By Sally Cabot Gunning
From the seriously acclaimed writer of The Widow's War comes a charming paintings of literary old fiction that explores the tenuous courting among an excellent and intricate father and his committed daughter—Thomas Jefferson and Martha Jefferson Randolph.
After the demise of her liked mom, Martha Jefferson spent 5 years in another country along with her father, Thomas Jefferson, on his first diplomatic venture to France. Now, at seventeen, Jefferson’s vibrant, good-looking eldest daughter is returning to the luxurious hills of the family’s cherished Virginia plantation, Monticello. whereas the big, attractive property is equal to she recollects, Martha has replaced. The younger lady that sailed to Europe is now a girl with a center made heavy by way of a primary love long past flawed.
The international round her has additionally develop into way more complex than it as soon as appeared. The doting father she idolized considering the fact that early life has began to drag away. relocating again into political existence, he has develop into distracted by means of the tumultuous struggle for strength and troubling new attachments. the house she adores relies on slavery, a tradition Martha abhors. yet Monticello is careworn by way of debt, and it can't live to tell the tale with out the hard work of her family’s slaves. The unique far away cousin she is interested in has a flavor for risky passions, darkish wishes that may finally compromise her own.
As her existence turns into limited by way of the calls for of marriage, motherhood, politics, scandal, and her family’s expanding impoverishment, Martha yearns to discover her as far back as the mild attractiveness and quiet happiness of the area she as soon as knew on the best of her father’s “little mountain.”