I’m taking a break from mystery/suspense in favor of early American history, halfway through with America’s First Ladies, published by the White House Historic Association.
It’s amazing the hardships these women endured that would break just about anyone. For instance, there is an organization called Compassionate Friends that offers support for those bereaved of a child.
Yet in the 18th Century & 19th Centuries, death of sometimes multiple children in one families was nothing unexpected. Illnesses that ended the lives of a few, like tb (most likely the 8th FLOTUS, Hannah Van Buren), & pneumonia (#21 Ellen Arthur) are not as frequent in the U S (tb), with pneumonia more treatable.
These women didn’t strictly manage households & entertain at the White House, but had various talents & experience from outside jobs pre marriage, from working in a bank to teaching.
Another interesting one for those interested in criminal justice in the colonies is by Deborah Navas, “Murdered by his Wife”. It’s about Bathsheba Spooner, the first woman to be hung in Worcester, MA.
It’s an interesting account of how trials were conducted & how her father’s being a Loyalist may have influenced the verdict. Also provided a look at why an adulteress pregnant with another’s baby would have had option zero in the colonies as divorce was forbidden & such a woman publicly flogged.