America's First Daughter

Version: Unabridged
Author: Stephanie Dray , Laura Kamoie
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: March 2016
# of Units: 19 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (15)

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Written by K O. on September 2nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. I really didn’t have knowledge of the Jefferson family. While I love history, I never focus on the family of our founding fathers. This book was a great insight to the Jefferson family. If anyone is looking for a little gem of a book, listen!

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Written by Vivian T. on August 16th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a fabulous recounting of the history of a founding father/daughter & the conditions they endured.

Written by Anonymous on June 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

By the end listening to the Randolph conversations was draining. Thomas' vitriol was acrid. This book left me with a variety of unanswered questions, but being it's focus was Martha, it's understandable not as much resolution was given to the hemings and the fullness of other characters. Interesting look into history all the same.

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Written by Mary T. on March 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fascinating story which has prompted me to research the "historic" from the "fiction". I'm hoping my research shows that Jefferson's daughters' adult life was much different that the brutality she experiences in the novel. Sally Hemmings plays an intricate role in the novel, as she indeed did in Jefferson's household and his life. Francesca

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Written by Marie P. on August 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Has inspired me to watch and read more about Sally and the time period ...love the book style and narator

Written by Sharon W on July 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book! Thoroughly enjoyed becoming acquainted with the Thomas Jefferson family through this fascinating account of their lives. Reader was excellent!

Written by Kimberly M on June 24th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Lots of history about a one of our founding fathers and his wonderful daughters. The story was very inserting to listen to. Just enjoyed it.

Written by Tiffany B on June 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderful story. I enjoyed the narration as well.

Written by Sinika Swalberg on March 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was fantastic! We discussed it extensively in our book club and we all learned a lot about that time period. I enjoyed the narrator's voice changes as well.

Written by SHIRLEY Wooten on November 20th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I totally enjoyed. The author took her time to describe in detail without rushing through or leaving you with questions. She covered many aspects of life during the period in an interesting way, without all the brash language. Excellent. The southern accent of the narrator, I thought contributed wisely to the book.

Author Details

Author Details

Dray, Stephanie

Stephanie Dray is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women s fiction. Her work has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for RWA s RITA Award, and won NJRW s Golden Leaf. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation s capital.

Kamoie, Laura

Laura Kamoie is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing fiction. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and two daughters.