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The President's Wife - Tracey Enerson Wood

Author: Tracey Enerson Wood

Started: July 8, 2023

Finished: July 7, 2023

Format: Digital

Genre: Historical Fiction

Edith Bolling is in no rush to remarry after losing her first husband, even though President Woodrow Wilson is courting her. When she does accept his proposal, she prepares for her life to be turned upside down. She quickly becomes the President's closest confidante and advisor on worldly matters. When the President becomes extremely ill, Edith speaks to his advisors and helps with decision-making as her husband recovers. Theirs is a political love story of adoration and respect.

There are two things to know before reading a Tracey Enerson Wood novel: 1. It will be a slow-paced read and 2. She is loquacious. She does her research and tries to fit every piece of information into her stories once you realize that you will enjoy her writing. Now as for the main character, Edith, she allows personal grudges to guide her feelings and thoughts which often does not help while making long-range decisions. One thing this novel has me curious about is whether Wilson was truly as romantic as the story makes him out to be. If true, it borders on overwhelming and akin to today's definition of love bombing. The story was well told but the pace was unusually slow and I found myself distracted by outside things. Although this was not one of my favorite reads, I could see this being perfect for someone who likes a good slow but steady read.

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