Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

By Jennifer Chiaverini

Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525954286, 419pp.

Publication Date: January 14, 2014

The" New York Times" bestselling author of "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker "and "Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule," Jennifer Chiaverini, reveals the famous First Lady's very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague, memorialized as one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society. ("Providence Journal")
Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights.
Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father in Washington society and as a future presidential candidate. Her efforts were successful enough that "The Washington Star" declared her the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.
None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other. When Kate Chase married William Sprague, the wealthy young governor of Rhode Island, it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance. The First Lady was not.
Jennifer Chiaverini excels at chronicling the lives of extraordinary yet littleknown women through historical fiction. What she did for Elizabeth Keckley in "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker "and for Elizabeth Van Lew in "The Spymistress" she does for Kate Chase Sprague in "Mrs. Lincoln's Rival.

About the Author
Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, five collections of quilt projects, and "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker", her most recent historical novel. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

Praise For Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

Praise for Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

"History is front and center here...this solid effort won't disappoint." - Booklist

Praise for Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker:

“Jennifer Chiaverini imagines the First Lady’s most private affairs through the eyes of an unlikely confidante.”
Harper’s Bazaar on Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

“History—and its colorful characters—come alive.”
USA Today on Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

"Required reading."
New York Post on Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

“Any reader interested in President Lincoln, Civil War history, or historical fiction should love this book.” on Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

“Taking readers through times of war and peace as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary woman, the author brings Civil War Washington to vivid life through her meticulously researched, authentic detail. Chiaverini’s characters are compelling and accurate; the reader truly feels drawn into the intimate scenes at the White House.”
Library Journal on Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker