The Lucky Onesby Doris Mortman, Kathleen O'Malley
The Lucky Ones is the sweeping story of four women bound by friendship, secrets, and an invincible will to succeed. As the Presidential election heats up, the stage is set for last-minute power plays and explosive political intrigue as each woman competes in the highly charged, male-dominated arena where winning is everything. Zoe Vaughn has just been named foreign… See more details below
The Lucky Ones is the sweeping story of four women bound by friendship, secrets, and an invincible will to succeed. As the Presidential election heats up, the stage is set for last-minute power plays and explosive political intrigue as each woman competes in the highly charged, male-dominated arena where winning is everything. Zoe Vaughn has just been named foreign policy advisor to Ben Knight, a widowed Democratic senator making a bid for the Presidency - and Zoe's first love. They met at Harvard, but their ambitions led them down separate paths. Now, twenty years later, their lives once again converge. Yet they both harbor secrets from the world and from each other...secrets their unscrupulous enemies will not hesitate to use against them. Georgie Hughes is a congresswoman from a powerfully connected Texas dynasty. The wife of a philanderer, who has always done what others expected of her, she stuns everyone when she is nominated for Vice President on the Republican ticket. But her illicit love affair could destroy her dreams of office...and unearth a shameful episode from her past. Celia Porter has come a long way from Florida beauty queen to Harvard-educated journalist for a national television network. Having won the coveted spot of chief reporter covering the election, she can't risk having her old sins exposed...even if it means betraying a cherished friend. Kate Siegel is still reeling from the tragedy that rocked her world and estranged her from her husband. Founding a group to protect children against sex criminals was her way of fighting back. But when she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, she finds herself torn between two of her closest friends from opposing political parties...and between a reconciliation with her husband and a love affair with someone new. Friends Enemies. Lovers. They are all players in a high-stakes game of power and politics only one can win. It is a race that will sweep from Texas to Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., wh
The upcoming election, year unspecified, in Mortman's latest (True Colors, 1995, etc.) might just as well be a reunion of the Yale Law School, class of 1960-something. Everyone here is, rather improbably, either a former classmate, related by blood, marriage, oreven less likelythe former lover of at least two other characters. Even the twin protagonists, foreign-policy expert Zoë Vaughn and Democratic presidential candidate Ben Knight, were college lovers at Harvard; a series of misunderstandings led to their breakup and Ben's marriage to Felicia, a relative of Zoë's best friend, the TV journalist Celia Porter. Now Felicia is dead (thanks to a car accident) and Ben wants Zoë to join his campaign: Trouble with the former Soviet Union and a kidnapping plot (which is almost as confusing as the character list) require a foreign policy expert with a firm touch, and Zoë's the tops. Meanwhile, popular Texas congresswoman and die-hard party supporter Georgie Hughes (a younger version of Ann Richards) is working for the Republican candidate Scottie Edwards; she's also part of an old circle of friends that includes Zoë, Celia, Ben, and Kate Siegel. Kate is the grassroots founder of a popular organization called NOMORE, formed to keep people who've committed crimes against children in prisonand, as such, a valuable asset to any campaign. Zoë is determined to help Ben as best she can and, of course, would love to see Edwards lose. She's not quite prepared, however, for the rekindling of old flames.
Fortunately for some, miserably for others, the past comes back to haunt just about everyone in this character- and subplot- packed book. A little pruning would serve Mortman well in the future.
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