Becoming Lady Washington

Martha "Patsy" Custis manages an immense eighteenth-century plantation in the Virginia colony. But as a young widow she's hard pressed to balance her business and to care for her two young children. They need a father and protector. She needs a husband and business she can trust, especially now as tensions rise between the motherland and the American colonies. Her experience and education have sustained her thus far but when her life veers in an unexpected direction, she realizes she has so much more to learn.

Colonel George Washington takes an interest in her and she's surprised to find him so sociable and appealing. They form an instant bond and she is certain he'll be a likeable and loving husband and father figure for her children. She envisions a quiet life at Mount Vernon, working together to provide for their extended family.

But when trouble in the form of British oppression, taxes, and royal arrogance leads to revolt and revolution, George must choose between duty to country and Martha. Compelled to take matters into her own hands, Martha must decide whether to remain where she belongs or go with her husband... no matter what the dangerous future may hold.

My Review

To be honest, I am not that familiar with the lady behind the "man". While presidents are important as leaders; the women behind the men are just as important. Martha was important to George.

As a fan of historical reads, I did like this book In the beginning I was invested in the story. My reading mood while reading this book was on and off. There were moments where I was really intrigued and then there were other moments where my mind could easily wander. Overall, through, I did find this a nice read. It gave me a taste of who author, Betty Bolte is as a writer. I would read another one of her books. 

About the Author

Award-winning author Betty Bolté is known for authentic and accurately researched American historical fiction with heart and supernatural romance novels. She’s been published in essays, newspaper and magazine articles, and nonfiction books but now enjoys crafting entertaining and informative fiction. She earned a Master’s Degree in English in 2008, emphasizing the study of literature and storytelling, and has judged numerous writing contests for both fiction and nonfiction. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Historical Novel Society, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Authors Guild. Get to know her at


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