Book Review – Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard

Book Review
Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard
by Sally Cabot, Cape Cod Author

Meet Benjamin Franklin! Not the pudgy, spectacled, balding, founding father, but a dynamic, tall, handsome, virile man with a most exciting personality. His story is told through the two principal women in his life, and later in the novel, his illegitimate son, William. The book takes place in Quaker Philadelphia and London, spanning the years from 1723 to 1777.
This is no history lesson. Ms. Cabot pulls you into the time frame of dirty, drudgery, class conscious eighteenth century. The author seamlessly embeds Franklin’s accomplishments and inventions into a gripping story, and explains his thought processes and how he developed his ideas.
In his randy youth, this handsome, gray-eyed, tall, broad-shouldered man frolicked with two women. Surprisingly, we see him take responsibility for his actions, an illegitimate son, a common-law wife, and buck the social mores of the times. We follow his life through to his old age, entwined with the historical events of those years.
In spite of the fact we only hear Franklin’s direct voice through his real letters and writings included by the author, we feel we know him well. And we like him!
As an author and reader of mainly women’s fiction, I rarely read historic biographical novels. This book is well researched, the language is timely, the story is passionate. I found Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard riveting.
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About Gerri

I'm in my second career. Besides raising my beautiful family, worked as RN. Now I'm a novelist. Have completed five novels and working on my sixth. Way more fun than nursing! Happy hubby and neurotic cat hang out with me.

Posted on July 15, 2013, in Issues of Interest, On Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sandy Goodwin Fontana

    Sounds like a book John would like. Along the same lines, you might enjoy “The Paris Wife” about Hemingway’s early days with his first wife, as he began his writing career in France.

  2. Well stated and reviewed. I like to know about a book before I buy it and trust Gerri’s evaluation. Thanks Gerri!

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