IN WINTER WE FLOURISH: Life and Letters of Sarah Worthington King Peter 1800-1877 by Anna McAllister

IN WINTER WE FLOURISH: Life and Letters of Sarah Worthington King Peter 1800-1877

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here is a book that might readily secure a double market, the Catholic, because in her day the foremost Catholic woman in this country, and the public, with a sonservative and somewhat snobbish preference for books dealing with personalities in the social inner circle, to which Mrs. Peter indubitably belonged, from her childhood on. Her father, both husbands, and her son all played important parts in the nation's political development, serving in the nation's capital, in diplomatic posts, in the governorship of Ohio. As daughter of Thomas Worthington and wife of Rufus King, she inherited the best traditions of early Ohio, and names to conjure with, even today, among those to whom Ohio history and society are an open book. Her biography spans the development of Cincinnati, and includes intimate glimpses into social and political life there and elsewhere. The War of 1812, the Civil War -- and in Europe, the revolutions of 1848 and the Franco-Prussian War and the struggles toward a united political state of Italy -- all played a part in a life that was filled to overflowing. The last third of the book is closely tied up with her conversion to Catholicism, after her second husband's death, and her courageous, indomitable spirit of service to the church she had adopted, and the years of struggle to finance, through titled ranks in Europe, and establish various sisterhoods for work among the poor and needy of not only Cincinnati but other parts of the country. There is vitally interesting material. Unfortunately, the style seems dated, and frequently amateurish. But the content will attract those who liked Roman Spring and de Chambrun's Cincinnati.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1939
Publisher: Longmans Green