"An elegantly crafted novel, "The Reluctant First Lady" clearly documents author Venita Ellick as an
exceptionally accomplished writer able to skillfully weave memorable characters into a riveting story
line from beginning to end. As engaging as it is entertaining, "The Reluctant First Lady" is highly
recommended for both personal reading lists and community library contemporary fiction collections."
~ Midwest Book Review – August 2013
"Get ready for a change of pace and a quick touchdown into the political and personal lives of the president
and the first lady. It may not be at all what one would expect, especially since this wife of a president has
decided to forego the title and most of the responsibilities of “first lady.” Ashley Taylor prefers to continue,
with no interruptions or distractions, her high-powered job at the Cameron Museum of Art in the Big Apple. She has
told her husband, Michael, about her plans since before his campaign began, but he has always been hoping she
would change her mind if he got elected. When Michael, his staff, and a significant portion of the public nay-say
her decision, Ashley goes to great lengths, including ditching the Secret Service bodyguards and literally
running away, to pull her life into the shape she wants it to be in. She does come to realize she will indeed
have to make some sacrifices and, in the end, compromise wins the day---but not without some interesting and
quite creative solutions.
With a premise that challenges both mind and emotion, The Reluctant First Lady is a fun, energy-charged read.
Ellick provides a perfect balance of thought, action, and dialogue, along with well-timed back-story of the main
characters, and she definitely gets the reader thinking, 'What if?'"
~ ForeWord Reviews – Fall 2013
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Coming September 2013!
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