My Dearest Angel — 2002

A Virginia Family Chronicle 1895–1947

By Katie Letcher Lyle
Foreword by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

She was the daughter of a circuit judge and state senator. He was the youngest son of Virginia’s Civil War governor and was a state legislator himself at the age of nineteen. Their courtship and marriage stands as a portrait of a bygone way of life unique to the American South during the first half of the twentieth century. My Dearest Angel is their story, told through their faithful correspondence over the course of their fifty years together.

Piecing together the voluminous letters, their granddaughter, noted author Katie Letcher Lyle, has succeeded in giving us an intimate panorama of the full and oftentimes wrenching lives led by Greenlee and Katie Letcher. Domestic life, family secrets, and visiting luminaries are part of their story. But the abiding appeal of My Dearest Angel is the maturation of a lifelong relationship built on the crest of a changing world.


Katie Letcher Lyle is the author of more than a dozen books. She has taught at Southern Seminary College, Hollins University, Washington and Lee University, and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She lives with her husband in Lexington, Virginia.

Cover of 'My Dearest Angel'

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