Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray tells the story of Mary Anna Custis Lee and Selena Norris Gray. Mary is the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, and the only living child of George Washington Parke Custis and Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis. She lives with her parents at the family home, Arlington. Selina is one of Arlington’s slaves, the daughter of Leonard and Sally Norris. The story is told, alternately, in each woman’s point of view, sometimes allowing the reader to see an event through the eyes of Mary and Selina both.
I really enjoyed reading this, and thought the writing was excellent. I have a fondness for historical fiction, and American history is an area of particular interest for me, as well. I’d never heard of Selina Gray before reading this book, which is astounding considering what she did. Left in charge of Arlington after Mary and her children fled their home after the start of the Civil War, it was Selina who prevented the loss of all the George Washington heirlooms hidden inside the house.
This is the first book I’ve ever read by Dorothy Love, but I’m interested in reading more of her work in the future.
I received an advance review copy of this book via Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Dorothy Love
Title: Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray
Genre: Historical Fiction
Expected publication:6/14/2016 by Thomas Nelson Fiction