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Aspire to the Heavens

Aspire to the Heavens

(1960)
(Mount Vernon Love Story)
A novel by

 


Charming, insightful and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America's legendary figures, Mount Vernon Love Story, by famed suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark, shows the reader the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood and passion, and in the author's skilled hands, the story and the man come fully and dramatically alive.


Mary Higgins Clark's interest in George Washington was first sparked by a radio series she was writing in the 1960s, called "Portrait of a Patriot," vignettes of American presidents.

Always a lover of history, she wrote this biographical novel -- her first book -- and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, which was the family motto of George Washington's mother. With all events, dates, scenes and characters based on historical research, the book was published in 1969.

Its recent discovery by a Washington family descendent led to its reissue under its new title, Mount Vernon Love Story.

In researching George Washington's life, Mary Higgins Clark was surprised to find the engaging man behind the pious legend. He was a giant of a man in every way, starting with his physical height. In an era when men averaged five foot seven inches, he towered over everyone at six foot three. He was the best dancer in the colony of Virginia. He was also a master horseman, which was why the Indians gave him their highest compliment: "He rides his horse like an Indian."

She dispels the widespread belief that although George Washington married an older woman, a widow, his true love was Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend's wife. Martha Dandridge Custis was older, but only by three months -- she was twenty-seven to his twenty-six when they met. Mary Higgins Clark describes their relationship from their first meeting, their closeness and his tenderness toward her two children. Martha shared his life in every way, crossing the British lines to join him in Boston and enduring with him the bitter hardship of the winter in Valley Forge. As Lady Bird Johnson was never called Claudia, Martha Washington was never known as Martha. Her family and friends called her Patsy. George always called her "my dearest Patsy" and wore a locket with her picture around his neck.

In Mount Vernon Love Story, Mary Higgins Clark tells the story of a rare marriage and brings to life the human side of the man who became the "father of our country."

 
Used availability for Mary Higgins Clark's Aspire to the Heavens


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Hardback Editions

July 2002 : Hardback
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0743233808 / 9780743233804 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

June 2002 : Hardback
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0743229878 / 9780743229876 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

January 2002 : Hardback
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0931917409 / 9780931917400 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mount Vernon Ladies Association
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

2002 : Hardback
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0739427571 / 9780739427576 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

January 1986 : Library Binding
Title: Aspire to the Heavens
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0899665330 / 9780899665337 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

June 2003 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0743448944 / 9780743448949 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

June 2002 : Audio Cassette
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0743522885 / 9780743522885 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   Amazon CA   

June 2002 : Audio CD
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 0743522877 / 9780743522878 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 1993 : Audio Cassette
Title: Aspire to the Heavens
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark
ISBN: 1558006869 / 9781558006867 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dove Entertainment Inc
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : Kindle edition
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2002 : Kindle edition
Title: Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
Author(s): Mary Higgins Clark

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   

 


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