Red, White, and Blue

Red, White, and Blue

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by Laura Hayden

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Emily Benton has won the office of president but as she waits to assume that office, her closest adviser, Kate Rosen, is plagued with doubts. As a Christian, Kate owes her allegiance to a higher power. When a scandal brings the president to the brink of disaster, Kate must weigh the bonds of loyalty and duty, ambition and submission, and find a path that leads to the…  See more details below


Emily Benton has won the office of president but as she waits to assume that office, her closest adviser, Kate Rosen, is plagued with doubts. As a Christian, Kate owes her allegiance to a higher power. When a scandal brings the president to the brink of disaster, Kate must weigh the bonds of loyalty and duty, ambition and submission, and find a path that leads to the greater glory of God.

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In this continuing saga about the first female U.S. president (after America the Beautiful), Emily Benton's chief advisor, Kate Rosen, begins to doubt her allegiance when scandal rocks the new administration.

—Tamara Butler

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Red, White, and Blue 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book picks up where the first one left off, with Kate Rosen trying to rectify her faith and her friendship. Serving as the White House Chief of Staff, Kate's decision is made even more difficult when an accidental death reveals a scandal that may stretch all the way to the Oval Office. To add an additional degree of complexity, Kate finds herself attracted to Nick, Emily's ex-husband.

Again, the issues of faith and friendship are examined amid the backdrop of the inauguration hoopla and a new President's first few months in office. It's remarkable to read this while the celebration of a new Presidency unfolds on every TV and every newspaper.

This book is well written, its characters are very engaging and the plot is very imaginative and well-researched. I enjoyed it very much. I hope there are additional books because I care about Kate and want her to eventually be able to change her friend.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this series as I had originally read it during the 2008 election and had been swept up in political fever. Now that I live up in the DC metro area, It's totally surrounding me 24/7. I also really enjoy reading books set in this area as it's always fun to see places I've been to or recognize. 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. As I said about the first book, I was really glad to see a book about a female president where she became president by winning the election and not because she was Vice President and the former president died or resigned. 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. While it is possible to be both, one needs to be cutthroat and have to do some dishonest things in order to get ahead and be at the top. Since I'm not in politics, I can't say whether or not this is true, but sometimes I wonder if this really is the case in real life. 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TBCN More than 1 year ago
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, not 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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Emily Benton is elected President of the United States. The first female PROTUS asks her best friend Kate Rosen to be her Chief of Staff; a position in which the President must fully trust the aide to provide poignant often unwelcome truths and honest advice.

Kate has doubts about accepting the job as she is a deeply religious person who fears the corruption of the White House will cause her to slip from her first loyalty to God. However, she rationalizes her decision by thinking she can bring the Lord¿s Commandments into a place where avaricious grabbing of more power is everything and faith is left behind in the pack of disregarded morals. Whatever she chooses, Kate will be tested by friendship, belief, and loyalty especially when scandal erupts over a corpse.

The timing is perfect with the Inauguration of a new President as RED, WHITE, AND BLUE provides deep insight into the changing of the guard, who has easy access, and everyday life inside the White House (not just the Oval Office). Emily is an interesting first female president as she makes decisions that at times pamper her support group at the cost of the greater good (must be the first commandment of politicians). Kate with her vacillation and her change from idealist to doubting cynic makes a case that there is little room for a truly deep religious person in political DC even running the faith based initiatives program whose function is to pamper the PROTUS support base. Her relationship with Emily¿s former husband Nick seems ingenuous and fake though key to a unique triangle power struggle. Still fans will enjoy this fine look at the White House through mostly the lens of a deeply devoted religious person.

Harriet Klausner
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
The first female president is Emily--a lady who gains the job because she is the best candidate--not because she is a female. Her BFF, Kate, has a decision to make. Should she accept the position of Chief of Staff? That sounds like a no-brainer, but when the author throws some twists into the mix, this becomes an interesting mystery story. There's an accident--or is it a murder?

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.

The only flaw is that the characters are hard to figure out. Right to the end, I could not decided whether or not to trust Nick, Emily's ex-husband. Kate seems to vacillate too much when trying to figure out her direction. I question her relationship with Nick; it doesn't ring true.

Overall, it's a good read. I enjoyed it, and I trust you will too.