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Madame Presidentess

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Forty-eight years before women were granted the right to vote, one woman dared to run for President of the United States, yet her name has been virtually written out of the history books.

Rising from the shame of an abusive childhood, Victoria Woodhull, the daughter of a con-man and a religious zealot, vows to follow her destiny, one the spirits say will lead her out of p
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 25th 2016 by Lawson Gartner Publishing
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Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I’d never heard of Victoria Woodhull before, and found her life story truly fascinating. A woman ahead of her time with ambition and chutzpah galore to try to achieve her goals, her story is a riveting one. However, this book, although meticulously researched, is unfortunately far too romanticised, melodramatic, clichéd and with a surfeit of overblown dialogue to make this a convincing read for me, and I didn’t enjoy it. I did, however, enjoy learning about this remarkable woman.
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I got lost in the page of this historical fictional telling of the first known woman to put her hat in for president. The boldness. The richness. The strength of character. Victoria Woodhull did more than most women of her day dare dreamed of doing. There were supporters and backer that were willing to put there beliefs to the the test for this life altering event in time.

Woodhull life was one that was typical for most women born to the time. She was used, abused, ignored and discarded. Her lif
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Feminist Victoria Woodhull is one of the irresistible historical personages for me. I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for a review.

Victoria Woodhull is shown to be a complex individual in Madame Presidentess. Whether Victoria inspired me or disappointed me, she always engaged me as a character even when I didn't agree with her choices. I liked the thoroughness of this biographical novel and particularly appreciated the spiritualist content.

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Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that MADAME PRESIDENTESS by Nicole Evelina is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Jena Henry
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I believe that the hallmark of a good book is how much it makes me think. As soon as I read the last page of Madame Presidentess, I turned to the internet and found more information to read about Victoria Woodhull and the issue of womens’ suffrage. I commend Author Evelina for bringing Victoria Woodhull to the attention of modern day readers.

Born Victoria Claflin in Ohio in 1838, Victoria’s childhood was difficult. She was one of ten children. Her father was a shyster and petty criminal and her
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"Madame Presidentess" was a fantastic read by Nicole Evelina. Thanks to historical fiction, this is not the first time I've read about Victoria Woodhull. I've seen her name in the history books but often in passing with a sentence following a brief description about her. I have so many thoughts about this story! First, I loved the first person tone that Evelina used. Evelina's wr
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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A book that takes place before women can vote and before women really had a say in their own futures beyond being a good wife and mother. This book takes our society back in time when women were helpmates and that was the goal in life. My how times have changed and I am so thankful!

Bare with me as I am a book blogger and that is where I will always be, but it was very interesting to read this book in the life and times that we are having now as the
Jim Sanders
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It is a well-researched book about a fascinating woman and her pioneering quest to run for President.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
3.5 STARS - As soon as I heard Nicole Evalina had written a book about the first woman to run for president of the United States I was intrigued. As a Canadian I don't have extensive knowledge about American politics but I trust Evalina to weave a good fictionalized story around historical settings with a strong woman front and centre. In light of the current political climate in the US it was very apropos that she take on Victoria C Woodhull, the first woman to run for US President (decades bef ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very timely book given the election this year ( I cannot wait for it all to be over!) Much has been made of the nomination of the first female candidate to major political party – major being the operative word. Victoria Woodhull was nominated for President back before women could even vote. While this book is fiction, it is based in fact. Ms. Woodhull ran for President in 1872 as the representative from the Equal Rights Party. She wasn’t quite 35 yet so if she had won it might have ca ...more
Nicole Evelina
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Review by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Nearly fifty years before women were granted the right to vote, Victoria Woodhull ran for President of the United States. The ballot in 1872 included the Equal Rights Party; Victoria was the presidential candidate and Frederick Douglass, a former slave, was the vice-presidential candidate. This historical fictional work is certainly riveting. In Madame Presidentess, author Nicole Evelina relates the story of this little-known woman. Victoria was born
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a thoroughly researched and densely historical fictional account of a fascinating and controversial Victoria Woodhull who was remarkably influential in her time, yet has been largely ignored by history. Evelina has done a great job of capturing the spirit of the time and presenting a complex and flawed, though ultimately likeable character. The book offers a perspective of the American women's suffrage movement that feels authentic and far more troubling than many books tend to present i ...more
Debbie Millett
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I admit I'd never heard of Victoria Woodhull and had no idea a woman ran for President (3 times) before women even had the right to vote. It was fascinating to read about her early life and how she rose up to become an advisor to Mr. Vanderbilt and ran her own firm on Wall Street. The book bogs down just a bit, though, right when it should heat up: when she becomes a major figure in the suffragette movement alongside Susan B. Anthony, et al, and develops her platform. Nonetheless, it was a treat ...more
Helen Hollick
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:
"Do not be put off by the thought that this might be nothing more than a novel about political events and women’s rights – it is both these things but primarily it is about a little-known part of American history which is both intriguing and fascinating."

Helen Hollick
founder #DDRevs
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History is so much better when it's for real. This account relates very accurately the double and triple standards of the time. Everyone wants change but only a select few are ready to go and try to achieve it. And look what happens when they do try! Summing it up: it's only a matter of time.

