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In 1794, Johnny Watkins returns to America from Barbados, intent on becoming a great statesman. Even his hero, John Adams, believes the gifted boy will go far. There's just one catch: Johnny must learn to pass for white.

He finds a spirited and lovely confidante in Kate, one of the few who knows that Johnny's father had been born a slave. But as he moves closer toward the new city of Washington, Johnny leaves Kate behind, falling instead for a prominent Maryland heiress who may not have his best interests at heart. Embroiled in the vicious politics of the approaching election, Johnny lives every moment at risk of being unmasked.

Then, a discovery about Thomas Jefferson, one that could sway the election, imperils not only Johnny's future but also his life. In the end, Johnny learns who his real friends are - and the truth behind the great promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

©2017 Jodi Daynard (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The First Two Books Were Sooo Good!!

I found this one to be a little lackluster. Thought the ending to be a little “eh” as well.

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Beautiful story

Having read the other two books in the series I was moved to listen to this one. It was a touching story of a strong honorable young man who grappled with his secret of his mixed race heritage. He was involved with our early government and learned the hard way that not all men are honorable and that most politicians aren't. The voices created by this author were well characterized and I thoroughly enjoyed this story

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Finale not so grand...

I really enjoyed the series, it this last one was super slow. I kept hoping it was building, but not so much. I listened to the end to hear the conclusion of the characters, but I think I would have been OK if I had stopped after #2.

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A perfect ending!

I listened to the first two books in the series and loved them, so I had to get the 3rd one! I used a credit that I was planning to use on a different book, but alas, I didn't want to wait! This is an historical romance and not my usual genre.

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I was disappointed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I loved her first book of this series.....but this book found me falling asleep with its wandering about and i was disappointed with it as it revised history in a profound way!!!!

Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Daynard again?

not sure

What about Marcus Stewart’s performance did you like?

I thought it was beautifully preformed

Could you see A More Perfect Union being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.......not on its faulty history revisions

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  • Janice
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Lovely end to the trilogy.

We visit the characters we met in books One and two but through the eyes of the next generation. History comes alive as we move through the struggles of these people. Well written and believable, this series shows you how life probably was lived in the early years of our Union. Loved the characters and really began to realize the harsh life both the characters and the Union had in their youth.

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Excellent Third Installment

As the first two books, I really enjoyed this story. It was a great way to wrap up the series and shed insight on what it was like to to be torn between two worlds as a bi-ethnic person at that time.

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Shouldn’t have been a book 3

I really hate it when an author ruins a series by making it a trilogy! This book added absolutely nothing to this series and, in fact, I think it weakened the story.

The story of Johnny was summarized in the end of book 2 and since the series had been about the love and friendships that these strong women shared, his story did not need to be told.

There is really not much I can say except that if you like book 1 and book 2 just don’t bother with book 3. The story is weak and the inevitability of what happened made it completely pointless!

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a beautiful sequel with unexpected turns

took me months to purchase because of negative reviews. I'm so glad I didn't listen.

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I've quite enjoyed the Midwife series!!

I have quite enjoyed the Midwife series & look forward to more books by Jodi Daynard