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Benjamin Franklin's Bastard: A Novel by [Cabot, Sally]
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"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

"An enticing read for history buffs...genuinely heart-wrenching."--Publishers Weekly

"Unforgetable"--Shelf Awareness

"Unforgettable."--Shelf Awareness

"[A] poignant take of love, survival, loyalty, and the meaning of family." 4.5 stars-Fantastic--RT Book Reviews

"[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

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 stars Fantastic--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"

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An absorbing and compelling work of literary historical fiction, set in colonial Philadelphia, that brings to life a little-known chapter of the American Revolution the story of Benjamin Franklin and his bastard son, and the women who loved them

Sixteen-year-old Anne is an uneducated serving girl at the Penny Pot tavern when she first meets the commanding Benjamin Franklin. The time she spends with the brilliant young printer teases her curious mind, and the money he provides keeps her family from starving. But the ambitious Franklin is committed to someone else, a proper but infatuated woman named Deborah Read who becomes his common-law wife. At least Anne has William, her cherished infant son, to remind her of his father and to soften some of life's bleakness.

But growing up a bastard amid the squalor of Eades Alley isn't the life Anne wants for her only son. Acutely aware of the challenges facing them, she makes a heartbreaking sacrifice. She will give up William forever, allowing Benjamin and Deborah Franklin to raise him as their own.

Though she cannot be with him, Anne secretly watches out for her beloved child, daring to be close to him without revealing the truth about herself or his birth, and standing guard as Deborah Franklin struggles to accept her husband's bastard son as her own.

As the years pass, the bustling colonies grow and prosper, offering opportunities for wealth and power for a talented man like William's father. Benjamin's growing fame and connections as a scientist, writer, philosopher, businessman, and political genius open doors for the astute William as well, and eventually King George III appoints Benjamin's bastard son to the new position of Royal Governor of New Jersey. Anne's fortunes also rise. A shrewd woman of many talents, she builds a comfortable life of her own yet nothing fills her with more joy or pride than her son's success and happiness.

But all that her accomplished son has achieved is threatened when the colonies led by influential men, including his own father begin the fight for independence. A steadfast, loyal subject of the British Crown, William cannot accept his father's passionate defense of the patriots' cause, and the enduring bond they share fractures, a heart-wrenching break that will forever haunt them and those they love.

A poignant tale of passion, family, love, and war, Benjamin Franklin's Bastard skillfully brings into focus a cast of remarkable characters drawn from real life, and vividly re-creates one of the most remarkable and thrilling periods of history the birth of the American nation."


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  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF6F8E
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Everyone knows Ben Franklin,Founding father, inventor, and philosopher.
But this book reveals a different side of him.Franklin's passion for women is legendary, and out of one of those liaisons William Franklin is born.
Benjamin Franklin brings his bastard son to live in his home and gives him all the tools to make something in his life. No one could have imagined that eventually father and son end up on different sides of the American Revolution.

'Benjamin Franklin's Bastard' is a captivating historical fiction novel that tells the story of William Franklin - the son of Benjamin Franklin and his mistress, Anne. This illegitimate son is raised by Benjamin's wife, Deborah. The novel takes place around the time of the American Revolution and tells the story of a man and his son torn apart by differing political views.
William is a loyalist. He and his father can't seem to come to terms with each other's political views. Since both are passionate in their causes and beliefs, this difference of opinion causes a rift in the family - especially severing the bond between Benjamin and his son, William Franklin.
Although no one really knows the true identity of William's mother, Sally Cabot weaved through rumors that flew around Philadelphia and other places at the time, discarding the ones she believed were politically motivated or highly improbable.
What she came up with was a wonderful imagining of what might have been - a sixteen year old girl(Anne, his mistress and mother of his illegitimate son, William) born into poverty, struggling to survive and finding a new way to procure an extra bit of food beyond her job as a serving girl at the Penny Pot Inn.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x89f8df54) out of 5 stars 114 reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89f96aec) out of 5 stars Utterly compelling and extremely well-written historical fiction 31 May 2013
By Guest Hollow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Benjamin Franklin's Bastard is a novel I couldn't put down. We all know the story of Benjamin Franklin - the Founding Father, the author, printer, scientist, postmaster, politician. Yet how many of us have delved into his personal life and known him as a husband, lover, father? What of the women he loved and the children he raised?

I must admit the novel didn't draw me in at first. However, after continuing on, it grasped me and never let go until the last page. I was loathe for it to end because the author Sally Cabot wraps you up in the lives of characters you care about as she takes you on a journey through history, tragedy, triumph, mistakes, heartbreak and love from a number of different angles.

The novel covers several perspectives and is mainly told through the eyes of Deborah, Franklin's wife, Anne, Franklin's rejected mistress and William, Franklin's bastard son. All throughout these 3 stories Franklin is woven and made a touchable and knowable person instead of some distant historical figure.

Anne was the strongest and most likeable character for me. Although no one really knows the true identity of William's mother, Sally Cabot sifted through rumors that flew around Philadelphia and other places at the time, discarding the ones she believed were politically motivated or highly improbable. What she came up with was a wonderful imagining of what might have been - a sixteen year old girl born into poverty, struggling to survive and finding a new way to procure an extra bit of food beyond her job as a serving girl at the Penny Pot Inn. After being wooed by a young Franklin she finds herself pregnant, out of a job and in an even worse and desperate situation then before. When little William is born she loves him fiercely but struggles to provide for him in the filthy back alleys of colonial Philadelphia. Franklin manages to persuade her to give him up to the promise of a better life. Anne does but suffers over the agonizing decision and can't tear herself completely away from her child. She will do whatever it takes, trade whatever she has, even if it's herself, to have the smallest sliver of a glimpse into William's life. It's painful to watch her make the choices she does, knowing there aren't many other options. She's hungry, desperate, aching for her child...

