The Secrets of Mary Bowser
August Target Book Club Pick
Based on the true story of one daring woman willing to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.
"A brilliant historical novel . . . a rich, layered story of slavery, of the South and of what it means to fight for what we believe in, no matter the cost."
Shelf Awareness
"Deftly integrating historical research into this gripping tale of adventure, love, and national conflict, Leveen brings Mary to life and evenhandedly reveals the humanity on both sides of America's deadliest war."
Publishers Weekly
"Masterfully written ... Balancing fire and grace, the story is an ethical journey we won't soon forget, one that takes us from hatred to courage to love."

— Brunonia Barry, best-selling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places
"A captivating novel . . . Mary's world is nuanced and complicated. . . the reader is thoroughly drawn into it."
The Oregonian
"Beautifully written . . . a gripping book."
The Toronto Star
"Told with clarity, confidence, and courage . . . A riveting and powerful book."

— Naseem Rakha, best-selling author of The Crying Tree
"This book has 'best seller' written all over it. The Secrets of Mary Bowser is not only fascinating reading, but also historical fiction of the highest caliber."
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Packed with drama, intrigue, love, loss, and, most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine who forges her own destiny. What a treat!"

— Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
"Deftly balancing history, romance and adventure, Leveen honors the life and historical importance of a brave, resourceful woman."

Kirkus Review
Written with immense heart, an illuminating and inspiring tale of injustice and courage, friendship and war.
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