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Madam President


Madam President

As Charlotte Kramer, the 45th President of the United States, is in the midst of delivering an all-important speech that publicly reveals her stance on abortion as pro-choice, America falls victim to five simultaneous terrorist attacks. Suddenly it's up to Charlotte, less than two years into her second term in office, to assess the damage, console the nation's scared and bereft public, and determine the best course of action for the country to follow.

While handling the fallout from the attacks would be challenging enough on a normal day, they occur on a day when 20 news cameras are following Charlotte's every move for a CBS special about a day in the life of the President, ramping up the pressure that's already at a fever pitch.

Fortunately, Charlotte has a rock-solid staff to help her through the horrific hours that follow the attacks, which consist of bombs that have been set off on a passenger ship in the port of Miami, pedestrian parks in Times Square, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and airport ticket counters in Chicago and Los Angeles. As panic seizes the nation, Charlotte and her associates spring into action.

"Readers with an interest in politics will truly enjoy the fast-paced action and plethora of political scandals that fill the book’s pages."

Aiding the President in America's hour of need are Dale Smith, her press secretary, and Melanie Kingston, her secretary of defense. While Charlotte tends to the country's needs, Dale and Melanie do their best to present the administration in the most positive light possible. Together, these three powerful, career-driven women will see America through the crisis.

In addition to dealing with the national crisis at hand, the trio is facing personal challenges in their lives that they'd prefer to keep quiet. In a town like D.C., however, that's often impossible to do, especially in the crosshairs of intense media scrutiny. Add a top-level staff member who is feeding inside information to the media into the mix, and you immediately get a potentially explosive situation.

On a personal level, Charlotte is in a marriage she's struggling to keep alive after her husband had an affair with one of her close associates and working hard to forge a positive relationship with her college-aged daughter, who seems to feel nothing for her mother but contempt. Melanie is fighting morning sickness and trying to keep her pregnancy secret until the time is right to announce it to the world. Last, but not least, Dale is dating a new man, a political advisor who's in hot demand, while attempting to put aside her feelings for the married man with whom she was previously involved. Will the three women be able to perform to the best of their abilities while trying to keep their personal lives out of the headlines? Only time will tell.

MADAM PRESIDENT is an exciting novel, the third in a series by Washington insider (and “The View” co-host) Nicolle Wallace. While it can easily be read as a stand-alone, the story actually starts with EIGHTEEN ACRES and continues in IT'S CLASSIFIED. Readers with an interest in politics will truly enjoy the fast-paced action and plethora of political scandals that fill the book’s pages.

Reviewed by Amie Taylor on May 1, 2015

Madam President
by Nicolle Wallace

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
  • ISBN-10: 1476756902
  • ISBN-13: 9781476756905