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Patriot Hearts: A Novel of the Founding Mothers

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When Martha Dandridge Custis marries her second husband, George, she never suspects that the soft-spoken Virginia planter is destined to command the founding of a nation—or that she is to be “Lady Washington,” the woman at the first President’s side. Only a select inner circle of women will know the cost of sharing a beloved man with history . . . and each will draw strength from the unique treasure given to them by a doomed queen.

Seeing farm and family through each harsh New England season, Abigail Adams is sustained only by the fervent reunions stolen between John’s journeys abroad. She will face the terror of an ocean crossing to join her husband in France—and write her own page in history. And there she will cross paths with kings, commoners—and young Sally Hemings.

Just as Sally had grown from a clever child to a beautiful woman, so had her relationship with Thomas Jefferson grown from a friendship between slave and master to one entangled in the complexities of black and white, decorum and desire. It is a relationship that will leave Sally to face an agonizingly wrenching choice.

Dolley Madison, too, must live with the repercussions of a forbidden love affair—although she will confront even greater trials as a President’s wife. But Dolley will become one of the best-loved ladies of the White House—and leave an extraordinary legacy of her own.

A lushly written novel that traces the marriages tested by the demands of love and loyalty, Patriot Hearts offers readers a dazzling glimpse behind the scenes of a revolution, from adversity and treachery to teatime strategies, as four magnificent women shape a nation’s future.

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The passion, politics, triumphs, and turmoil of early America come to life through the fictional portraits of four extraordinary women--Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Sally Hemings, and Dolley Madison--who played key roles behind the scenes of four presidential administrations. By the author of The Emancipator's Wife. 40,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The triumphs and turmoil of early America are revealed through fictional portraits of four women--Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Sally Hemings, and Dolley Madison--who played key roles during four presidential administrations.

About the Author

Barbara Hambly is the author of The Emancipator’s Wife, a finalist for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. She is also the author of Fever Season, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and seven acclaimed historical novels.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553903416
Subtitle:
A Novel of the Founding Mothers
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Author:
Barbara Hambly
Author:
Hambly, Barbara
Subject:
Fiction-Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Women -- United States.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070130
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
430

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 430 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780553903416 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The passion, politics, triumphs, and turmoil of early America come to life through the fictional portraits of four extraordinary women--Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Sally Hemings, and Dolley Madison--who played key roles behind the scenes of four presidential administrations. By the author of The Emancipator's Wife. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The triumphs and turmoil of early America are revealed through fictional portraits of four women--Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Sally Hemings, and Dolley Madison--who played key roles during four presidential administrations.
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