Springfield. Readers who enjoy historical fiction are those most likely to enjoy Louis Bayard’s novel titled, Courting Mr. Lincoln. Set mostly in Springfield, Illinois, the novel imagines the courtship of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd. Bayard demolishes caricatures of Mary that have endured, and instead presents a lively, savvy, interesting and loving woman with deep political insights. Alongside the courtship story is the tale of Lincoln’s friendship with Joshua Speed. Bayard places readers into the social milieu of Springfield, Illinois to observe the interactions of these three historical characters in context.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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