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America's First Daughter - A Novel

Stephanie Dray

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Laura Kamoie, Cassandra Campbell

Length:

23h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

49:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

32:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

40:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

33:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

34:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

37:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

38:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

39:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

36:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

34:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

27:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

35:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

39:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

26:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

26:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

33:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

31:05


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

36:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

34:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

22:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

24:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

31:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

30:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

29:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

37:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

26:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

26:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

28:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

14:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

13:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:39