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On completion Two stars and I will explain why You may be looking for exactly what this book gives, but not me The book ends with an authors note that explains in detail both the liberties taken in altering known facts and a clear declaration of what were the authors intentions for the book I am extremely thankful for this clear declaration It is stated outright that we are given a view of the events through Martha Jefferson Randolph s eyes and that characters are romanticized for dramatic purposes Martha Jefferson Randolph is Thomas and Martha Jefferson s daughter The book is meant to leave a dramatic punch This is not what I was looking for and romance is not a popular genre for me The authors do not alter facts to give a misrepresentation but rather to tighten the time line, for brevity The problem is that much remains unknown DNA testing has today shown that Sally Hemings children were fathered by Thomas Jefferson but very little is known about the complicated personal relationships that existed between Sally and Thomas Jefferson as well as between Martha, nicknamed Patsy, and her husband Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr What is offered here is merely one possibility.So the authors wished to romanticize They certainly did From a few chance encounters a love relationship is drawn between Patsy and William Short 1759 1848 He was Thomas Jefferson s private secretary when Jefferson was the American ambassador to France from 1784 to 1789 It is also true that in a letter Jefferson referred to Short as his adoptive son While the relationship between Patsy and Short is possible, there is no substantial evidence of its existence In addition, the troubled relationship between Patsy and her husband may be exaggerated Why For effect The authors state that we are getting Patsy s view and that they wish to write a story with dramatic punch Randolph did have alcohol problems and it is known that his kids distanced themselves from him, but there lacks conclusive proof that he physically abused his wife I feel it is wrong to write such without solid evidence He is drawn as a figure lacking self assurance Perhaps so, yet he was both a congressman and Governor of Virginia 1819 1822 It is of course possible that Patsy s devotion to her father annoyed him At points I sympathized with him, not Patsy Jefferson s wife on her deathbed demanded of Patsy that she support her father because he would need her after her own death At the exclusion of all else No Maybe instead it was Patsy s inability to express emotions that partially caused the problems between herself and her husband Similarly Jefferson hid his emotions Is it instead simply a question of daughter being like father There is much here we cannot know.I wanted to understand why Jefferson, he who wrote the Declaration of Independence, who spoke of equality for all, could keep slaves He never openly acknowledged his love for Sally Hemings He had six children by her, four survived to become adults This is discussed and reasons are provided, yet I remain unsatisfied We are given Patsy s view and that is biased I felt the audiobook narration by Cassandra Campbell was very well done It can be hard at times to listen to because her intonation reflects Patsy s cool, level, pragmatic tone I wanted her to explode occasionally, but she couldn t or she shouldn t because that was not who Patsy was Very good narration particularly the further you go She was better at drawing the mature Patsy than her younger self So if you want a romance novel set colonial times with details that could be completely right, this may be just what you are looking for After 1 3 Every attempt to turn this into a love story is taken, and there are lots of opportunities More romance than history For me this book falls into the young adult category.Teenage girls may swoon. AMERICA S FIRST DAUGHTER is the story of a generation caught between the past and the future of a nation, and illuminates how the actions of one woman managed to sustain a family in spite of the consequences of both privilege and poverty Not since GONE WITH THE WIND has a single volume family saga so brilliantly portrayed the triumphs, trials, and sins of a family in the American South.Highly, highly, highly recommended. This novel took me by surprise The writing started off a bit shaky, however once Dray Kal found their rhythm the writing became much fluid and completely sucked me into the story What I knew of Thomas Jefferson was from high school and college history classes, so I was not expecting his story to read like a soap opera And Patsy The sacrifices she made for her father and for his legacy are staggering I don t know that history would ve embraced him as reverently as it has if not for her efforts Behind Every Great Man Is An Even Greater Woman Very, very good. I read this in fits and starts over a period of months mainly because I didn t find it as interesting as My Dear Hamilton The main character, Martha Patsy Jefferson, annoyed me at the beginning with her youthful self righteousness but as she aged I found her to be sympathetic Definitely well researched, the authors do an excellent job of bringing the era to life As might be expected, Jefferson s years in France are depicted but his relationship with Sally Hemings is dealt with at a distance While seemingly a paragon of female virtue at times Patsy played fast and loose with the truth Patsy was fiercely loyal to her father and her family and she didn t have an easy life The work of daily life was hard and the sacrifices were many There is a love story, scandal, duels and drunkenness Overall, this book teeters on the edge of the melodramatic and I seriously doubt that Patsy played as pivotal a role in the making of a nation as was portrayed. Sons of a revolution fight for liberty They give blood, flesh, limbs, their very lives But daughters we sacrifice our eternal souls America s First Daughter is told from the perspective of the eldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson Martha Patsy Jefferson Randolph Drawing upon authentic letters written during that period of time, Patsy s story with her father begins with his death as she explores the thousands of letters that Jefferson wrote during his lifetime and reflects back on how her father should be remembered Even if that means burning the truth HONOR In Virginia it wasn t a matter of pride it was a matter of survival Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie present a richly illustrated historical fiction that takes readers from the Virginia plantation to the intrigues of Paris, London, and Washington Patsy Jefferson is a woman of her time albeit a very privileged one and we do see the young nation with its many contrasts equality for all versus slavery for some I knew a few things about Thomas Jefferson, but this novel was certainly illuminating in providing than what might be found in a textbook. If you think politics are dirty today, you