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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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  • Rodney & Jennifer C
  • 05-08-2018

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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  • KitKat1245
  • 19-12-2017

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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  • Bo Albers
  • 30-09-2017

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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  • eskimo_princess
  • 22-08-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-12-2017

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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  • Lydjahh
  • 11-11-2017

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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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 04-08-2017

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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  • Janet S
  • 15-02-2021

Different reader than 1st 2 in series

I was a little disappointed at first when this book started. This is the third in a series and I realise this book is told from Johnny's character, I had to get used to the ladies' voices being different too. This passed, and I adapted.
I guess I just didn't enjoy this book as well as the first two. I know much of it is based on history, but the violence that Johnny encountered gave me anxiety. I was really into this book, but it didn't give me "feel good" moments like the first two.
Had I started with this book, I doubt I'd go back looking for the first two.

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  • Maria
  • 22-12-2020

A well written 3rd installment

The adult life of John Watkins/Boylston is well written, enriching, and educational within the factual elements of the storyline.
Mr. Stewart is a perfect narrator for this novel, with a rich, warm voice and an excellent accent for both the proper American Johnny and the Barbados Johnny. He also voiced John Adams expertly.
It is painful to realize the prejudice and discrimination that was born of slavery, and that the residuals of those beliefs and subsequent behaviors are still evident today.
I applaud Johnny’s attempts to better himself as a man, black or white, and to try to make a difference in the world he was born into.
I would have liked more story of his life at the end of the book, but this is a satisfying read/listen, and I do recommend this book and this series as credit worthy.

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  • Lisa Bullard
  • 08-05-2020

Worth the wait

It took many chapters to grab my attention but it is worth it! Truly a great listen!

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