALLY bored and zoned out everything there was a long passage quoted from a historical document A snippet of a letter from Mary to George or vice versa would have been a nice touch every once in a while in this book, but I didn t need long passages quoted from all of George s letters to other military officials, especially when they had nothing to do with the main plot of the story They bogged down the story and made it harder to read, which is quite a shame I had never heard of Mary Philipse before, but it sounds like she had a really interesting life and her relationship with George actually seemed profound than the one she had with her husband or that George had with Martha I wish I had enjoyed learning about her.Overall, I just wish Calvi would have been decisive in writing either a historical FICTION book that focused on the romance and relationship of George and Mary or just said she was doing a non fiction book on this and focused on the academic historical source side of the book I feel if she d focused on the feelings of Mary and George s relationship , I would have felt connection to the characters and enjoyed this book much immensely, just as I would have enjoyed it if she made it entirely non fiction and I went into this with the intent to read a non fiction book and learn about the pair in an academic sense.I give this book a 2.5 5 stars It gets props for the interesting subject matter and for the few chapters where we actually saw Mary and George interacting, because I greatly enjoyed those, but the rest of the book falls flat for a lack of character development and dry passages that quote directly from historical sources I wanted story or non fiction, but this mix of both didn t work for me, unfortunately flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 16, 2018 Simone Henderson rated it it was amazing I just finished this book I couldn t put it downit was THAT good I enjoy reading historical fiction, and this was an advanced readers copy I am under no obligation to write a review.In this novel, the relationship between George Washington and one of his first loves New York heiress Mary Eliza Philipse Polly is laid out Mary is beautiful, yet troubled due to a childhood tragedy she cannot put behind her Believing she is cursed, she cowers away from suitors until she meets an honorable I just finished this book I couldn t put it downit was THAT good I enjoy reading historical fiction, and this was an advanced readers copy I am under no obligation to write a review.In this novel, the relationship between George Washington and one of his first loves New York heiress Mary Eliza Philipse Polly is laid out Mary is beautiful, yet troubled due to a childhood tragedy she cannot put behind her Believing she is cursed, she cowers away from suitors until she meets an honorable Goliath of a man named George whose powerful presence commands both protection and honor Despite her inner struggles, Mary slowly falls for this giant of a man as she gets to know him and his character.George has recently been shunned by a beautiful woman, and isn t in any hurry to repeat THAT relationship Yet when he meets Mary, a beautifully gracious yet sullen young lady his resolve melts They become acquainted As the relationship grows, George is decidedly not suitable for Mary according to her brother Frederick who is left in control of Mary s future The love relationship becomes complicated as a British soldier looking to further his position and wealth goes after Mary to win her over The diabolic plot thickens as we see what possibly drove George Washington to become an enemy to the British crown as he loses his love to another Mary becomes the wife of Captain Morris, a man she doesn t love when the letters George writes her are hidden away by her controlling brother Frederick Mary believing George has left and will not return makes a tragic mistake.Suitably studied out, and written from research by Mary Calvi, a nine time New York Emmy award winning journalist this is a wonderful historical work I was deeply entrenched in the story, following it from eighteen century high society snobbery with all it s balls, teas and gossip to the bloody battlefields of war Following the plot, the reader delves into a heinous governmental British plot using deceitful tactics to undermine true love After reading this, I can see why George felt the way he did and why he became our first president A very informative book and a story which needed to be told.The book is released on December 3, 2018 Pick it up You won t be sorry flag Like see review Dec 14, 2018 Bethany Swafford rated it really liked it Before he was president, before the fight for freedom began, George Washington was a young man looking for love He found it in Mary Eliza Philipse, a New York heiress, with shadows hanging over her With a love so strong, what happens to keep them apart Before I picked up this book, I was not aware of Mary Philipe s existence I was fascinated that the narrative was pulled from history itself, from the letters exchanged between Mary and George and journals kept by them both Even knowing George Before he was president, before the fight for freedom began, George Washington was a young man looking for love He found it in Mary Eliza Philipse, a New York heiress, with shadows hanging over her With a love so strong, what happens to keep them apart Before I picked up this book, I was not aware of Mary Philipe s existence I was fascinated that the narrative was pulled from history itself, from the letters exchanged between Mary and George and journals kept by them both Even knowing George would marry another, I wanted to see these two, who were so in love, to be happy together.That being said, I found it hard to believe that the separation was key to George Washington s hatred for the British Did it cause resentment, maybe One small reason among many other monumental reason, perhaps Did it spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution I don t think so.Overall, it was an enjoyable read I would recommend it to historical fiction readers who have a taste for fictional tellings based on historical fact I received a copy through NetGalley for reviewing purposes and all opinions expressed are my own flag Like see review Jan 07, 2019 Mary K rated it it was amazing I wasn t sure what to expect when receiving the advance copy of Dear George, Dear Mary Wow I couldn t put it down Such fascinating discoveries about George Washington that surprisingly have gone undiscovered for centuries I was whisked into another era and appreciated Calvi s respect for the time period Great attention was given to historical facts such as clothing, music, food, and social gatherings And while I realize it s historical fiction, I found it exciting thinking these events cou I wasn t sure what to expect when receiving the advance copy of Dear George, Dear Mary Wow I couldn t put it down Such fascinating discoveries about George Washington that surprisingly have gone undiscovered for centuries I was whisked into another era and appreciated Calvi s respect for the time period Great attention was given to historical facts such as clothing, music, food, and social gatherings And while I realize it s historical fiction, I found it exciting thinking these events could have actually happened It was an enjoyable read flag Like see review Nov 21, 2018 Barbara Hall rated it liked it Historical fiction brought to life in a good old fashioned love story, namely that of POTUS 1 and a woman who did not eventually become the First Lady From much research of historical archives and personal journals, Mary Calvi has written of the love between a young George Washington and a New York heiress, Mary Philpse As a bookseller, this will be my go to recommendation when a customer is looking