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Helen Captin Grimm grew up in Cleveland Ohio. Her family survived the depression. The flaming redhead was interested in writing and believed that members of her family were direct descendants of George Washington. This quest for a connection became her avocation. She married Victor Grimm and they had two daughters, Jeanette Grimm Wood and Elinor Grimm Luse. Both girls shared their mother's love of history.
Mrs. Grimm taught at Cleveland College. She continued her research about George Washington, traveling to Virginia among other places to do research. Her novel took years of research and rewrites on her old Royal typewriter. During this time she also had two books of poetry published, Different Patterns and Tall White Candles, as well as several short stories. It is her older daughter, Elinor, who has brought to fruition, this project, her mother's dream. This could not have been accomplished without the help and editing of Witt Wittmann when she was working on a research project at the school where Witt was teaching. Without this assistance Mrs. Grimm's dream would not be a reality today.
on Dec. 13, 2013 :
This is the first time I've come across a historical romance featuring George Washington and Sally Fairfax. I was intrigued, bought it and was glad I did. The author has written an imaginative and compelling story. George Washington twenty years old is personable, intelligent, forthright and well respected by is society, albeit a little naïve and ruff around the edges when he falls in love with the sophisticated, beautiful and intellectually bright Sally, married to his best friend William Fairfax. Ms. Grimm recounts the relationship, chaste or not, over a twenty year period as George starts his career as a purveyor, takes a commission in the Army, marries Martha Curtis and starts to become the great man he is destined to be while keeping Sally in his heart.
The author does a fine job explaining their thoughts and motives, the effects the relationship had not only on their lives but those of their spouses and friends keeping in mind the mores of the time.
The book is well written, interesting, enjoyable and a quick read. The author writes with a gentle pen, an accomplishment for a new writer. If you like historical fiction, romance, or you are a history buff you may want to read this book. Enjoy it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)