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Originally published in 1969 under the title Aspire to the Heavens, this slim, muted historical romance is the long-out-of-print debut by America's reigning queen of suspense. As the quasi-biographical novel opens, George Washington is preparing to attend the inauguration of his successor, John Adams; Clark, employing inelegant but efficient transitional techniques (Adams's "rather flat nasal voice seemed to become more clipped and sharp-toned.... It became his mother's voice"), quickly moves the narrative back to George's boyhood. The temporal seesaw continues as she juxtaposes George's trials (his mean mother, his unrequited love for a friend's wife) and triumphs (his land acquisitions, his bravery in battle) with his reflections on the state of the union in the novel's 1797 present. But her focus remains on the domestic (a French and Indian ambush at the Monongahela River in 1755 is rendered with far less care and credibility than scenes of George's skill on the dance floor) and the emotional (George's "mantle of leadership" concerns him much less than the naughtiness of his stepson). What passes for a driving narrative force is George's slow transfer of affection from the beautiful, charismatic Sally Carey to the small, "pretty widow" Martha (known as Patsy) Custis he married, and then the growing bond between "my old man" and "my dearest Patsy." Though it can be argued that Clark's tale is neither sufficiently historical nor romantic and it's definitely "not a suspense story," as Clark allows in a brief prefatory note this is a light read that completists will devour, and that Clark's other fans may appreciate simply because it's a different bill of fare.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Clark launched her career in 1968 with this historical romance, published as Aspire to the Heavens. The plot follows George Washington as he exits the White House after his presidency. Clark is more interested in Washington the husband than the nation's leader, and this focuses on his sometimes bumpy marriage to Martha. Higgins has the Midas touch, so even though this isn't a thriller, fans will want to read it.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
so cool to read and get to know President Washington and Martha on a different levelPublished 23 days ago by Folly Mom
As a starter novel for MHC, this book shows her attention for research. The skeleton of Washington's life and his life with Martha "Patsy" Washington is here but definitely... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cabin Dweller
Great story. I learned a few new facts about the Washingtons. Very enjoyable and entertaining. Book was in new condition and arrived ahead of expected date. Would recommend.Published 1 month ago by Lynn
One of the authors early books and delightful person view of George and Martha.Published 2 months ago by J. L. Garcia
Ms Higgins knows how to hold your attention to the very ending. Loved all of it.Published 3 months ago by Jane August, Author
Ms. Clark seems out of her depth tackling a historical subject. Stick to your whodunits, honey!Published 3 months ago by Rina Sahay