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In this richly researched novel that draws on 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.
From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knew that though her father loved his family dearly, his devotion to his country ran deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, she became his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death, traveling with him when he became American minister to France. It is in Paris that she learned of her father's liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.
Patsy fell in love with her father's protege, 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 returned to Virginia with her father and married a man of his choosing and raised 11 children of her own. As family secrets came to light during her father's presidency, Patsy again had to decide how much she would sacrifice to protect her father's reputation.
Stephanie Dray is an award-winning author of historical women's fiction. Her series about Cleopatra's daughter has been translated into eight different languages. Under the name of Stephanie Draven, she writes genre fiction and American-set historical women's fiction. Before she became a novelist, she was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher.
Laura Kamoie earned a Ph.D. in early American history from the College of William and Mary, published two nonfiction books on early America, and taught at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is the author of more than 20 books of genre fiction, writing as Laura Kaye.
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