Friday, October 28, 2016

Madame Presidentess
by Nicole Evelina

Publisher: Lawson Gartner Publishing
Pages: 400
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.


Kritters Thoughts:  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.  

Last Thursday, I reviewed a book called The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah Bates and I was excited to see her make an appearance in this book.  I love when my reading intertangles and "characters" or people from one book pop up in another!

I hope that Nicole Evelina tackles another time and place in history and I can't wait to see what it could be.  I will be on the lookout for what is coming from her next.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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