for a good love story Additionally, the historical facts surrounding George and Mary in the Historical fiction brought to life in a good old fashioned love story, namely that of POTUS 1 and a woman who did not eventually become the First Lady From much research of historical archives and personal journals, Mary Calvi has written of the love between a young George Washington and a New York heiress, Mary Philpse As a bookseller, this will be my go to recommendation when a customer is looking for a good love story Additionally, the historical facts surrounding George and Mary in their colonial American lives provide interesting and informative details especially interesting were the epigraphs from Washington s personal journals at the beginning of each chapter For Calvi, this book is clearly a labor of love and provides a new angle to knowing the man who became the first American President flag Like see review Oct 23, 2018 Yvette Corporon rated it it was amazing Lyrically written and thought provoking Mary Calvi had written a beautiful work of historical fiction but this book is so much.I found myself lost in the elegance of her writing and the meticulous attention to detail on every page Dear George, Dear Mary, will transport you to the time of the American Revolution, then will have you questioning everything you ever thought you knew about George Washington and his motives I loved this book, and find Mary s explanation of the American Revol Lyrically written and thought provoking Mary Calvi had written a beautiful work of historical fiction but this book is so much.I found myself lost in the elegance of her writing and the meticulous attention to detail on every page Dear George, Dear Mary, will transport you to the time of the American Revolution, then will have you questioning everything you ever thought you knew about George Washington and his motives I loved this book, and find Mary s explanation of the American Revolution far interesting than the one I learned in school flag Like see review Dec 10, 2018 Kari rated it it was ok I really wanted to like this book I found the descriptions of pre revolutionary society interesting, and I enjoyed learning about the experiences and disciplines that shaped George Washington into a trusted leader.but I had a hard time following the development of George and Mary s relationship The fact that this book is based on their actual letters is very interesting, unfortunately I was unable to follow the story line in a meaningful manner flag Like see review Dec 02, 2018 Nancy Montag rated it it was amazing Mary Calvi takes the reader on an engrossing journey to another time as we learn how George Washington s true love for Mary Philipse helped shape history Dear George, Dear Mary can be appreciated on many levels as a detailed portrait of life in the 1700s, as a well researched account of major historical events, and, as a moving depiction of a great love affair I highly recommend joining Calvi as she shares eye opening revelations on history and a romance for the ages.Nancy flag Like see review Dec 22, 2018 John Castanaro rated it it was amazing This book is a great combination of historical fact woven into an epic tale For me it was a fun and intriguing novel packed with personalized details about one of America s greatest leaders and a love story never told The authentic nature achieved through the use of historical letters and journal entries transports you back in time and allows for a graphic depiction of these fascinating characters flag Like see review Dec 10, 2018 Hope rated it it was amazing I read this novel in a matter of days, it was extremely well written and it took me on an incredible journey, one that I didn t want to end The way that it was written was visually pleasing and made me feel as if I was there, experiencing it all along with Mary and George Everything from the characters to the settings gave it life Bravo to the writer this was a fantastic read and I implore and encourage others to read Dear George, Dear Mary, you will not be disappointed flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Janilyn Kocher rated it liked it When I read the synopsis of this book I was very interested in the story However, as soon as I began the first chapter, it failed to grab me I read the book, but never gained an affinity for the story I was lukewarm to each chapter, hoping my feelings would change, but alas, they didn t, This novel was a miss for me I really liked the cover, though Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Amber Johnson rated it liked it Shelves giveaways I won this book through a Giveaway I love learning about personal information of historical figures beyond the facts that you know I found this story fascinating and it made me want to further research Washington and Mary Eliza Beautifully written A good read for those interested in history flag Like see review Dec 29, 2018 Kristen Olsen rated it it was amazing Oh my What a sweet and endearing story A truly beautiful read A combination of history and love story The wise words of our first President, mixed with poetry You feel as though you are transported back to that time period I had not heard much about Mary Philipse before this story, but now I want to hear about her life It s a must read for history lovers flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Vicky rated it it was amazing A great read flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Ellie rated it it was amazing Highly recommend A fascinating look at Colonial America Who knew heiress Philipse even existed before this flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 G rated it it was amazing Impeccable research of New York in the 1700s flag Like see review Dec 16, 2018 John rated it it was amazing An intriguing look at history I highly recommend flag Like see review Dec 16, 2018 Mj rated it it was amazing A hidden piece of history finally comes to life in this ill fated love story A literary gem Highly recommend flag Like see review Dec 01, 2018 Bob Goodman rated it it was amazing Well done Mary Calvi A great read for history lovers flag Like see review Dec 18, 2018 Sally rated it it was amazing A sweeping account of life in 18th century New York flag Like see review Dec 16, 2018 Lisa Finnegan rated it it was amazing Great historical fiction book flag Like see review Oct 25, 2018 Nicki Markus rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read historical Full review to follow closer to release date.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley flag Like see review Rosie rated it it was amazing Jul 29, 2018 previous 1 2 3 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status 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        As a journalist, MARY CALVI searches for untold stories Never would she have imagined she would find one hidden away for centuries in her hometown and in the grand manor that once belonged to the first love of George Washington This novel is based on what she uncovered through her years of research involving thousands of documents related to George Washington, Mary Eliza Philipse, and other hist As a journalist, MARY CALVI searches for untold stories Never would she have imagined she would find one hidden away for centuries in her hometown and in the grand manor that once belonged to the first love of George Washington This novel is based on what she uncovered through her years of research involving thousands of documents related to George Washington, Mary Eliza Philipse, and other historical figures Calvi is a nine time New York Emmy award winning journalist She is a television news anchor in New York City Mary is also First Lady of the City of Yonkers She serves as a board member of the Hudson River Museum This is her first novel


