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From the former Communications Director for the White House and current political media strategist comes a suspenseful and smart commercial novel about the first female president and all dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love.

Eighteen Acres, a description used by political insiders when referring to the White House complex, follows the first female Pr
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Atria Books
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Holly
I had hopes that the author, a Washington insider, would provide an interesting story of the first woman president. What I found was thinly disguised "chick lit" that never became a Harlequin romance novel but basically never became a book worth reading either. Boring and just never captured my attention fully. I kept reading it in hopes that it would get better but it never did.
April Plummer
I enjoyed this book, though I think the premise is why I gave it only 3 stars.

The things I liked:

I liked that even though I wanted to hate Dale and Peter, the two carrying on an extramarital affair, I couldn't. I empathized with them for some reason, despite the fact that my first marriage ended because of my husband's affair. I think this speaks well of Wallace's writing ability.

I also empathized with Charlotte and Melanie. I loved Charlotte being the first woman president and thought her story
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Joanna
Eighteen Acres is essentially poli sci chick lit. It's fluffy, it's fun, and it's probably the most frivolous novel about a female president that you'll ever read.

I loved how the story revolved around powerful women - the President, her female Chief of Staff, and a leading White House Correspondent - but also showed a ton of amazing women in orbit around them. The Secretary of State is a woman, the opposition party candidate is a woman, the surprise vice presidential nominee is a woman, etc. Thi
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Katrina Spencer
When I got this book in the mail, I groaned a little. A book about politics? I couldn’t be the least bit interested. Being a retired hairstylist, the two things that were drilled into our head was to not talk about two subjects—religion and politics. But Nicolle Wallace’s debut novel Eighteen Acres, is more about the life in the White House. And my friends, I must admit I was fascinated.

The tale follows three women—Charlotte Kramer, the 45th president of the United States and the first woman to
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Lyn
It's the week before Christmas and I have come down with the flu and what is beside my bed but Eighteen Acres. It was a quick read and like many who read the book stated, it is chick lit with a political spin to it. It kept me turning the pages to see what was going on but it was more like a good movie than great literature. After a visit to the White House just a few years ago, it was fun to read about the inside structure and some of the things that go on in there. I don't know whether the boo ...more
Tara Chevrestt
This is going to be a short review. While I enjoyed the book for the most part, it didn't really impact me much, neither in a good way nor a bad.

In this novel, we me Charlotte Kramer, the first woman president of the U.S. This series caught my eye on Edelweiss where book three was posted. I picked this up so I would understand what was going on in book three and because it interested me.

It felt strange to me, this novel, like it was a sequel. But this is book one. I liked what there was of Charl
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Samantha Janning
While I can’t say politics are my niche, I was looking forward to reading the debut by Nicolle Wallace, Eighteen Acres. A story about the first female president and all the adversities she must face, I knew I wanted to get this on my list. Charlotte Kramer, forty-fifth president of the United States, is up for reelection and it is up to her and friend/White House chief of staff Melanie Kingston to ensure she stays in office for a second term. Melanie, who has spent fifteen years working in the W ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

Former G W Bush Communications Director Nicole Wallace takes into the 18 acre White House Complex of the 1st female President, Charlotte Kramer, her Chief of Staff, Melanie Kingston, and White House TV Correspondent, Dale Smith. All three are complex and powerful. Kramer is running for re-election. Her poll numbers are down. The economy is in the tank, her marriage is troubled. Whispered rumors, among the White House Press Corp, are someone in the First Family is having an affair. Dale
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Jack
Like many former insiders who decide to write fiction novels based upon their own experience (I am thinking primarily of Richard Clarke), the writing could have used a bit more work and polish as the beginning of the book starts off with some girl talk of Dior purses and Marc Jacob bags. I am not sure if the author was planning to ward off men from reading the book, but thankfully, it never devolves into a Harlequin romance novel. It focuses more on the personal lives of the characters and there ...more
Rhonda
This was a great novel, I had never heard of it before...a friend gave it to me. Surprised this isn't more well-known. The story revolves around three main female characters...Charlotte---President of the United States (yes, for real), Melanie---White House Chief of Staff, and Dale---White House Correspondent. Chapters are told from each woman's point of view. Charlotte is up for re-election and things are heating up...on the home front with her cheating husband, and in Afghanistan when a seriou ...more
Heather Shugarman
A handful of people told me they didn't care for the story much, but still recommended I read this because of my love of all things Presidential.

I really enjoyed this book! I enjoy novels which tell overlapping stories through several characters points of view - and that's exactly what this book did. I liked that I constantly was envisioning scenes from The West Wing - what happens every time I read anything set in the White House. I liked that some chapters were 2 pages, and other were 10.

I al
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Janice
I've seen Nicolle Wallace on a few talk shows recently and I really wanted to like this book more because I think I really like her.

I think the story's concept is stronger than the final product.

The opening scene really speaks to the story's weakness--i.e. it's a story about women, so we need to toss in obligatory details like designer handbags as a symbol of how powerful women fill the void in their lives with things....the story got better from there, but I can't shake the feeling that the a
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Ethan
Charlotte Kramer is making history. As the first female President of the United States, she faces even greater scrutiny than her predecessors. Working closely with her Secretary of Defense, Charlotte has made great strides in the Middle East. After years of violence and political turmoil, the region prepares to hold its first truly democratic election. Charlotte is proud of the amount of good she has accomplished in her three years on the job, but she knows that she needs to do more to secure a ...more
Mary
I was surprised by this book!

Nicollet Wallace is one of the new ladies on The View. I did not know that she wrote any books until they mentioned her third book that came out last week Madam President. So I thought I would look and see if she had others. Well, I am glad I did she is a very good author and I enjoyed reading her first novel very much.

