Monday, March 02, 2009
Laura Hayden's Red, White, And Blue ~ Reviewed
Red, White, And Blue
By Laura Hayden-
Published by Tyndale
Emily Benton is ready to take her place in the oval office, but her closest advisor, Kate Rosen, is plagued with doubts. As a person of faith, Kate owes her allegiance to a power higher than a mere political machine. And though Emily’s platform includes many faith-political initiatives, Kate fears that Emily has been corrupted by her quest for power. She is soon torn between helping Emily stay at the top – or bringing her down before she can remake America in her own image.
When scandal brings the presidency to the brink of disaster, Kate must weigh the bonds of loyalty and duty, ambition and submission, and choose to stand and fight...or walk away.
REVIEW: 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 suck her into a world of corruption. Because of the Clinton Administration’s real life drama, and scandals from shady land deals, murder and adultery, this story is believable.
I couldn’t 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-changing presidency. 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 well with. I was surprised to realize how powerful the Chief of Staff’s job was. The political process was quite intriguing to read as this story unfolds.
Presidents lose their privacy and can’t 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, “You’d be in the way, no you but your position. Your security needs. They’d have to spend precious time and manpower making sure you were safe. You’d be an unintentional disruption.” Wow, welcome to the world of being the President!! I totally enjoyed how Laura Hayden showed the human side of 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 can’t wait for the third installment of this story.
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent