The author sets the book up as an account of the correspondence between Benjamin Franklin and his younger sister, to whom he wrote most of the letters in his prolific correspondence. The author traces Jane Franklin Mecom's life, a vivid contrast to her brother's fame.
Although the research and scholarship are admirable, the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Jane's life was not that noteworthy, although this account of it gives a telling glimpse of how ordinary women lived in Colonial America. For those with a strong interest in Early American history.