Synopsis from Harlequin Trade Publishing:
Cady Davenport is living the American dream…
At least she’s supposed to be. She’s in a new city, with a new job and even a new fiancé. But when her husband-to-be hits the road for the upcoming presidential election, Cady realizes she’s on her own—and that her dream life might not be all she’d imagined.
Until she finds herself thrust straight into the heart of the most influential inner circle in Washington, DC: the campaign widows. As friends, they’re an unlikely group—a fabulous Georgetown doyenne; a speechwriter turned mommy blogger; an artsy website editor; and a First Lady Hopeful who’s not convinced she wants the job. But they share one undeniable bond: their spouses are all out on the trail during a hotly contested election season.
Cady is unsure of her place in their illustrious group, but with the pressures of the unprecedented election mounting, the widows’ worlds keep turning—faster than ever—as they hold down the fort while running companies, raising babies, racking up page views and even reinventing themselves. And their friendship might be just what Cady needs to find the strength to pursue her own happiness.
About: Campaign Widows is a politics contemporary written by Aimee Agresti. It was published on 5/22/2018 by Graydon House Paperback, an imprint of HarperCollins, 384 pages. The genres are chick lit, politics, contemporary, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Graydon House Books publishes books your book-club will love! Multifaceted, provocative and original, Graydon House novels are page-turners that range from lighthearted humor to emotional tearjerker, edgy suspense to historical drama, and more.” Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading Campaign Widows on 4/15/2019 and finished it on 4/19/2019. I have a bit of a tough time getting into this book. Politics aren’t my cup of tea, though I do like learning about people being affected by the election season. I like learning that the spouse who stays home are called campaign widows while their loved ones is away traveling with the presidential candidates. It’s interesting how many people is involved in the presidential race and how it affects their family. The characters in this book varies from people in a relationship to people with kids and they have to be apart during the campaign season, unless it’s the presidential candidate then the parents are separated from their kids.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Cady, a TV Producer as she makes her way up 26 stories to the Capitol Dome to meet Jackson, her boyfriend and Capitol Hill Staffer. The second point of view is Reagan, Korean, wife to Ted, mom to twin girls, and a sociable person capable of discussing an array of topics. She would read 14 newspapers just to know things. But she quits her big job to write a parenting column for The Queue. The third view is Jay, Editor at The Queue, a fast growing online magazine. He’s Reagan’s best friend and often worry about getting fired because the job is too fast and competitive for him. He’s nervous about proposing to his boyfriend Sky. The fourth view is Birdie, Queen Bee of Georgetown, who threw the best parties and Washington’s most successful political fundraisers. The fifth view is Madison. Her husband, Hank, a billionaire oil man and sports team owner who is running for president. After introducing each character in each chapter at the beginning of the book, all characters’ views are shared in each remaining chapters. This story is focused during election season.
Campaign Widows is an interesting title. I like Parker in this story. He’s funny when he’s nervous and talks too much. I like his romantic life too but just sad for him to have to chase after her so much. Reading this book requires so much focus because there are so many characters’ personal lives to keep up with, and not just the ones with a point of view. There are stories of those candidates running for president too. Also the multiple views within a chapter is a bit of a con for me because it just drags the story longer.
Pro: diversity, election season, friendship
Con: too many characters’ personal lives to keep up with
I rate it 3 stars!
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About the Author:
Aimee Agresti is an entertainment journalist and former staff writer for Us Weekly. Her work has appeared in People and The Washington Post, among many other publications. Aimee has made countless TV and radio appearances on the likes of Access Hollywood, E!, and MSNBC. The author of the Gilded Wings trilogy for young adults, she graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and lives with her husband and two sons in the Washington, DC, area. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and info obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.