Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters is a fascinating biography written from a decade’s worth of research. Author Diane Jacobs chronicles former First Lady Abigail Adams’ life, as well as the activities of her two beloved sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody. The book includes scores of captivating letters and journal entries from the trio.
Abigail had a front seat to many historical events and I loved reading about her experiences during the Revolutionary War, in Europe, and as the First Lady of the United States. The lives of her two sisters are interesting in their own right and provide detailed accounts of life during America’s Revolutionary Period. The women frequently shared their unique insights and views about politics, religion, and women’s rights. I recommend reading Dear Abigail because it is a well-written, comprehensive, and easy to follow biography.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ballantine Books
Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation, 1 derogatory name.
Violence/Gore: Second hand reports of violence involving the battles of the Revolutionary War, mobs and fights with Native Americans; a few non-detailed scenes of violent death involving the Boston Massacre, French Revolution and war battles.
Sex/Nudity: Several sexual references and implied incidents of sexual activity.
Mature Subject Matter:
War, death of family members, racism, politics, religion, slavery.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Several characters are alcoholics and perish from their excessive drinking; mention of characters smoking and drinking; mention of a man “smelling of rum”.