by Jennifer Chiaverini


Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave, was Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante. Elizabeth bought her freedom before the Civil War started.  I found the idea of the story a fascinating one. Was Mrs. Keckley a real person? Are all those stories about Mrs. Lincoln's mental illness accurate?  I learned more about the Civil War than I thought I wanted to know, and learned a lot more about Mary Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley which made me more curious about  how their friendship grew and their lives intertwined.  I gave this book two stars because the book left me unfulfilled somehow, and I just can't put my finger on  why I feel that way. Though  I complained that I hated this book the entire time I was listening to it, I couldn't stop. I had to see how it ended. 


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