It tells the story of the first female president and the hardships she faces in her office and the trials her assistants face with life and real lives
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Laura
Not exactly a literary masterpiece, but an entertaining light read, and a bit of a page turner. It had a bit of a "West Wing" feel to it at times, which I enjoyed. (It's not as good as The West Wing of course, but then, not much is!) I definitely plan to read the sequel.
Elspeth
This is a fun, light book set at the White House. If you've spent any time working in DC, or know someone who has, then you'll probably enjoy this book better than someone who hasn't. The author captures some of the crazy spirit of this place pretty well.
Nancye
I read about this book when it first came out and was intrigued. When it was on sale for kindle recently I decided I should give it a try. I always say that I like certain books because they have strong female characters. This book is chock full of them. Apparently I did not pay close attention when this one came out because I did not realize the President in it was a woman. So is the Chief of Staff and later on opponents and VP candidates in the re-election. Nicolle Wallace managed to combine p ...more
pianogal
I wanted to like this one a little more than I did. First I thought it would be like 24 - all intrigue and explosions. And while there was an explosion, it only lasted 2 pages. Could have played this angle up a little more.

I'm also a little frustrated because of course the first women's president husband has to cheat on her with a younger newsreporter. Really? We had to deal with that stereotype. Just because a woman is powerful, doesn't mean her husband feels emasculated and needs to find a dif
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Melyssa
This novel about the first woman US president was a fun read that is a mix of The West Wing and a low-grade Jackie Collins novel. Not great literature but interesting.

Nicolle Wallace is a longtime political staffer, so she brings realism to the characters' jobs, and how they try to balance their work and their lives away from the office.

I didn't love the reporter character's relationship to the president's husband, and I really didn't buy the president's reactions to her. I did really like Mel
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VForr
Admittedly, I read this novel years ago, but my opinion of the series and Nicolle Wallace's writing has not changed. With the third installment in the series recently published, I read the series again from the beginning and still thoroughly enjoyed Eighteen Acres. The plot centers around three women including the first female president, the female chief of staff, and an important female journalist. The story was authentic, realistic, and suspenseful. The story has this unique, vivid element due ...more
kathie rosenblatt
Two words: Danielle Steele.
If I had to read one more time about how someone 'slipped on a pair' of designer shoes or 'fell into his arms' I think I'd wretch. Yuck.
Carol N
Having found myself confined to my bed with this spring's virus, I was intrigued by the review Whoopi Goldberg, gave this novel. With that in mind, I promptly ordered Eighteen Acres on my kindle. If you love a book about political characters, Wallace's book is for you. Speaking with experience, she provides the reader with a realistic point of view. Eighteen Acres is a novel about 3 women - Charlotte, the 45th President of the United States, Melanie, the White Chief of Staff, and Dale, televisio ...more
Helene
Disappointing; author was in WH with GWB; it is Danielle Steel at the WH.
Julie
As a former political staffer and huge The West Wing fan I was excited to see the premise of this book. I was however disappointed to find it difficult to get into the flow of the novel with the three rotating pov's and the cliché moments. Half the purpose of multiple pov's is to allow the reader insights other characters don't have but I feel like it failed to do this. Political detail was largely glossed over for plot tangents that were non starters. This book wasn't bad but it was far from wh ...more
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Derek Cook
Based on the description, I thought this book had promise as a political page-turner/drama/thriller. It started out pretty interesting. Good political intrigue, interesting plot. I kept waiting for the plot to thicken, for the political twist to come in and accelerate the story. Unfortunately, it soon began to dawn on me that there was no great political story forthcoming. The book was merely a romance novel/"chick flick" that used the White House and politics as the backdrop. I would have expec ...more
Stefanie
I love anything that relates to politics and Washington D.C.; Sammy's Hill and Sammy's House are two of my other favorites that this book immediately reminded me of. Eighteen Acres, however, was less of a chick-lit novel than Sammy's Hill, with just a little romance. Eighteen Acres follows three powerful women in D.C. politics: Charlotte, the President of the United States, Melanie, her Chief of Staff, and Dale, a rising White House news correspondent. Right away it becomes clear that these wome ...more
Elizabeth
I picked this book because of its interesting premise, though it sounded a bit far-fetched to me. The story is told from the perspective of three women- Charlotte Kramer, US President; Melanie, her Chief of Staff; and Dale, "the other woman" and news anchor. I enjoyed the "inside view" of how exhausting and emotionally intense life inside the White House is, as well as some details about life inside the WH that the author shared. I felt that the author wanted us to clearly see the two sides of C ...more
Melodie
Eighteen Acres refers to the grounds of the White House. And the three main characters in this book all work in and around the White House.
Charlotte is the first woman elected to the office of the President, but after 4 years, facing reelection,the bloom is well off the rose. Her numbers are in the basement,and she wonders, is it worth it to try again?
Melanie is the President's chief of staff.She has been in the White House for the past sixteen years, serving 3 presidents. Her life revolves a
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Connie
Eighteen Acres tells the story about three women in important positions in Washington D.C. that are trying to balance their demanding careers with their personal life. Charlotte Kramer is the first female president of the United States, but her marriage is falling apart. Melanie Kingston has served as the White House chief of staff for several presidents. Dale Smith is at the top of her game as a White House correspondant.

The author paints a very believable picture of the pressures inside the Wh
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Nicolle Wallace is a bestselling author and political commentator who appears regularly on news programs such as ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Morning Joe on MSNBC.

Wallace, who served as communications chief for George W. Bush’s White House and re-election campaign, was credited with “injecting a tremendous amount of realism” into White House deliberations. According to th
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