"Decency requires the truth and love requires a lie." This was
the moral dilemma Isabella Beecher Hooker faced when brother Henry Ward Beecher,
the most celebrated and famous preacher of the 19th Century, went on
trial for adultery. Isabella chose to take the decency route and this choice
cost her the friendship of her beloved sister, Harriet, who insisted her brother
was innocent of charges. This question is at the heart of this story of two
sisters and how best to serve their love for their brotherthrough loyalty or
The book's action takes place in two days of March 1887. Henry Ward Beecher is dying as the family gathers near and the public waits at his doorstep. But in flashbacks, through the alternating voices of Harriet and Isabella, the reader is taken back to the year 1872 where we come to intimately know the members of this powerful ...
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