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Monticello
Reviewed by- Linda (2017/10/15, 06:16 PM)
This is an excellent book for anyone who loves a good story about father-daughter relationships. Sally Cabot Gunning gives many heartwarming details about the intense and complex bond between Martha and her father, Thomas Jefferson.

One of the more compelling facets is learning how Martha, a refined, educated women, deals with problematic situations, including her father's relationship with one of the slaves, Sally Hemings. The story also gives the reader a fascinating and detailed look, of the Jefferson family at large, especially Thomas Jefferson, through the eyes Martha. Interestingly enough, although both Martha and her father were against slavery, the difficulties of farming made it necessary to go against their beliefs and use slaves.

This is Martha's story, a realistic look at her life and her views on life, marriage, and slavery. My one caveat, the pace is a bit slow at times. Recommend.Back.

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