BTW: I read just today that a movie is in the works. Can't wait to see how they hack that to bits!
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. I love historical fiction, so this was right up my alley. I couldn't put the book down! If you're a fan of historical fiction and the suffragette movement, this book is for you!
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed this book very much.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had heard the name Victoria Woodhull before, but I confess that I knew little about her beyond the fact that she was a leader of the American Woman's Suffrage Movement and that she had fun for President, while fighting to give women the right to vote. What a fascinating and multifaceted woman she was and what an interesting life she lead. Nicole Evelina did an excellent job of bringing her to life from her dirt-poor and abusive childhood working as a spiritualist and magnetic healer, to her ab ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

A Female President?

The story line is about the main female lead, Victoria.

Her childhood was extremely difficult.

She had nine siblings, her father was a criminal and her mother was illiterate.

When she was older , she married, after more difficulty, she moved to New York.

Despite having trying childhood, Victoria, runs for president.

This was a well written and thought provoking read.

"This book was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Irina Vérène
Actual rating: 0 stars (DNF at 16%)

Content warnings
(from what I remember, I don't guarantee this list is complete, sorry!)
- domestic abuse (MC has abusive parents & an abusive husband later on)
- sexual abuse/r*pe (quite explicit)
- alcoholism
- prostitution & forced prostitution
- childbirth
- death (mentioned)
- lots of ableism (including slurs & violence) & misogyny

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which (obviously) does not influence my
J. Else
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The election ballot for the 1872 Presidential election included Republican Ulysses S. Grant, Democrat Horace Greeley, and Equal Rights Party representative Victoria Woodhull, a convention-defying feminist who fought for equality of the sexes. She was also known for her powers as a spiritualist healer and clairvoyant and regularly used her gifts to heal abused women. Growing up, Victoria and her siblings were exploited and abused by their parents. She married a charming man at 15 years old, but s ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Victoria Woodhull was a woman far ahead of her time. From the time of her birth, she was named for greatness; and though she would never be queen, Victoria will reach for the Presidency before women even have the right to vote. Raised by quite a controversial family, her father a swindler and her mother a staunch Spiritualist, Victoria and her sister Tennessee are set up as mediums and healers as children. However, Victoria’s spirit guide shows her going far in life and her experience with all t ...more
My Review: Victoria Woodhull is the first woman who ran for president of the United States. However, despite her accomplishments, she was known to lead a scandalous life that made her an unsuitable candidate for President. However, Nicole Evelina takes this controversial figure and gives her a voice to let readers see her side of this story. Madame Presidentess chronicles the life of Victoria Woodhull from her childhood until after her run for President. In this novel, it shows a woman’s determ ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s election season 2016 and as we look to the possibility of electing a female president for the first time, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to read this book, “Madame Presidentess”, about the first woman to run for president in this country. That’s right! Hilary Clinton is not the first woman to RUN for president. That honor belongs to Victoria Woodhull who was a candidate for election in 1872 as an independent. Mrs. Woodhull, sometimes referred to as “Queen Victoria” turns out to be a fasc ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Victoria Woodhull was the first female to run for President of the US, back in 1872. She came from a poor family and abusive childhood where her father forced her to work at a young age and her mother was an alcoholic. Trying to get herself out of the situation, she married only to find her husband also abusive. Her spirits tell her she's destined for great things so she bears this marriage until she can divorce her husband and move on. Eventually she pulls her sister away from her parents and t ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Madame Presidentess" is a historical fiction book about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for the American presidency. This is one of a group of books about Victoria that come out recently. My suspicion is that as we have one of the first women in a while running as viable presidential candidate that people are beginning to discover Woodhull again. Also, her life is incredibly fascinating! You have the makings for a good historical fiction book. It's no wonder that she is become such a ...more
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
It is hard to read Madame Presidentess by Nicole Evelina and not make comparisons to Hilary Clinton. Like Clinton, Victoria Woodhull has a fight song and in every aspect fought tooth and nail.

Madame Presidentess is beautifully told with the author showcasing Woodhull’s life in a highly readable fashion rather than just presenting the facts. I enjoyed seeing Victoria Woodhull outside of politics. Her time as a seer was very interesting and found her business ventures inspiring. Her pains, as well
Andrea Guy
This is the perfect book for an election year. This book was really a great book. I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed it.

Victoria Woodhull was a suffragette and the first woman to run for President of the United States back in 1870.

She had quite the life too. She was a spiritualist. Her father was an abusive drunk that used her and her sister for financial gain.

Thinking that marriage would save her from her parents she ended up with a husband that was no better. She had one son to him who wa
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! If you are a fan of historical fiction, this book is a must read. I couldn't put it down! What's amazing is that until I picked this book up, I had never heard of Victoria Woodhull, who was truly an amazing woman that lead a fascinating life. Highly recommended!

I will also be sure to check out other books by this author now that I've read this!
Victoria Woodhull is almost unheard of and certainly almost unknown as the first woman to run for the post of President of the United States. She was certainly bold if not a little over enthusiastic as this was at a time when women were not even considered citizens, ineligible to vote and the suffragette movement was just getting under way.

Born into a family which was abusive in itself, she made a horrific marriage and had to escape both to try to make a life for herself and her sister. They wer
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Nicole Evelina is a historical fiction, romantic comedy and non-fiction author whose four novels - Daughter of Destiny, Camelot's Queen, Been Searching for You and Madame Presidentess - have won more than 20 awards, including two Book of the Year designations.

Her most recent release and first non-fiction book, The Once and Future Queen, examines popular works of Arthurian fiction by more than 20
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