"Mary Higgins Clark's interest in George Washington was first sparked by a radio series she was writing in the 1960s, called "Portrait of a Patriot, " vignettes of American presidents." "Always a lover of history, she wrote this biographical novel - her first book - and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, which was the family motto of George Washington's mother. With all events, dates, scenes and characters based on historical research, the book was published in 1969." "Its recent discovery by a Washington family descendent led to its reissue under its new title, Mount Vernon Love Story."--BOOK JACKET.
A lot of research went into this book. And I learned a lot about one of the founding fathers of the USA. The book is a charming and quick read. You almost are left with the thought of yearning for a few more chapters. It made me want to look further into George Washington's life and career.
I was impressed by how the historical facts were correct but the romantic side was just not there for me. I read in the biography, [The World of George Washington] by [[Richard M Ketchum]] that Washington did not keep his personal correspondence. Many historians have pieced his personal life together through other peoples' letters. Knowing this distracted me from liking this book too much.
For a debut novel, I really thought this book was excellent. I love reading people's biographies and become really immersed in the time periods that are portrayed. I think it was truly a harsh time for both George and Martha Washington as well as for the country as a whole. I give this book an A+!