The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr



Inspired by a woman and events forgotten by history, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott weaves together carefully researched fact and fiction to tell the story of Mary Emmons, and the place she held in the life-and the heart-of the notorious Aaron Burr.

He was a hero of the Revolution, a brilliant politician, lawyer, and very nearly president; a skillful survivor in a raw new country filled with constantly shifting loyalties. Today Aaron Burr is remembered more for the fatal duel that killed rival Alexander Hamilton. But long before that single shot destroyed Burr's political career, there were other dark whispers about him: that he was untrustworthy, a libertine, a man unafraid of claiming whatever he believed should be his.

Sold into slavery as a child in India, Mary Emmons was brought to an America torn by war. Toughened by the experiences of her young life, Mary is intelligent, resourceful, and strong. She quickly gains the trust of her new mistress, Theodosia Prevost, and becomes indispensable in a complicated household filled with intrigue-especially when the now-widowed Theodosia marries Colonel Aaron Burr. As Theodosia sickens with the fatal disease that will finally kill her, Mary and Burr are drawn together into a private world of power and passion, and a secret, tangled union that would have shocked the nation . . .

Praise for I, Eliza Hamilton

"Scott's devotion to research is evident . . . a rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple."
-Library Journal

"Readers will be captivated."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Packed with political and historical as well as domestic details."

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
September 24, 2019
5.5 X 1.4 X 8.1 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Susan Holloway Scott is the author of over fifty historical novels. Writing under several pen names, she has received numerous awards and critical acclaim for her bestselling books. Over three million copies of her books are in print, and her work has been published in nineteen foreign countries and translated into fourteen different languages.

A frequent speaker at museums, colleges, and historical sites, Susan also maintains a world-wide following on social media through her blog, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia. For more information about Susan and her books, visit her website at


Praise for The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

"Scott's deeply empathetic heroine is sure to keep readers hooked; both her inner strength and the strength of her relationships...elevate and anchor the story....A moving and vivid work of historical fiction."
--Publishers Weekly

"Impressive research, details and an unforgettable cast of characters lead by a woman of courage and spirit spark a story infused with heart. Highly recommended."
--Eileen Charbonneau, The Historical Novels Review

"Scott has created a memorable protagonist whose persistence and courage are often inspiring."
--Library Journal

Praise for Susan Holloway Scott's I, Eliza Hamilton:

"Scott's devotion to research is evident . . . a rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple."
--Library Journal

"Readers will be captivated."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Packed with political and historical as well as domestic details."

"I, Eliza Hamilton is going to be your next Hamilton obsession."

"With the recent popularity of Alexander Hamilton comes the much-deserved interest in his wife, Eliza. . . . This piece of historical fiction tells the true story of Eliza Hamilton in a narrative that captures both her kindness and strength."
--Gillian Pensavalle, The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast

"While you're waiting for Hamilton tickets, or if you're obsessed with American history, this is the book to read. Scott . . . brings a fascinating woman and tumultuous era to full-fledged life."
--RT Book Reviews