America's First Daughter: A Novel

America's First Daughter: A Novel

by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
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America's First Daughter: A Novel by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062347268
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 11,617
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Dray is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer and a teacher. Now she lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books.

Laura Kamoie is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing fiction. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and two daughters.

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America's First Daughter: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down, hated for it to end. This novel made the venerable Thomas Jefferson a real man of flesh, bone, strength , and weaknesses. I'm still processing my feelings about Patsy, who must've been formidable in her own right. A woman of great strength but also subject to the human condition. This is a book that won't be easily forgotten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No words.....just read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never review books but this was completely compelling. If you are fascinated by our American history, this is a just read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book I didn't realize it was nearly 600 pages! However, it was so interesting, engaging and well written I could not put it down. I wish I had read it before I visited Monticello a few years ago....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really an exploration of Patsy's identity first as Thomas Jefferson's daughter but also as a woman, mother, slave owner etc. The story recognizes the complexities of her identity as well as the role she needed to play for everyone in her life and for the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a person who loves history, this just about right blending of history and fiction was chance to immerse myself and take a walk with Patsy Jefferson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read Beautifully written story wrirt
Anonymous 30 days ago
Whar a magnificent mini-series this would make.
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Best book I have read in a long time. It was a learning experience also. Patsy Jefferson came to life & made her father more than real.
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This book really made history come alive!
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GranbyLibraryBookClub More than 1 year ago
America's First Daughter is the story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter Martha, also known as “Patsy” Jefferson. This epic novel spans her entire life and showcases this strong willed and extremely loyal woman. Not only did she lead an interesting life of her own but she also played her part in the founding of the United States. The novel begins with the Jefferson's fleeing for their lives during the Revolutionary War, and continues taking you on enlightening adventures as you watch history unfold. From living in Paris just before the French Revolution, to having her father in Office, to the struggles of running a plantation, Patsy lived quite an extraordinary life. Clocking in at almost 600 words, this novel is long and some of our readers found it to be slow, while others found it riveting and enjoyable. Our group gave this book 4 1/2 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved that this story was about jeffersons daughter, more so than him i love historical fiction that portrays those that were the stand-bys, because they often have a story all of their own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way the author stayed as close to the facts as possible. Great read and learned a lot. If we forget our past we're bound to reapt it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book on Sunday. I bought it on Monday and finished on Wednesday . It kept me spellbound . A beautiful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it and it was an interesting history lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn in immediately. Beautifully written, immensely captivating. I feel like I know the Jefferson's personally for having read this book.
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MeganRath More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I highly recommend this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not want this book to end!! Loved the charcters, loved learning about this great family . Great historical fiction. An excellent read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our book club read this and everyone LOVED it. It was easy to read and kept me motived all throughout the book. We learned so much!