America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laurie Kamoie

 America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laurie Kamoie

This book is about Martha “Patsy” Jefferson. She was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson, who was the 3rd President of the United States.  The book is historical fiction. The authors did a great deal of research, combing over old letters and records.  Then they wrote a book around the facts, producing an intriguing portrait of America’s First Daughter.

The resulting novel is fascinating.  It depicts the life of Martha Jefferson, revealing her early years when our nations was being created. It goes into great detail about her experiences in France, and the political milieu. Her troubled marriage is examined.  Finally, her close relationship with her father and the support she gave him are made public.  Of particular interest is plantation culture and Thomas Jefferson’s love affair with his slave, Sallie Hemmings.

All is written against a background of politics and historical facts.  This is accomplished without the book being dry or boring, even though it is highly educational.  This book is now one of my all-time favorites.  Kudos to the authors for pulling this off!

“When the heart finds its one true desire, any separation and delay is unbearable.”     …Stephanie Dray, America’s First Daughter

“I’m not only my father’s daughter, but also a daughter of the nation he founded. And protecting both is what I’ve always done.”     … Laura Kamoie, America’s First Daughter

“From tattered flags and uniforms to friendships strained to the brink, the women of my country had always been the menders to all the things torn asunder. But now we’d do more than patch with needle and thread. We’d have to weave together a whole tapestry of American life with nothing but our own hands, our own crops, and our own ingenuity. And I would prove myself able to the task. There”     … Stephanie Dray, America’s First Daughter