Ok, that’s not the title of the book I’m recommending this week, but it could be. Yesterday, here in America, we had our annual President’s Day. It’s a national holiday that sadly most of American’s associate with a long weekend, a day to go skiing, an extra day away from school, a day to sleep in, etc. Not too many spend time actually remembering or thinking about our leaders.
I decided to at least spend a few hours reading about one of our past Presidents, Andrew Jackson. He was not one of our most popular or one of my favorite, yet his wife, Rachel Donelson Jackson, is a woman to be remembered. She, in my opinion, was the backbone of this great man.
In this novel, “The President’s Lady”, the narrative is through the eyes, mind, and heart of Rachel Jackson. Is it romantic? Yes, its told through the heart of a woman. Is it truthful? Yes, it’s told through the eyes of a woman. Is it historical? Yes, it’s written, thoroughly researched and carefully thought out by Irving Stone. I don’t know what more you could ask for in a great novel.
I found this book to be historically accurate, politically entertaining, and heartbreaking all at the same time. By getting into the soul of Rachel Donelson Jackson, Irving Stone was able to teach us about our history in a heartbreaking, emotional sense. I came away with new reverence towards the women who quietly and yet firmly have shaped our country.