- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Books on Tape; Unabridged edition (April 1 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736647635
- ISBN-13: 978-0736647632
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7 x 15.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
First Lady Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Setting: Contemporary eastern and midwestern America
Daughter of a powerful politician and widow of an assassinated president, Cornelia (Nealy) Litchfield Case has spent her entire life under Secret Service and media scrutiny. When her father insists that she continue the first lady's social duties for the new bachelor president, she instead resolves to break out of her glamorous prison and live life as a normal American. She knows that she can't elude the Secret Service forever, but every moment of anonymity is priceless.
Mat Jorik is a pushover for a female in trouble. When his ex-wife dies and leaves him her two daughters, he agrees to drive them from the East Coast to their grandmother's Iowa home. They haven't gone far when he takes pity on another female and offers her a ride in return for her care of the baby and teenager. Nealy accepts his offer. Little does she know when she climbs into the Winnebago that she's about to lose her heart to two kids and a handsome man who she thinks is a steelworker. When Nealy discovers his real job, Mat may wish he'd confessed earlier. In the meantime, they're off on an adventure, the likes of which Nealy's never had before. But the Secret Service is hot on Nealy's trail and despite her best efforts, she's bound to be caught. The question is, what will happen to this slapdash family when they're found?
Wonderful characters are what you expect from Phillips, and that's exactly what you get here: a heroine with strong convictions about everything from letting a baby eat cheese curls off the floor to morals in politics; a hero who adamantly denies that he likes females even as he's saving and taking care of them; and two children that will pluck your heartstrings like they've never been plucked before. They spar their way through a wild trip on the road to happiness, making for a book that's funny, romantic, and just plain fun to read. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
Take a widowed First Lady on the run, add a discredited journalist looking for a story, toss in a pair of intriguing orphaned sisters for good measure, and you have the unlikely ingredients for another of Phillips's brilliant romantic romps, deftly combining laughter and love with real women's issues and served up with a sophisticated flair. Creative plotting adds sparkle, and entertaining, well-drawn secondary characters round out the novel, but it is the growing, healing relationship between the protagonists and how they finally form a family that touches the heartstrings and makes this contemporary romance an unforgettable read. A past master at taking a startling but just believable premise and making it work, Phillips (Lady Be Good) has won several RITA awards and lives in the Chicago area.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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SEP has done an excellent job of making feelings just jump off the pages. There are a multitude of characters that added so many special parts to the story. I can't recommend it enough to those that enjoy a warm, funny, heart-wrenching, courageous romance with a really sexy hero & a strong, intelligent heroine, & great sense of family. This is the reason I love SEP's writing.
I have no idea how they could fall for each other, unless, of course, one believes in babies being reason enough for a happily ever after. Likewise, Mat's behaviour is boorish and immature for too long in the story, I can't help but to pity the heroine who, undoubtedly, would have to babysit babies all her life here onwards.
And the epilogue makes me cringe, because since dear Cornelia shows little authority or charisma in the story... the epilogue makes me wince on behalf of the rest of USA in FL.
The author has the knack for making endearing bad boy heroes - Kenny Traveler in "Lady Be Good" (which I recommend wholeheartedly) for one. But Mat just doesn't end up right, the whole romance lacks color or life, and most of FL is reminiscent of everything cliched about contemporary romances.
Definitely not the best SEP romance out there.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips has written a sensational story that truly crosses the border into women's fiction. The romance is underdeveloped but the evolving affection between Nealy, Mat, and the girls is wonderfully written. Phillips does an excellent job of developing this foursome into an odd patchwork of a family by giving us insight into Lucy whose adolescence puts her at an awkward stage but whose love for her baby sister takes precedence above everything else. As a romance "First Lady" is perhaps not the best, but seeing it through the eyes of Nealy makes it a wonderful journey of self-discovery.
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