Friday, January 29, 2021

Rachel to the Rescue
by Elinor Lipman 

Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Rachel Klein is sacked from her job at the White House after she sends an email criticizing Donald Trump. As she is escorted off the premises she is hit by a speeding car, driven by what the press will discreetly cal "a personal friend of the President." Does that explain the flowers, the get-well wishes at a press briefing, the hush money offered by a lawyer at her hospital bedside? Rachel’s recovery is soothed by comically doting parents, matchmaking room-mates, a new job as aide to a journalist whose books aim to defame the President, and unexpected love at the local wine store. But secrets leak, and Rachel’s new-found happiness has to make room for more than a little chaos. Will she bring down the President? Or will he manage to do that all by himself? Rachel to the Rescue is a mischievous political satire, with a delightful cast of characters, from one of America’s funniest novelists. 


Kritters Thoughts:  Rachel Klein is fired from her job at the White House for sending one of those reply all emails - either we have all received or sent one of those!  On her way out, she ends up in an accident and the driver of the vehicle will change the course of her life in more ways than one!

It was interesting to read a book that not only dealt with the Trump presidency but dove into the COVID pandemic and have the characters lives be interrupted by the changes made to everyday life due to the health crisis.  I read the book in the middle of December and I am glad I waited until after the election and the vaccine was on the way because I am not sure I would have enjoyed this book if I had read it during election season!

For me this book was good, not great but good.  It was funny to see the fiction being depicted - knowing the truth and seeing some fiction was entertaining.  There might have been a moment or two where I wish it was fact!  

This was my first Elinor Lipman read and I am intrigued to read more, maybe a book that isn't so much about the 46th president.


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 131 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Wunderkind PR  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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