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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,491 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743582728
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Mount Vernon Love Story was the first novel written by Mary Higgins Clark, the bestselling author of twenty-two novels that have made her Ameria's Queen of Suspense.


The role of leader came naturally to George Washington, the man revered as "the father of his Country." But when it came to the social aspects of life in the mid-18th century, he was both awkward and insecure. It was only through the love of a woman that he found the happiness that gave real meaning to his life.

In matters of the heart, Washington initially stumbles when he falls in love with Sally Wilcox, his best friend's young bride. But Sally is understanding, and sets out to teach George the art of social graces. When he finds himself attracted to Martha Custis -- a young widow with two children -- he summons the courage to ask her to marry him.

As depicted by Clark, their marriage was not without conflict. Their love was strong, and it endured long months of separation and the many dangers that Washington's role as leader of the Army entailed. At the end of his long career, when he and Martha return to Mount Vernon, the fire of their love burns just as brightly as when he took her there as his new bride.

Charming, insightful, and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America's legendary figures, Mount Vernon Love Story brings alive the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood, and passion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a light read that completists will devour, and that Clark’s other fans may appreciate simply because it's a different bill of fare.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The narration contributes and even elevates the experience of Clark's early novel.” 

    Audiofile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/20/2014

    " Very sweet, historically accurate story of George & Martha "Patsy" Washington. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly Sievert | 2/20/2014

    " A very interesting take on our first president and his relationship with his wife. It was a pleasent read and really showed the difference in courting and marriage in the past vs. what it's like now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 2/14/2014

    " A swift, light read packed with accurate, historical information. I. Loved. This. Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/14/2014

    " I loved this book! Highly recomended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amerydbaker | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed learning some history about Martha and George and their relationship. I felt a little like the author presented only the flowers and skimmed over the weeds. This caused their relationship, as portrayed in the book, to seem fake. I wanted more. More about his life as a general or his life as the first president. I had to step back and remind myself, that it was supposed to be about Martha and George only. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marty Wilde | 1/28/2014

    " This book is so different for Mary Hggins Clark. She offers very little information about George and Martha Washington and their family. I was disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Loveless | 1/25/2014

    " a wonderful part of history that is written so well that it read easily and the attention that my history teacher never seemed to tap into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 1/22/2014

    " Great love story about one of my favorite historical figures, George Washington. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrah | 1/19/2014

    " I thought it was interesting to get a more personal view of George and Martha Washington. But you can tell this was the author's first book, and I didn't care for the continuous flashback set-up of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa T | 12/28/2013

    " I couldn't decide how much of this was true or not...that said, it was interesting and entertaining. I think I need to read more about George Washington, and if nothing else this book made me want to do that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/22/2013

    " Interesting information, a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/18/2013

    " A quick, easy read. It was enjoyable to "see" the personal side of George Washington since most of what I know of him came from high school history classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 12/14/2013

    " I don't usually like or read her books, but I loved this one. When I finished the book, I was wanting it to bee 300 pages longer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary R | 11/15/2013

    " Historical fiction. As it says. A fictionalized version of the live and love of Martha and George. Best way to learn history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimber | 11/12/2013

    " This was a book club book...It was a nice story. I'm embarrassed to say I don't really know all that much about George Washington. This story humanized him and gave me insight about his love for his wife and of his home Mount Vernon, a beautiful place I have had the privilege of visiting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callie | 11/6/2013

    " I really loved the insight that this book gave me into the life of our first president, and his wife. Their love story is legendary and I really like how Mary Higgins Clark writes it. This book made me want to learn more about George and Martha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamilah | 10/29/2013

    " A painless way to learn more about history. Written for maybe 6th-grade readers, it was a pretty quick, interesting read about George Washington and his relationship with his wife Martha, as well as brief descriptions of other events in his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 10/27/2013

    " I loved this book. I read the series "Prelude To Glory" about George Washington and the Revolutionary War and this just added such a personal touch to such a great man. His life was such a mixture of challenges and blessings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/31/2013

    " Pleasant story. Easy read. Light and enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 5/14/2013

    " Gave some insightful information to the story of George and Martha (Patsy) Washington. Enjoyed learning all the little tidbits of information. Made him seem like a real person instead of just a great Commander and President of the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley Stein | 12/18/2012

    " I received this book as a Christmas present many years ago. I liked the manner in which love and affection was restrained from public view, but still displayed in private. I think in some way I wish it were still like that a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duncanhome | 11/25/2012

    " Interesting historical novel. I learned a lot about George Washington and his wife. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 10/14/2012

    " This was a light, quick, sweet read. It was a very nice insight into the relationship between them, which closely mirrors the way it is presented at Mount Vernon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/17/2012

    " This was Mary Higgins Clark's first novel, published in 1968, and then released again in 2002. It weaves a love story around researched events, dates, scenes, and people. It is a quick read, and I enjoyed reading it while I'm reading more weighty histories of Washingon right now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tony | 8/13/2012

    " George Washington's love life. Need i say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Overson | 6/5/2012

    " One of my early MHC reads, and got me hooked "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabatha | 4/7/2012

    " I loved reading this on G.W's birthday. What a treat! Not at all like MHC's usual novels which actually was fine with me. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Klinges | 1/26/2012

    " I became a fan of Mary Higgins Clark through her suspense novels, but decided to read this anyway, and actually enjoyed it a lot. The way she blended fact and fiction was wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shg | 10/3/2011

    " An interesting read about GW and his personal life. Not particularly well-written but informative and light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 5/11/2011

    " Special insites into the character of this beloved American first couple. They were well matched to compliment one another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 5/5/2011

    " (BC) Good read. It was interesting what events were selected out of George Washington's the author included. Kind of surprised me in that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 4/14/2011

    " This is a very sweet biography about Martha and George Washington but also very interesting. I was very interested to know more about one of our most influential presidents. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mslogar | 3/24/2011

    " okay read, not sure how I felt about the relationship between George and Sally.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2011

    " This is probably the least favorite book of mine by this author. The writing is wonderful but I am just not a fan of reading about George Washington and that era in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 2/7/2011

    " Did not like the style of writing. She jumped around in time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 2/3/2011

    " I read this because I was told it was awesomely bad. I was rightly informed. Good story line and makes an excellent airplane book. There is so much good material here and so much more could have been done with it, it almost makes me sad, but then I remember it's Mary Higgins Clark... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 2/2/2011

    " I loved this book. I read the series "Prelude To Glory" about George Washington and the Revolutionary War and this just added such a personal touch to such a great man. His life was such a mixture of challenges and blessings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/1/2011

    " An interesting bit of history without the textbook feel. It's fun to have insight into such a famous person and also a great one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/25/2011

    " THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE LOVE STORIES OF ALL TIMES. THIS IS ABOUT GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 1/11/2011

    " Special insites into the character of this beloved American first couple. They were well matched to compliment one another. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark’s books are worldwide bestsellers. In the US alone, her books have sold over one hundred million copies. She is the author of over thirty suspense novels and coauthor, with her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark, of five holiday suspense novels. She was chosen by Mystery Writers of America as Grand Master of the 2000 Edgar Awards. An annual Mary Higgins Clark Award sponsored by Simon & Schuster, to be given to authors of suspense fiction writing in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition, was launched by Mystery Writers of America during Edgars week in April 2001. She was the 1987 president of Mystery Writers of America and, for many years, served on their board of directors. In May 1988, she was chairman of the International Crime Congress.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.