Loving Eleanor

Loving Eleanor

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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When A.P. political reporter Lorena Hickok—Hick—is assigned to cover Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the wife of the 1932 Democratic presidential candidate, the two women become deeply, intimately involved. Their relationship begins with mutual romantic passion, matures through stormy periods of enforced separation and competing interests, and warms into an enduring, encompassing friendship that ends only with both women's deaths in the 1960s—all of it documented by 3,300 letters exchanged over 30 years. Now, New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert recreates the fascinating story of Hick and Eleanor, set during the chaotic years of the Great Depression, the New Deal and the Second World War. Loving Eleanor is Hick's personal story, revealing Eleanor as a complex, contradictory and entirely human woman who is pulled in many directions by her obligations to her husband and family and her role as the nation's First Lady, as well as by a compelling need to care and be cared for. For her part, Hick is revealed as an accomplished journalist, who, at the pinnacle of her career, gives it all up for the woman she loves. Then, as Eleanor is transformed into Eleanor Everywhere, First Lady of the World, Hick must create her own independent, productive life. Drawing on extensive research in the letters that were sealed for a decade following Hick's death, Albert creates a compelling narrative: a dramatic love story, vividly portraying two strikingly unconventional women, neither of whom is satisfied to live according to the script society has written for her. Loving Eleanor is a profoundly moving novel that illuminates a relationship we are seldom privileged to see and celebrates the depth and durability of women's love.
Publisher: Bertram, TX : Persevero Press, 2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: BiblioLabs

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Feb 25, 2018

This is the story of the stages of love that lead to a life-long friendship. It is written from Lorena Hickok's point of view and I loved her voice. The characters are well drawn and convincing. The novel is polished prose and well edited—no confusion, no words that are out of place because spell check change a typo to the incorrect word. The naration in beautiful, and flows so easily that pages go by as effortlessly as eating gellato. It is sensitive and kind. The blend of narative, dialog, and quotes from letters is well ballanced and seamless. What I learned that was new to me was how shy Eleanor was before she became first lady. I only knew her as the personage she built while first lady.

TSCPL_LissaS Nov 30, 2016

In 1962, an intimate memoir is penned in secret with instructions that it be sealed until ten years after the death of the writer—along with 3,000-plus letters she exchanged with Eleanor Roosevelt over four decades. Reporter Lorena “Hick” Hickok is assigned to cover Eleanor during her husband’s presidential campaign in 1932. Hick struggles to stay out of the story as she falls in love with Eleanor and helps create the public persona of the new first lady. For two passionate years, their private relationship is affected by Eleanor’s high-profile duties, the need to avoid media exposure, and FDR’s jealousy. The escalation toward war is neatly foreshadowed, with a historical backdrop of well-known people and events behind the envy, longing, disappointment, and hope shared throughout the lifelong bond between these two admirable women. A historical afterword separates deeply researched facts from fictional assumptions. Albert deftly writes in Hick’s compelling and opinionated voice and conveys an emotional vantage point that will resonate strongly with romance fans. The happy ending is not traditional. Rather it is found in Hick allowing herself to share her love story at all.

Jul 04, 2016

A worthy historic fiction! Lorena Hickok, an ambitious female reporter, finds a place in Eleanor Roosevelt's life during a time when women were emerging in the 1930's. The author takes us through the relationship between the two at a time when FDR held four terms in office, the Great Depression was having it's affects, racism was rampant, and eventually Pearl Harbor was bombed, Hitler started his crusade, and the NY World's Fair was offering the future.
It's the telling of a story that has it's roots in balancing secretism and freedom to express love to a woman, ER, who was in the spotlight and committed to so much that she was called
The First Lady of the World.
Lorena Hick was an accomplished reporter and historic author and Susan Wittig Albert does an outstanding job to bring breadth to the telling.

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