America's First Daughter

America's First Daughter

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (22 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Cassandra
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780062463548

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Apr 07, 2017

Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, eldest daughter of our 3rd President Thomas Jefferson, became the 1st non-spouse Hostess, or First Lady. With Patsy's mother passing away long before Jefferson would take up the office of President, Thomas Jefferson was left to blaze the very new office of POTUS without a spouse by his side. However, he did not take office without a faithful sidekick. Ever since his wife's death, his eldest daughter Martha (aka Patsy) took upon herself the job of keeping her father's darkest secrets, ones that, if allowed to wander outside the privacy of their Monticello home, could cripple or kill his current & future career in politics. Jefferson dearly loved his wife & daughters, but more than that, he LOVED his country. He would ultimately give everything he had to uphold & push forward the fledgling United States of America. Told from the viewpoint of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph & based on Thomas Jefferson's letters, this book is an account of all of these events & more in the lives of Thomas Jefferson, her sister Mary "Polly", love interest William Short, husband Thomas Randolph, slave girl Sally Hemings, her 12 children, as well as her own. If you are a US history buff or you enjoy historical fiction novels, you are sure to LOVE this book.

NOTE: As is common during this time & in this particular setting, there is natural & sentenced death, implied sexual relationships between non-married couples, alcohol-induced violence, & war. Although present in this story & told plainly, the authors present these matters very delicately & without unnecessary detail.

Age recommendation: 14 & up

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jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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