In Dear Abigail: the Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters, Author Diane Jacobs chronicles, through their own letters, the lives of Abigail Adams and her two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. This book gives the reader an intimate look into the lives of those who made history in colonial America. Each sister from childhood displays her own independent personality and yet the three were inseparable. Every stage of life is recorded and every emotion expressed as the sisters communicated with each other even though, at times, they were hundreds of miles apart. Their letters reveal something substantive about themselves or events they witnessed. Their opinions were not limited to family, but extended to the world around them. They had no qualms about voicing their thoughts to their husbands concerning the events of State. The sisters were not above getting on each other’s nerves, but no one could deny their fervent love for each other.
I have always loved history, and to read eye-witness accounts of events such as the Boston Tea Party, The Revolutionary War, and the Presidency was fascinating. These women kept homes and farms operating while their husbands fought to make a living or to keep the country afloat. It was worth navigating the language of the period to read such entertaining, informative and, at times, heartbreaking prose. I enjoyed Dear Abigail: the Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters and encourage anyone interested in Colonial America to read the letters of these three extraordinary and independent women whose voices deserve to be heard.
I received a free copy from the publisher for my honest review.