Friday, June 28, 2013

Domestic Affairs: A Campaign Novel

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): When twentysomething political fund-raiser Olivia Greenley gets tapped to work on the presidential campaign of Georgia governor, Landon Taylor, it’s her dream job. Her best friend in the world is the campaign manager, and Taylor is a decent, charismatic idealist, with a real chance to be a great leader. Sacrificing her sleep, comfort, friends, family and income for a year to make the world a better place is the right call, but what happens when both Campaign Lesson #1, No Kissing the Boss, and Lesson #2, Loyalty Above All, go down in flames before the first primary? 

Bridget Siegel, veteran of the John Edwards and President Obama campaigns, vividly captures the idealism and chaos, as well as the emotional heat and corruption, of the candidate’s bubble. What becomes of Olivia’s best friends when she must keep from them the biggest secret of her life?   Is the candidate a true romantic or a political hypocrite? How far can she go to justify her happiness?

Told with savvy, humor, and delicious inside-the-Beltway detail, Domestic Affairs is a page-turning tale of love on the campaign trail—and its consequences—from a consummate political insider.

My Review:  Domestic Affairs was a great read!  Perfect anytime of the year!

Favorite Character(s):  My favorite character was without a doubt Olivia. I think it would be so fun to get to do everything she did (well almost). The exotic parties, rubbing elbows with who's who, working so closely with the potential next president.....all that blows my mind!  Of course, she is missing what really counts in life and never gets to sleep.  

Setting:  The book really takes place in many different locations.  I loved the locations and descriptions of the fundraising parties.  Oh how others live!  

Fast read/slow read:  I think this was an "in-between" read.  It wasn't fast or slow for me.  It was interesting enough to keep me engaged.  

Cover:  Oh yes, I liked it!

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Domestic Affairs was a great read.  I really have no doubt that "the stuff" in the book happens in the real political scene/campaigning.  I am not sure why, but I wanted it to be a little more "steamy."  It is probably my summer mood. It was a lot a fun trying to figure out who the different characters are in "real life."  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would!

Meet the Author:  Bridget Siegel has worked on political campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, she is now an actor, writer, and political consultant. She lives in New York City.

Connect:  You can connect with Bridget online at her websiteFacebookTwitterPinterst and GoodReads

Purchase:  You can purchase Domestic Affairs online from Amazon for $15.99.

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