Despite being a work of fiction, Beatrice Cayzer places you at the moment in The Secret Diary of Mrs. John Quincy Adams. President John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States, married English-born Louisa Johnson two years after proposing. Adams attempted not to marry Louisa, a 22-year-old spinster who had come with a false promised dowry and a secret from her past. After the couple said their “I Do’s,” they embarked on a rocky but steadfast marriage lasting 50 years.
The award-winning author Cayer, shows the couple’s relationship unfold throughout the years. In The Secret Diary of Mrs. John Quincy Adams, you hear Louisa’s strenuous voice from the pages of her personal diary. She does not hide any details about her journeys, struggles, and hard work. Louisa put intense effort into fighting slavery and helping American women eventually have the ability to vote. Both of the Adams battled depression and demons while in the White House. Louise struggled with her role as First Lady, often criticized her husband, and was reclusive. She had endured twelve complicated pregnancies, only having four children, three of whom she outlived. Despite their difficulties, Adams’ challenges brought them together where they had a late amorous relationship. The blissful heights the Adams reached late in their marriage have been reflected in President Adams’ diaries.
The Secret Diary of Mrs. John Quincy Adams gives a glimpse into the work it takes to learn to put love into every word and action. Cayzer shows in this book that Louisa does find her true self. After being a crusader against slavery and fighting for women’s voting rights, Louisa fought to protect women from abusive husbands. The Secret Diary of Mrs. John Quincy Adams gives you a look at a remarkable yet troubled woman’s life. Despite suffering such loss and heartache, Cayzer demonstrates how Louisa rose above every difficulty.
Finalist Chanticleer Book Awards for Historical Fiction