Charlotte Walsh is a high-powered tech executive living in San Francisco, married and the mother of 5-year old twins, Ella & Rose, and 2-year old Annie. Following the historic 2016 election, she decides to run for the US Senate in her home state of Pennsylvania where she still has family and property. She moves her family there while she puts together her team and begins her campaign.
What this story is NOT is whether Charlotte wins. It’s about the realities for women running for political office in today’s toxic environment and whether Charlotte WANTS to win, is she willing to do what’s necessary to win. The stakes are incredibly high, both the potential rewards and the toll taken on family, friends and relationships. While I thought I knew what the challenges would possibly be, my imagination wasn’t quite broad enough to encompass the realities. Charlotte brings everything that’s made her successful in business to the campaign, as well as those insecurities unique to our gender…things men are never forced to consider or manage. Though her husband now stays home full time, expectations are different for working mothers.
I really liked Charlotte, even when she wasn’t likable as she’s a wonderfully designed character. She’s far from perfect but her exceptional skills, keen mind and humanity distinguishes her. This story is well written and kept me off balance from the onset. The author adeptly captures the insanity of our current politics, offering us relevant insights into what it takes for a woman to run today for any political office, especially a high profile one. The narrator consumed Charlotte, fitting into her skin and creating a vivid image of her in my mind while effectively portraying the other characters. The ending is provocative, perfectly fitting for the story. I’ll definitely be reading more by this author.
- Release Date: July 24, 2018
- Narrator: Talvia Gilbert
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 55 minutes
(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)