by Susan Wittig Albert
I have long been a fan of this author’s China Bayles mystery series. Here she branches out into historical fiction telling the story of Eisenhower and his love affair with Kay Summersby.
At the time, Eisenhower was, of course, married to Mamie. He was in Britain because of the war and former model Kay was his assigned driver. This novel vividly imagines and brings to life their attraction to one another during times of great stress and their becoming involved with each other.
This book is titled The General’s Women because, of course it tells the story of what Mamie’s life was like as well. It was not easy. Eisenhower’s own perspective is also included.
Readers may well know which relationship Eisenhower ultimately chooses. This will not interfere with their absorption in this story.
The title covers the war but also the time after it as Eisenhower seeks a number of positions.
Fans of historical fiction, give this book a look. It makes for a good read.
Kudos to Albert for doing her research and bringing this story to life.