America's First Daughter

America's First Daughter

Book - 2016
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As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Patsy becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death. She travels with him when he becomes American minister to France. It is in Paris that Patsy learns about her father's 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. Her choices will follow her in the years to come, and as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2016
ISBN: 9780062347268
0062347268
Branch Call Number: FIC Dray
Characteristics: 590 pages, [16 pages] ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Kamoie, Laura Croghan

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aliensrlovely
Oct 16, 2017

I love historical fiction and this book is no exception. Like they said at the end, there is a lot of conjecture, as the true story will never be known. I did appreciate the truths that were weaved in the story and truly felt the heartbreak of the deterioration of Patsy's marriage to a man that she obviously had grown to love, at least in this story. I also recommend the children's historical fiction account from the eyes of the Hemings children: Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

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azsharon
Jul 05, 2017

4 stars for this magnificent novel. I was held captive as I read it over the 4th of July week. It made me appreciate the sacrifices women make for their influential men. "Sons of Revolution FIGHT FOR LIBERTY. They give their blood, flesh, limbs, their very lives. But daughters.. .we sacrifice our eternal souls." The opening paragraph is a synopsis of the rest of the novel, for as the story continues, we see how Patsy Jefferson carried the burdens of her father and his entire family until it nearly broke her spirit. But she perseveres.

From an impetuous and blossoming teenager in Paris until the waning years of her life, we see a character who changes and matures and suffers hardships unimaginable by today's standards, yet her devotion to her famous father, despite the flaws she recognizes in him, never wanes. Due to its somewhat overly dramatized nature at times, I would give it 5 stars. But the historical details alone make it a worthy read, then add the authors' incredible character development and you have a memorable and beautiful story.

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Carolmac76
Jun 10, 2017

A book you could not put down. Having been to Monticello several times the story of Patsy and the love and dedication she devoted to her father was really brought to life in this book .

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lilypad_1
Apr 29, 2017

I loved this book, learned soooo much about the Founding Fathers, French Revolution,
daily living was so gruesomely hard, the day-to-day management of plantations run with slaves and challenges of those in the South who did not believe in slavery, no birth control, no antibiotics resulting in many childhood deaths and childbirth deaths. I with there were several more books that continued this true saga.

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2simeez
Mar 09, 2017

This is excellent historical fiction - one you won't want to put down.

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veggiegurl
Sep 15, 2016

I thought this was incredibly interesting and just a really good story.

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wakarusa1
Aug 30, 2016

This is a fascinating read if you are interested in American history. Jefferson's life and the life of his family members will keep you reading until late in the night. One of the best I have read in many years.

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CrochetCat374
Jul 15, 2016

Through extensive research and site visits, these two talented authors brought to life the story of Thomas Jefferson's daughter Patsy. I really enjoyed this work of biographical fiction. Patsy Jefferson had a long, eventful, and interesting life. Through her eyes, this novel skillfully explores both the good and bad of American history. Be sure to read the interview with the authors at the end about how their visits to Monticello and Tuckahoe inspired their writing. After reading this book, I'm inspired to visit these places in person as well to get an even better sense of the complex history.

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genepy
Jun 27, 2016

A fascinating and extremely well documented novel for lovers of historical fiction !
The reader discovers Jefferson’s career in details but the focus is on his daughter
Patsy : her personality, accomplishments and influence within the family but also
within the political realm of the times . A very enjoyable way to learn about the revolution
and the making of a nation.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jun 18, 2016

This was fantastic from start to finish. Patsy was a fascinating woman and I'm so glad that the authors took the time and effort to bring her back to life. This was obviously a well researched book and I appreciated how it did not shy away from some of the less glorious topics in American history. It is a hefty book, almost 600 pages, but I was amazed at how quick it read. A must read for anyone who loves rich historical novels!

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