It has been quite some time since I added a history book to my favorites list, but this book has earned a spot! A fantastic biography of Louisa Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams who lived a fascinating life. From the England of her childhood, to Germany, Russia, France, and the United States, Louisa had experiences with her husband, and without, that could fill up two lifetimes. The author does an outstanding job of using Louisa's writings and diaries to tell her story and show her grow into a confident, intellectual woman who struggled with and overcame multiple miscarriages and the deaths of children and family members. I cannot do this story justice and will simply say that anyone who loves a great story or early American history should read this book.