This book continues where the first book left off, with Emily winning the election and is now the first female president of the United States. In this book, as the White House Chief of Staff, Kate is put in a position where she has to be the public mouth, eyes and ears for Emily. This puts her in a compromising place because she doesn't agree with everything Emily does, yet since this is her best friend and her boss, she must do what she is told.I am not really sure though why Kate keeps agreeing to stay with Emily. From the beginning of the series, it is obvious that the two differ on almost everything politically, emotionally and value wise. I know they have been best friends for a long time, but even so the relationship feels like Emily has been using Kate for a very long time. It gets more and more obvious in this book that Emily doesn't really care about Kate and is more interested in gaining grounds for own personal gain. This is at the expense of even Kate's family members who have trusted Emily their entire lives. It just makes Kate seem like a pushover or a doormat in that she lets Emily get away with whatever she wants or that she is completely clueless to her friend's true nature. I think the biggest issue in the book is that it appears to be difficult to be a Christian AND be a successful politician at the same time. Overall I did really like this book. I didn't feel it to be very preachy even though Kate makes it clear that she's a Christian throughout the book. The story ends on a cliffhanger so there better be another book in the series or else I will be very disappointed! Again, this is another great political suspense novel and one that I really enjoyed reading. I really cannot wait to read the next book in the series, hopefully I won't have to wait til the next election to do so!
I read book #1 months ago, and before I read #2, I went back and re-read the first. What a series::: makes you wonder if things like this could, or has already happened with our goverment. Not too many books stick in my mind after I finish reading them like this series has done. Laura Hayden, please don't let us wait to long for the next book to come out. Oh- did I say that I love this story? (yes,yes,yes)
Red, White and Blue is quite a page-turning, riveting sequel to "America the Beautiful". Emily Benton wins the election, and Kate Rosen decides if she can be the Chief of Staff to her friend Emily, the President of the United States of America. Kate struggles with being faithful to God by doing the right thing, as she is thrust into the middle of this political machine that wants to suckher into a world of corruption. Because of the Clinton Administrations real life drama, and scandals from shady land deals,murder and adultery, this story is believable.I couldnt help but reflect on how our president elect took his oath of office earlier this year as I read about Emily Benton - first female President. Like our current President, this is a life-changingpresidency. The author captures behind the scene details that are fascinating to discover. This story begins with election night and with all its parties. Soon Emily Benton takes her oath to the country and sets up the Presidential cabinet. It's amazing how crucial it is to have people around the President who they can trust and work wellwith. I was surprised to realize how powerful the Chief of Staffs job was. The political process was quite intriguing to read as this story unfolds.Presidents lose their privacy and cant do the things that they used to do soon after being elected. Kate say to President Benton, you can't go to the hospital in the ambulance, Youd be in the way, notyou but your position. Your security needs. Theyd have to spend precious time and manpower making sure you were safe. Youd be an unintentional disruption. Wow, welcome to the world of being the President!! I totally enjoyed how Laura Hayden showed the human sideof the Presidency, along with the entire political process they live day in and day out. Hold on to your seat; you will be at the edge of your chair reading this one. I cant wait for the third installment ofthis story.www.psalm516.blogspot.com
The story begins with the transition of power from one party to another. This is a good time to read a book about a new president taking office. It is interesting to experience the workings of the White House. The inaugural balls, the lobbyists, the Oval Office, even the White House kitchen are topics covered.Overall, it's a good read. I enjoyed it, and I trust you will too.