I finally finished reading "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" by Jennifer Chiaverini. I didn't enjoy it although it got better with the last 125 pages or so.
It is the story of Elizabeth Keckley, modiste to Mary Todd Lincoln. It told of her life in and out of the White House, how she was a loyal companion to Mrs. Lincoln and how her life disintegrated after her friendship with Mrs. Lincoln ceased to be.
I think I would have done better to read the book Mrs. Keckley wrote herself.
I am glad I saw it through and finished the book although I will only recommend with reservation.