When I first heard this was a mash between Sex and the City and The West Wing, I was sold. The wittiness of one matched with the binge-worthiness of the other? I will tell you it favors the former. More like if Sex and the City was set in Washington DC.
Campaign Widows switches narration between several campaign widows, those who are left in Washington DC while their significant others travel on the campaign trail during election season.
I will be honest. I had a little trouble keeping track of all the main characters along with the supporting players, especially at the beginning. There are a lot. My suggestion is to give yourself a good chunk of pages when you get started so you can get through everyone a couple times and absorb it all.
My favorite character was Reagan, a speechwriter/mommy blogger trying to navigate the current election with her husband on the road while she chased after twins. She was completely relatable and I loved her witty one-liners. You could tell the author has a writing and pop culture background.
I did enjoy reading about all the highs and lows of the campaigns, especially given the current political climate in the U.S. This story is pure escapist fun and would be perfect for a beach read or your summer vacation. I could easily see this as a TV show or miniseries and it would be a lot more fun to watch than the news we are seeing these days.
My thanks to Wunderkind PR for the review copy.
About the author: A former “campaign widow,” Aimee Agresti is the author of the Gilded Wings trilogy for young adults. She’s also an entertainment journalist—who’s interviewed everyone from George Clooney to Angelina Jolie—and a former staff writer for Us Weekly, where she penned the coffee table book Inside Hollywood and continues to contribute to the magazine’s series of stand-alone collector’s issues on stars ranging from Taylor Swift to Princess Diana.