Book Review #54: Loving Eleanor

Author: Susan Wittig Albert

Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

Language: English

Publisher: Persevero Press

Date of publication: February 1, 2016

No. Of pages: 244


3300 letters exchanged over thirty years between AP political reporter Lorena ‘Hick’ Hickok and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the wife of the 1932 Democratic presidential candidate reveals a relationship which started on mutual romantic passion and warmed into an enduring, encompassing friendship.


What a book to start your week on!!! When I read the description, my intrigue button was more than tweaked. By the end of the novel, it didn’t even feel like I am reading a fictional account. The build of character and the flow of story definitely lends credibility to the amount of research that has been done by the author, and one must definitely commend her for all her effort.

The characters were very much present in the real world, however the book, in the voice of Lorena Hick, a new picture of Eleanor Roosevelt is revealed; someone who is complex and entirely human woman who is pulled in many directions by her obligations to her husband and family. Her rise to the role of First Lady is profoundly illuminating. The fictional tone has been used to build the relationship between two characters from different spectrum of life; however the bond portrayed gives a unique shade to the world of politics. There is a depth to each character, because of which the reader inevitably creates a bond, and empathizes with the characters. Each character adds a new definition to a ordinary story revolving around politics.

While politics often escapes my dedication and attention, the unique narrative style written with simplicity provides an easy access to a story that is rich and beautiful and easy to understand. The simplicity of the title is reflected throughout the story, and is reflected in the cover image.

My opinion:

A beautiful book that I will personally recommend to every one.

My rating: 5 out of 5



3 thoughts on “Book Review #54: Loving Eleanor

  1. Thank you for this thoughtful, deeply considered review, Ishita. I especially appreciate your comment about the “new picture of Eleanor Roosevelt.” That was the importance of the story for me: an extraordinary woman, seen in a new light. Thank you.

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