Forty-eight years before women were granted the right to vote, one woman dared to run for President of the United States, yet her name has been virtually written out of the history books.
Rising from the shame of an abusive childhood, Victoria Woodhull, the daughter of a con-man and a religious zealot, vows to follow her destiny, one the spirits say will lead her out of poverty to “become ruler of her people.”
But the road to glory is far from easy. A nightmarish marriage teaches Victoria that women are stronger and deserve far more credit than society gives. Eschewing the conventions of her day, she strikes out on her own to improve herself and the lot of American women.
Over the next several years, she sets into motion plans that shatter the old boys club of Wall Street and defile even the sanctity of the halls of Congress. But it’s not just her ambition that threatens men of wealth and privilege; when she announces her candidacy for President in the 1872 election, they realize she may well usurp the power they’ve so long fought to protect.
Those who support her laud “Notorious Victoria” as a gifted spiritualist medium and healer, a talented financial mind, a fresh voice in the suffrage movement, and the radical idealist needed to move the nation forward. But those who dislike her see a dangerous force who is too willing to speak out when women are expected to be quiet. Ultimately, “Mrs. Satan’s” radical views on women’s rights, equality of the sexes, free love and the role of politics in private affairs collide with her tumultuous personal life to endanger all she has built and change how she is viewed by future generations.
This is the story of one woman who was ahead of her time – a woman who would make waves even in the 21st century – but who dared to speak out and challenge the conventions of post-Civil War America, setting a precedent that is still followed by female politicians today.
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About the Author
Nicole Evelina is a historical fiction, non-fiction, and women’s fiction author whose five books – Daughter of Destiny, Camelot’s Queen, Been Searching for You, Madame Presidentess and The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend (nonfiction) – have won more than 30 awards, including three Book of the Year designations. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. Nicole is currently working on Mistress of Legend (September 15), the final novel in her Guinevere's Tale historical fantasy trilogy and researching two future non-fiction books. She also teaches online writing and business classes for authors at Professional Author Academy. You can find her online at http://nicoleevelina.com/.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Nearly fifty years before women were granted the right to vote, Victoria Woodhull ran for President of the United States. The ballot in 1872 included the Equal Rights Party; Victoria was the presidential candidate and Frederick Douglass, a former slave, was the vice-presidential candidate. This historical fictional work is certainly riveting. In Madame Presidentess, author Nicole Evelina relates the story of this little-known woman. Victoria was born in a small Ohio town, to an alcoholic, conniving father and an unbalanced, religious-zealot mother. Victoria and her sister Tennie had the gift of talking to spirits, and her father schemed to take advantage of this gift. Thinking she was leaving this abusive home, Victoria married Dr. Canning Woodhull, also a dishonest and abusive man. By following the guidance of her spirit guide Demosthenes, she created an incredible life of wealth and fame. Her second marriage to James Blood, and her beliefs in Free Love and equal rights for women had its great moments, as well as many adversities. Author Nicole Evelina presents a realistic and fascinating account of a woman who should be recognized in the history books in her novel Madame Presidentess. Ms. Evelina is certainly a skilled storyteller and writer. The book depicts an era of great change, and the author captures the morals and laws of the time affecting all women. How Victoria Woodhull challenged the leaders and moral standards of the day is certainly an important lesson. This excellent book is required reading for anyone trying to understand the roots of the fight for women’s equal rights.
We are proud to announce that MADAME PRESIDENTESS by Nicole Evelina is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Review Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A book that takes place before women can vote and before women really had a say in their own futures beyond being a good wife and mother. This book takes our society back in time when women were helpmates and that was the goal in life. My how times have changed and I am so thankful! Bare with me as I am a book blogger and that is where I will always be, but it was very interesting to read this book in the life and times that we are having now as the election nears us. I don't care how you will vote, but as a female it is at least interesting to see a female in the race backed by a major party. This book reminded me how it wasn't too long ago that women were given a voice via a ballot and the power that that voice is. I am so glad I was able to vote in this election whether it was for a female or not, just being able to vote is a privilege that I will no longer take for granted.
A true American heroine. This volume of historical fiction tells the story of Victoria Woodhull, candidate for US president in 1872. It gave me a new appreciation for the strong, determined women of the suffrage movement. Victoria was a survivor, born into poverty and a family containing addicts, spiritualists, and abuse. She did not allow the lack of a formal education stop her from learning the stockbroker trade – she and her sister were the first women to open a brokerage firm – starting her own weekly paper, or becoming a lecturer much in demand. Told in the first person, this well researched account takes you deep inside the social problems and unrest of the 1860’s and 70’s. It’s good to be reminded that woman’s suffrage and equal rights is a much broader topic than voting. I’d recommend this novel for any reader interested in US history and social justice. (five stars)
I enjoyed this story especially being in an election year and another female running. I don't know if I would have voted for Victoria back then because of her free love stand. Most of the other parts of her platform were wonderful. I had never heard of her before and I have read many books. She would have had her own reality show these days with that family of hers. I received a copy of this from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion.