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.
I love to read historical fiction and America's First Daughter was engaging, captivating and a really good book that is well worth the reading!
While I knew the basics that most of us know about Thomas Jefferson and his family, I was introduced to so much more information through the historical facts that were the basis for this historical fictional novel.
The authors truly brought history to life with the America's First Daughter and I highly recommend it!
Thank you to William Morrison Publishing and Edelweiss for a gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.