Courting Mr. Lincoln

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Title:Courting Mr. Lincoln
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781616208479
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:381 pages

From the prizewinning author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr. Lincoln, the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed.
When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one's shortlist to be president. Rough and reticent, he’s a country lawyer lacking money and manners, living above a dry goods shop, but with a gift for oratory. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with a tireless interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma. “I can only hope,” she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, “that his waters being so very still, they also run deep.”

It’s not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: a man who, despite his awkwardness, is amiable and profound, with a gentle wit to match his genius and a respect for her keen political mind. But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield.

Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and rich with historical detail, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents.

Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.


    Courting Mr. Lincoln Reviews

  • Angela M

    I really haven’t read much about Mary Todd Lincoln, but any anything that I have read or any movie I’ve seen about her portrays her as the grieving mother, suffering depression at the loss of a ch...

  • Larry H

    Having lived not too far from his memorial for more than 30 years, Abraham Lincoln is definitely one former president I think of fairly often. Daniel Day-Lewis' masterful, Academy Award-winning portra...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Oh, how charming this read is! A favorite! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ In 1840, Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln meet for the first time. At the moment, Abe’s not on anyone’s presidential radar. Instead, he ...

  • Diane S ?

    My goodness, I think im turning into an emotional willy nilly! I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Abraham Lincoln. When asked that question, who would you want to meet, dead or alive? Linco...

  • Carol

    "Men don't always know what they need. That's why God made women." COURTING MR. LINCOLN is a work of historical fiction, and an entertaining read, but not quite what I was expecting. In a nutshell, I...

  • Marialyce

    Going into my DNF file. I just could not reconcile myself to the veiled innuendoes that Lincoln was possibly a homosexual. I know I am probably the only one who thinks that there should be some areas ...

  • OLT

    (4.5 stars) There's always been something about Mary Todd that history has chosen to dislike or take issue with. She was a shrew, difficult to live with, out of control, insane, made Lincoln's life a ...

  • Faith

    I had two fears before I started this book. First, I was afraid that this would turn out to be a romance novel, in which case I would have abandoned it immediately. Second, I was afraid that this woul...

  • Gina

    As a lover of all things regarding the Lincolns, I greatly enjoyed this book, a fictional account about the slow-growing love affair between one poor (and poorly groomed), intelligent, lanky, young, A...

  • Emma

    I really enjoyed this as a work of historical fiction and I’m also wondering how much of it IS fiction. I don’t know much about Abraham Lincoln and I felt very sorry for Mary Todd . I am looking f...