Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: America's First Daughter

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Lara Kamoie
Release Date: March 1, 2016

This isn't my typical YA selection, but I have read some historical fiction over the past couple of years and thought this sounded like an excellent read.  

Goodreads Overview: 

America's First DaughterIn 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, Martha "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 in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.

Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising eleven children of her own.

Yet as family secrets come to light during her father's presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.


  1. This sounds like a very neat historical fiction! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. Thanks also for visiting my WOW earlier!

  2. Oh, this definitely sounds very good, Jacque! I love that it is based on actual letters, so that there is some basis in history. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  3. I saw this recently and immediately added to my TBR! It sounds so good! Great pick!!

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW!

  4. I've not heard of this one until now but it sounds awesome. I'm a big fan of historical fiction.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian