Book Review | Clover Adams

Title: Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life

Author: Natalie Dykstra

My Review:

This book is a biography on the wife of Henry Adams. I will admit that going into this I didn’t know much about Clover. I’m not usually a biography reader, but after reading the synopsis on the cover I couldn’t help but feel intrigued with this woman who lived so long ago. The great mystery of Clover was why she killed herself when it seemed that she had so much going for her.

The author really did her research and helps the reader to understand how painful Clover’s life really was, starting at the age of five when she lost her beloved mother, and continuing on throughout her forty-two years. There were times of happiness for Clover, but they were always shrouded in an underlying torrent of fear.

I was pulled into Clover’s world through the snippets of letters she would write to her father, Henry, and to many additional friends. She was charming in a way that I wasn’t expecting, but it was clear she was hiding some pain from everyone, including at times, herself.

I found myself looking forward to when I would be able to continue reading and fill in more information on Clover’s life. The book is broken down into four parts, each with their own level of importance of why Clover decided to take her own life. When the book finished I was left feeling slightly melancholy, which I think is to be expected when reading about a life that ends so early. Along with the melancholy I was also glad that I read it. Clover Adams was a fascinating woman and one that I’m happy to know more about.

If you enjoy Biographies at all you will enjoy this book, but even if you don’t, you might find yourself surprised at how easy it is to be pulled into Clover’s world.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*


Kimmel is a stay at home mom of two little girls. She moves all over the place as the wife of a United States Airman. She is an aspiring author who loves to write, read, watch movies, and bake delicious things!

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