The Reluctant First Lady

The Reluctant First Lady

by Venita Ellick

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The Reluctant First Lady by Venita Ellick

Ashley Taylor has been straightforward with her husband, the president-elect of the United States. She supported his candidacy, but she has no intention of assuming the traditional role of First Lady—a position she describes as “First Hostess.” Instead, she will resume her own career as head of one of the largest art museums in New York. The aftermath of her decision triggers reactions from the public, news commentators, late night comedians, and other political factions. While Ashley and Michael wrestle with saving their marriage and preserving their professional lives, the country debates whether the role of First Lady is a necessity, how the media influences the lives of public figures, and how much a woman should sacrifice for the person she loves.

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ISBN-13: 9781612541334
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Venita Ellickwas fated to be a writer. She was named for a character in a book her mother was reading at the time of the birth. As a young girl, she spent so much time in libraries that librarians would save books for her almost daily visits. She began writing stories in the first grade, which her mother patiently read. The intervention of a career as an educator and raising three sons delayed her focus on writing, but she has now completed three novels.The Reluctant First Ladyis her fourth.Mistress of Mellynby Victoria Holt andPride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen captivated her as a teenager. The power and imagery of the printed word made her wonder what each heroine was thinking and feeling. She wanted to be the woman with the cape and hood standing on the edge of the cliff with the wind whipping around her. The mysteries that could be found in stories fascinated her and are echoed inThe Reluctant First Lady.Ellick draws on her experiences as a wife, mother, teacher, and principal to create her characters. Her sense of humor and recognition of the absurd and often whimsical nature of life have allowed her to capture her characters' lives with authenticity and emotional resonance. Venita and her husband David have experience as a two-career couple. They live on an island in the state of Washington.

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The Reluctant First Lady 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine the wife of a President-elect saying "No" to being a First Lady? Neither can I. You would imagine that before even deciding to run for the office, the would be candidate would sit down with his family and these things would be ironed out. In the case of our book, the wife has always contended she hated politics, would not be involved other than to help in the campaign and under no circumstances would be giving up her current job as manager of a museum in New York. Since this is a work of fiction we have something called suspension of disbelief working here. That is where you automatically accept things as true even though in real life you would never expect something like this would happen. Nevertheless, what would happen if one of our First Ladies had said NO to acting as our official hostess to the White House, etc.? This is a well written book. It is clear, concise, straight forward. The characters are well defined and mostly likable. If you notice, I hesitate. I liked this book, yet I am conflicted writing this review. I found it entertaining, but I could not get over my apprehensions toward The Reluctant First Lady ( Mrs. Ashley Taylor). I hate to brand her as selfish, or immature, or so delusional that she would let her husband down and not take her place at his side. She does present a problem as to what exactly is the role of the spouse to the President of the USA. If the President was a woman would we have the same expectations of her male spouse? He would be what the First Dude? Would he then have to worry about curtains, napkins, the menu and play all around super host? See my conflict? I never thought I would not be liberal in my thinking... are our preconceived thoughts of what the First Lady should be so ingrained in us that we fail to realize that place in our government was designed over 200 years ago and needs to change just to keep up with our society? Some aspects of the plot were left unresolved which makes me wonder if our author is planning a sequel. Comments?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After many years of Women's Liberation, women are still faced with prejudice judgment when they make career decisions.  Venita Ellick shines the light on women's  struggles to overcome the judgment of society when making personal decisions.  Her well told story captures the dilemma women face everyday.  This is an empowering book.  A must read for all women of all ages.