should read about the politics in our American history Other than George Washington, a lot of dirt was spread about politicians In the race of 1800, Jefferson was said to be dead, an atheist and a coward John Adams was supposed to be a tyrant and a criminal Jefferson said to be a swindler begot by a mulatto upon a half breed Indian squaw and Adams was called a hermaphrodite American politics apparently was never for the faint of heart This well written and researched book about Jefferson s oldest daughter, Martha Pansy Jefferson Her mother died when she was young in childbirth so Martha was by Jefferson s side throughout his career She was with him when the British chased him out of his home when he was in Paris during the beginning of their revolution, and served as his hostess while he was president She gives us an unique perspective of our early days I found the parts about Lafayette especially poignant Two themes run this book One is the deplorable state women were in They often died in childbirth, belonged to their husbands and put up with all types of abuse The other was slavery Although intellectually against slavery, there was a strong practical reason to keep it, money What to do Jefferson wrote those famous words, all men are considered equal but not women or slaves He was on the horns of a dilemma because he was a slave owner, had a slave wife and children and depended on the income from the practice He wrote in a letter on the subject, Justice is on one scale, and self preservation in the other Martha had 11 children tired just writing that and raised her husband s sisters She was often torn between her duties to her husband and to her father Heaven know when she had time to be a mother She wielded a lot of power but in a back door way She rarely was asked for her opinion.And she ended up mostly penniless Jefferson s penchant for hospitality did her in This is an interesting book and I really learned a lot One of the characters really shines for me, Dolley Madison I d like to read a good book about her Still this was fascinating and well worth the time to read the almost 600 pages. |DOWNLOAD ♘ America's First Daughter ♑ 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 prot g 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. Historical fiction par excellence I m delightedly surprised ecstatic, really as I thoroughly enjoyed this Jeffersonian Family Saga from the very first few lines Sons of a revolution fight for liberty They give blood, flesh, limbs, their very lives But daughters we sacrifice our eternal souls This I am sure of Wonderfully readably and extensively researched fiction that is built upon facts and or widely presumed inferences and accepted conclusions, with only a modicum of creative liberty taken here and there for enhanced dramatic affect HONOR In Virginia it wasn t merely a matter of masculine pride it was a matter of survival Every loan for the farm, every advance of credit for seeds and foodstuffs, every public office and proposal of marriage depended on honor Men would fight and die for it And women would lie for it America s First Daughter is powerfully enthralling, addictively entertaining, and decidedly eye opening in regards to Thomas Jefferson and his eldest daughter, Patsy, their private affairs, political parleying, and conflicting ideologies, in addition to the general temperament mindsets and societal expectations of the times both in Virginia and Paris Though deeply rooted and primarily focused upon Jefferson family histories, including Jefferson s enslaved mistress Sally Hemings, this book also offers up romance, gender issues, a murder trial, duals, spousal rights, and quite a few verifiable political, domestic, and social scandals Why was it that women were expected to restrain our every passion for the sake of propriety, but men couldn t do it even for the sake of the women they loved Every bit worth the 590 page reading time investment I tip my hat to the ladies who dedicated thousands of hours researching and penning this fabulous novel Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie Round of applause to you both FIVE Historical Fiction Par Excellence Readable and Noteworthy, Enlightening and Highly Entertaining STARS Patsy Jefferson isn t a famous figure in American history, but she should be everything that we know about her father Thomas Jefferson and the nation he shaped came to us through the hands of his daughter, who saw her life s work as shielding his legacy Her life is chronicled through the years as her father s helpmeet, steadfastly at his side through the revolutionary years in France, the White House years acting as his First Lady, and his old age when the nation he helped found hit its growing pains The research is meticulous, the writing marvelous, and the uglier aspects of the time period slavery and its manifold evils are not swept under the rug or glossed over An absorbing, compelling read I am acquainted with the authors, but became an honest fan of their work years before I met them in person and became friends My review is honest and unbiased. I live in Belgium so I ve never been really very invested in the part of American history where this book takes place or knew anything about it, but America s First Daughter has totally changed all that It was the single most brilliant and outstanding historical fiction book that I have ever read Bravo I must admit that I was a bit intimidated by the size of this book at first It s almost 600 pages And the start was a bit slow for me but once I got into the story I barely could stop reading It was so damn good and compelling The story was a well written and researched It a historical fiction as well as a tragic love story and gave an outstanding example of Patsy, who truly was intriguing to read about.America s First Daughter follows obviously Thomas Jefferson s eldest daughter, Martha Patsy Jefferson Randolph, as the synopis says, starting at age nine It takes place in America, when Patsy and her father went to France and then back to America I really loved reading all about Patsy when she was growing up, especially her time in France was fascinating to me, but really, I liked reading about her whole love in general because her life was so interesting to me.I also loved the side characters from the intriguing William Short I loved his and Patsy s swift but ardent romance to Patsy s sister Polly, who s death gave me tears in my eyes, to her father, Thomas Jefferson himself and Tom, Patsy s husband she marries when she s 17 I could go on and on All characters were so fleshed out and detailed I also liked how this book gave a great view of domestic life of the time and age this book is set in And can I just mention how strong I thought Patsy was She went through a great deal in her life but always was supportive of her father, even when he maybe didn t even deserve it It really impressed me and that s some extraordinary writing on the authors part I can only compliment them for that Bravo, ladies