Thursday, May 30, 2013

From Years Past: Eighteen Acres


Eighteen Acres by Nicholle Wallace


Yes, ladies and gents, we have the first female US President Charlotte Kramer presiding over the White House and its eighteen acres. A married mother of two will soon be facing re-election and with her female Chief of Staff, Melanie Kingston, by her side the United States is theirs for the taking. Not so fast because of course there is scandal in the mix in the form of a cheating husband. The First Man is having an affair with a member of the press that works closely with the White House known as Dale Smith. Now the fun really begins. The story revolves around these three ladies and the choices women today have to make when it comes to having careers. One situation examines family and how being the leader of the free world can have its draw back. Another situation examines how you can move up the chain of command and yet be steps away (literally) from where you started at. The most controversial situation surrounds that of loving a married man and how things change when the affair is no longer private.

          Nicholle Wallace did a great job with this story. As cliché as it sounds, this story was as accurate as you can imagine when it comes to acceptance of the roles we have chosen to live in our lives. We make decisions every day and our decisions affect other people and it is in those moments when we can truly look at ourselves and examine who we are. Each of these women had goals about life and love and careers and they were at the peak of these goals when they realized that other things were lacking. Eighteen Acres examines the complexity of being a woman and having to make sacrifices for love, for family, for self and for you career. Yes I recommend this book because not only was it well written but it was a great story that I believe many people can relate to.

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