The Spymistress

The Spymistress

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini Book Review “The Spymistress” by Jennifer Chiaverini is a very well researched historical novel based on the life of civil war heroine Elizabeth Van Lew. Even though she was born to a wealthy slave holding family in Richmond, Virginia, “Lizzie” held very strong Union sympathies and dedicated herself to caring […]

Mrs. Grant & Madame Julie

Mrs. Grant & Madame Julie

Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie by Jennifer Chiaverini Book Review “Mrs. Grant & Madame Julie” by Jennifer Chiaverini is historical fiction based on the life of Mrs. Grant, the wife of Ulysses S. Grant, and her slave Jule. A Missouri belle, Julie Grant rose to the pinnacle of Washington society as First Lady. Unbeknownst to […]