Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie, authors of America’s First Daughter, on tour March 2016

Posted By on February 24, 2016

America's First Daughter coverAbout America’s First Daughter

• Paperback: 624 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 1, 2016)

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.

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Stephanie Dray photo credit Kate Furek

Photo by Kate Furek

About Stephanie Dray

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.

Find out more about Stephanie at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo by Renee Hollingshead

Photo by Renee Hollingshead

About Laura Kamoie

Laura Kamoie has published two nonfiction 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 genre fiction under the name Laura Kaye, the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books.

Find out more about Laura at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 1st: Broken Teepee

Wednesday, March 2nd: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Thursday, March 3rd: From L.A. to LA

Friday, March 4th: Read-Love-Blog

Monday, March 7th: Luxury Reading

Monday, March 7th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, March 8th: Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, March 9th: Reading Reality

Thursday, March 10th: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, March 11th: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Monday, March 14th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Tuesday, March 15th: Kritters Ramblings

Wednesday, March 16th: bookchickdi

Thursday, March 17th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Monday, March 21st: Puddletown Reviews

Tuesday, March 22nd: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

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