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Quote of the Day: Patsy Washington

March 21st, 2018

“I think you’re avoiding me, Mrs. Randloph,” William said, bareheaded, shielding his eyes against the sun.

“I think I’m harvesting the garden, Mr Short,” I said from beneath the shadow of my straw hat, fretting that he should come up on me in my housedress, my hands covered in dirt. A Virginia gentleman would’ve pretended not to see the lady of the house hard at work–even if the garden was her sweet escape from the demands of everyone inside the house; a Virginia gentleman would’ve passed by without a word and waiting to address me in polite company.

from America’s First Daughter: A Novel

I started this book last week and am absolutely loving it. It’s especially interesting to me since I’ve read a lot about Thomas Jefferson and have visited Monticello. The book is written from his oldest daughter’s perspective and give a fascinating view, not only about the revolution, but about life in general in those times from a women’s perspective.

Since I visited Monticello, as I read, I can see the different rooms, furniture, and the gardens as they are mentioned.

Have you read any good books lately?

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Patsy Washington”
  1. Laura on March 21, 2018 at 9:42 am

    A woman in the window was so amazing!!

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  2. KT on March 22, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    After reading this post, I ordered the book for my kindle. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the review.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on March 23, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Susy, I’m in the end portion of a book called Jim Wren written by one of the bloggers I follow from Virginia. It’s a fiction story but is based on a true story about the difficult times of a boy that lost his parents and his climb to success through the years of his life. It’s some what sad but fascinating story.

    Now that Spring is trying to arrive in Nebraska there won’t be much time to read. Things are so far behind here that when the weather finally warms up, the outside work load with be over whelming.

    Have a great reading day.

    Nebraska Dave

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