ARC Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

ARC Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
America's First Daughter

5 Stars

Book Info

Released: March 1st 2016
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 624

Recommended Read!

“America’s First Daughter was compelling in every way.”
~ Under the Covers

A hint of American Pride and Prejudice theme, a dash of history and pinch of romance, America’s First Daughter was compelling in every way.  Stephanie Dray and Laura Camoie tells the story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter from her teenage years to her adulthood.  It’s about time America learns  Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph’s role in shaping the America as we know it today.  In my opinion, her political role from behind the scenes was awe inspiring.  

Patsy had the strength to be the daughter of a president.  She handled it like a pro.  Not only that she stood a good front in the public eye, she also took care of the household at a very young age.  She amazed me of how she handled and survived all the hardships she endured.  She had lost her mom, had to take care of her siblings, and run the household while her dad was gone weeks at a time.  She also went with him on his trips and later met the love of her life.  Unfortunately, her choice to marry another became her downfall.  She was also married to a pompous ass who had daddy issues.  I did not like her husband one bit.  He was the culprit of most of her hardships.  It was one bad luck after the next. It doesn’t help that she lived in a world without vaccinations, equal opportunity and where propriety and virtue trumped over what is right.  Makes me so glad I didn’t live in that era.  I wouldn’t have survived.

I’m going, to be honest, this book is not of my typical genre and the only reason I read it is because I have enjoyed Laura Kamoie’s work before.  I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually surprised that I couldn’t put it down.  I love that she and Stephanie Drey plugged in the Thomas Jefferson’s actual letters as a guide to the timeline of the story.  It also showed me as a reader what was going on politically which affected Patsy’s life a great deal.  I love the reminder of Jefferson’s history.

Though a big part of this book is fiction which the authors explained at the end, I’m happy to think that they came very close to the truth.  I’d like to believe William Short was truly there for Patsy to have given her an ounce of true happiness just for herself alone.


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About Laura Kamoie

Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. 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 genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America's First Daughter (March 1, 2016), co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

Laura is currently working on My Dear Hamilton (William Morrow, early 2018) about Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, with co-author Stephanie Dray.

About Stephanie Dray

STEPHANIE DRAY is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than eight different languages and won the Golden Leaf. Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion. She’s also fascinated by the founding of the American Republic and its roots in ancient Rome. It’s her mission to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today.


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This sounds sooooo good!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.


Thanks for the review Angela


I knew this would be awesome!!! Love the review!

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Thank you, Darynda! =)


I love to read historical fiction,and this book sounds great 🙂
Thanks for the review!

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Hi Bube! I didn’t realize I also like it. =)