Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.
Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a difference, she’s left behind her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and returned, with her husband Max and their three young daughters, to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run in the Rust Belt state. Once the campaign gets underway, Charlotte is blindsided by just how dirty her opponent is willing to fight, how harshly she is judged by the press and her peers, and how exhausting it becomes to navigate a marriage with an increasingly ambivalent and often resentful husband. When the opposition uncovers a secret that could threaten not just her campaign but everything Charlotte holds dear, she has to decide just how badly she wants to win and at what cost.
I love reading books based on politics but I’m mighty picky so I was elated when I able to devour this one in less than a day! There are so many current, relevant topics touched on in this story that my brain kept connecting the dots to events that have happened over the past year in our current political climate. But it’s so much more than politics as it also covers marriage, motherhood, and of course, women in the workforce. Charlotte Walsh worked in an elite job in California, but decided to move her family of five back to their hometown of Elk Hollow, Pennsylvania to run as the first female for senate. And as you’d expect, this is not an easy task for Charlotte or her family, but she is strong and determined.
What I love most about this book is the intelligent way it was written, the attention to detail, and the unflinching courage of a smart female character in a male dominant field. The construction of the novel is perfect for the plot. For example, the countdown to Election Day at the head of each chapter, fragments of text messages, Twitter threads, the unfounded criticism and backlash, and a news interview transcript, all contribute to the realism. I especially enjoyed the parts that examined marriage as Charlotte’s husband had to become the mainstay to her career. This is an incredibly fast paced book and there are a few secrets and reveals towards the end that make it interesting, so needless to say, I HEART THIS BOOK.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars!
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