Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard

Benjamin Franklin’s BastardBenjamin Franklin's Bastard by Sally Cabot, Sally Cabot Gunning
Published by William Morrow on May 7th 2013
Pages: 354
ISBN: 0062241923
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**Received from Goodreads first reads giveaway.

This was a great book. Wonderfully written and compelling. I read this book in 2 days. Everyone has heard of Benjamin Franklin and his many accomplishments: inventor, printer, author, scientist, and Founding father to name a few. With this book, Sally Cabot shows us another side of him – a not so virtuous side. Upon learning that he has an illegitimate son, he asks his common law wife, Deborah, to raise his illegitimate son with him. The entire time they are raising the child, Anne, the boy’s birth mother watches and tries to remain close as her son grows. The story is told in different points of view which really work for this book. I also appreciated that even though this was a work of fiction, there were true historical events woven into this novel. I did not know much about his illegitimate son or his son’s own political aspirations prior to reading this novel. Political aspirations that were different from his father’s politics. So different that father and son end up on different sides of the American Revolution. Great book and one I think fans of historical fiction would really enjoy.


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