Deborah is no less interesting, although certainly less likeable. After being wooed by Franklin and then all but abandoned by him after his trip to London, she ends up in a terrible marriage that she finally leaves. Time goes on and Franklin returns. He eventually sets her up as his common-law wife - a tenuous position that isn't recognized by the higher levels of society Benjamin begins to climb. She is snubbed and rejected by the people her husband begins to spend more and more time with. Franklin asks her to raise little William and Deborah feels she has no choice. Taking him in, she never does fully accept him, especially after losing a young child born after him to illness. Franklin loves Deborah, but at times he loves his projects more. While madness coils around her after her son's death, new opportunities arise for Franklin's old mistress Anne to claw her way back into William's life with consequences for them all.

And finally, there is William. Always hungering for his stepmother's love and approval. Never realizing there is another mother aching for him. Though loved by his father, he is sometimes set aside in the whirl of the times and the events in Franklin's very public life. As he grows up he is influenced by others and comes to a final choice: loyalty to the crown or loyalty to his father.

This novel covers a huge swath of time but does so gracefully. It's utterly compelling and extremely well-written. It successfully weaves real events from history and Franklin's life into the narrative and really helps you better understand not just the times, but the man. This is historical fiction at its best. Highly recommended.

*I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review - and no, I don't always give out good ones, LOL...I always write up my opinion good or bad! :-)*
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89f96b40) out of 5 stars Riveting and Well-Researched 14 Jun. 2013
By Kim Overstreet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cabot's newest novel offers insight into the lives of Ben Franklin and William, his illegitimate son. Told through the stories of Ben's mistress Anne and common-law wife Deborah, this highly readable novel sent me to the encyclopedia again and again to learn even more about the people and places involved. I found the novel to be well researched and riveting.

I have lately become a big fan of this genre of stories - fictionalized accounts of actual historic characters. Recent favorites include Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, The Paris Wife, The Aviator's Wife, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, and Above All Things. Readers who enjoy any of these stories should love this one. Recommended highly for readers of women's historical fiction!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89f96f78) out of 5 stars Fascinating Character Study of Benjamin Franklin and Those Closest to Him 21 July 2013
By Martyxyz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This truly was a fascinating if not sad story of how one of our famous founding fathers dealt with difficulties within his personal life which affected those closest to him. Having read Sally Cabot's (Gunning) earlier books, "The Widow"s War" and its sequel "Bound", I was anxious to read this one. While on some level, I preferred her previous novels, this story definitely has a different kind of appeal.

The story develops around BF, his illegitimate son, William, his common law wife, Deborah and finally Anne, the catalyst who brings the story full swing. The fictional character, Anne was probably developed to support ( and obviously embellish the story) the theory that a tavern girl turned prostitute gave birth to BF's son, William. For me, however, too much emphasis was given to this fictional character.

As I read this book, I had to remind myself to look at it, not through a modern day lens, but through the reading glasses that BF invented during their colonial time period. In no way, does this reflect the author's writing, which was wonderful, it is my own tendency. For example, as the story progressed, I felt little sympathy for Anne as she continued her prostitution practices even after BF hooked her up with a job at Mr. Grissom"s shop. Of course Anne continues to struggle to contrive circumstances to view her growing son. Meanwhile, BF's common law wife, Deborah seemed to me to be portrayed at the very least as a shrew and quite often as a neurotic especially after the death of hers and BF's son. Imagine also her extreme disappointment when BF sent for his partner to watch over his shop (and not her) when he is set to embark on yet another extended trip to England, aah, such were those good ol colonial days. I only feel there was more of Deborah's story to tell. There are actually some theories which indicate that she may have been William's mother, but we'll never know. The other way, obviously makes for better reading.

As for BF, famous founding father, inventor, publisher, etc, etc. his characterization was intriguing. His portrayal as a smart and resourceful man often becoming callous and remorseful was quite interesting. Finally, there is William, the most sympathetic one of all in my opinion. He finally finds his own way, becoming the last Royal Governor of NJ., who knew?!
It was fun for me to discover that BF traveled through my hometown of 36 years on a patriot's mission. This story interested me so that I had to "Google" William to discover how he fared after being jailed at the hands of the patriots.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By L. A. Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved the book. I'm not a book snob, so my review is based on enjoyment. I love Ben Franklin (I'm a teacher) and I thought this book gave me an interesting look at the man, and how women were treated during this time.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89db1348) out of 5 stars Should be titled "Fifty Shades of Ben Franklin" 25 Feb. 2014
By Misty Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm glad I read some of this novel, most notably, the last few chapters. In the beginning, the author spent a significant amount of time describing (in great detail) the sexual encounters of almost every character... time which would have been better spent on character and relationship development. I almost threw the book in the trash at one point. Then I continued reading with the intention of glossing over the sexual content (it's easy to tell when things are "heating up") and get to the heart of the story which I found interesting and worthy of my time. I realize that to understand Benjamin Franklin as a womanizer was important, but I strongly believe the point could have been made without the graphic details. I did enjoy the rest of the book and understanding the impact the father/mother/son dynamic potentially had on our country. This book is NOT for young readers.
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