Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Quick Pick book review and GIVEAWAY: Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, by Jo Piazza

  • Opening lines:Tell people one true thing before you tell them a lie. Then it will be easier for them to believe the lie.

    It wasn't the best advice Marty Walsh ever gave to his daughter Charlotte, but it had stuck with her for almost forty years.
  • Reason I picked up the book: It sounded like the type of book I typically enjoy.
  • And what's this book about?
  • From Jo Piazza, the bestselling author of The Knock Off, How to Be Married, and Fitness Junkie, comes an exciting, insightful novel about what happens when a woman wants it all—political power, a happy marriage, and happiness—but isn’t sure just how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. 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. A searing, suspenseful story of political ambition, marriage, class, sexual politics, and infidelity, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is an insightful portrait of what it takes for a woman to run for national office in America today. In a dramatic political moment like no other with more women running for office than ever before, Jo Piazza’s novel is timely, engrossing, and perfect for readers on both sides of the aisle.
    • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys books about politics, women, or both.
      • Favorite paragraph: Meeting someone in real life after they've been your nemesis for more than a year was like meeting a character from a book that you didn't particularly like.
        • Something to know: I'd love this to be a movie some day! My ideal casting would be James Marsden as Max and Jennifer Garner as Charlotte.
        • What I would have changed: The ending ... it's more vague than I wanted it to be.
        • Overall rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
        • Where can I find this book? Click here to pre-order on Amazon - the book will be released on July 24.
        *Disclosure: I received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley, for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.


        *Three* of my lucky readers will win a copy of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win!

        Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, July 18th, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be contacted via email the next day and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner(s) will be chosen.

        U.S. residents only, please.

        Good luck!

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