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    1. Find this and other reviews at I get too far ahead of myself, I want to note that I m in the minority when it comes to Mary Calvi s Dear George, Dear Mary Most readers really loved the time they spent with this book and as such, I hope anyone reading this takes my feedback with a grain of salt.Calvi based this story on a little known chapter of George Washington s life and while I liked the material, I found the thesis difficult to swallow I don Find this and other reviews at I get too far ahead [...]


    2. I have long been fascinated by George Washington So, naturally I was intrigued by the idea of Dear George, Dear Mary Honestly, this was not a story I enjoyed and barely finished I know that George Washington had relationships with women and feelings for at least one before and after his marriage to Martha His relationship with Sally Fairfax is well known However, I was unaware of the existence of Mary Philipse before reading this novel While I appreciate that the author did extensive resea I hav [...]




    3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dear George, Dear Mary This book was so addictive that I couldn t stop reading it Mary Calvi instantly drew me into the story of George and Mary I loved the style, the history and the old time feel of her book I kept anticipating the next page Her creative descriptions helped bring the book to life This was truly an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.


    4. 1756, Yonkers On Hudson, NYMary Eliza Philipse is nervous about the upcoming ball at Philipse Manor She is to celebrate her 21st birthday and 220 guests including the most celebrated colonel of the colonies, George Washington, are to be attending 1753, Fredericksburg, VirginiaGeorge Washington walks alone in wilderness in the early hours of the morning as he is to deliver a letter, he thinks Tis better to be alone than in bad company As a boy, he had written down 110 rules that he had learn 1756 [...]


    5. I have been giving this review a lot of thought From the title and the blurb I expected to actually read letters from to George Washington and from to Mary Philipse therefore I experienced some disappointment that it was not so To be sure, there are snippets here and there but not to the extent I had been looking forward to or had been led to believe The story is enthralling at times and at others I feel left wanting I m not sure if that is because as a woman of our time I want her to n I have [...]


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