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Genial Founding Father and revered statesman Benjamin Franklin was a man of large appetites, and this affecting first novel fictionalizes a little-known story. Anne is a young servant girl in a tavern who is lured into prostitution by a charming young Benjamin Franklin. When she becomes pregnant with their child, he talks her into giving the baby up so that he might have a chance for a respectable life. But Benjamin’s wife, asked to raise the bastard child, William, as her own, struggles with suspicions of her husband’s infidelity, especially when they lose their own child to smallpox. Forever seeking the affections of his stepmother and the approval of his father, William finally comes into his own but lands on the wrong side of history and becomes locked in a bitter feud with his father over the Revolution. Cabot laces her assured novel with Shakespearean overtones as the characters continually misconstrue one another’s motives. From Franklin’s intense intellectual curiosity to Anne’s stubborn insistence on leading an independent life, this memorable cast makes for spellbinding reading. --Joanne Wilkinson
“This is a superb novel. Don’t miss it.” (William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Cape Cod and The Lincoln Letter)
“Cabot laces her assured novel with Shakespearan overtones as the characters continually misconstrue one another’s motives. From Franklin’s intense intellectual curiosity to Anne’s stubborn insistence on leading an independent life, this memorable cast makes for spellbinding reading.” (Booklist)
“[A] poignant take of love, survival, loyalty, and the meaning of family.” 4.5 starsFantastic (RT Book Reviews)
“An enticing read for history buffs...genuinely heart-wrenching.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Unforgettable.” (Shelf Awareness)
“[F]or all Franklin’s genius, fortune, and increasing stature, he is not spared the trials of women, concerns for children, or the struggles between a father and son with political differences…. [Cabot is] a gifted writer.” (Providence Journal)
I really loved the book. Wish a little more of the story was dedicated to all the accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin's major inventions, but it was a great love story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Francine Fuqua
One of the best reads I’ve had this year. I know little about Ben Franklin, and was certainly ignorant of this son the often loggerheads relationship the two men shared. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Martin P. Turnbull
Very interesting, the writer obviously did her research and brought to life a woman otherwise unknown.Published 2 months ago by Ann Ross
I really enjoyed this story and found t hard to put down. learning more of our founders is always a treat!Published 3 months ago by Jill
Another great book from Sally Cabot Gunning! Don't miss her previous trilogy.Published 4 months ago by Adkwmn
This is an interesting look at this very famous person. Of course, you must keep in mind it is a novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karyn Packard