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Eighteen Acres

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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, 336 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Atria Books
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Lynn
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting take on a political novel, that is more contemporary women’s fiction than political intrigue. It focuses on 3 women who are tied together by their roles in relationship to the Presidency: Charlotte is the first woman President; Melanie is her Chief Of Staff; and Dale is an ambitious news anchor with a secret life. Their lives are interconnected in different ways. With Charlotte running for re-election, an international incident ends up putting her candidacy in jeopardy. Ho ...more
Lauren Cecile
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
It's ok. Have to remember that she is just a political insider, not a great novelist.
April Plummer
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
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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Holly
Dec 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Katrina Spencer
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Bill
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, fiction
I've been interested in checking out Nicolle Wallace's writing ever since I started watching her on MSNBC's Deadline Washington. My wife bought me the first book in her White House Series, Eighteen Acres: A Novel, for Xmas this year. Eighteen Acres stands for the plot of land that the White House occupies in Washington, DC

Eighteen Acres focuses on three women; the first woman President of the US, Charlotte Kramer, her Chief of Staff, Melanie Kingston and a reporter who is having an affair with C
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Ethan
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Joanna
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Donald Powell
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: government, novel
A clever novel which kept me engaged. I love the author's MSNBC program "Deadline Whitehouse" so I was intrigued when I learned she had written novels. This was her first and I was impressed with it, especially for a first novel from a journalist/Whitehouse Official. It will never win a literature prize but it was a fun read.
M M
Dec 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
First, let me say that Nicole Wallace is one of our finest political commentators and program hosts on television. Her keen intelligence, her insights, her eminent fairness and her willingness to confront and press those she interviews (Republican Representative Peter King, for example) are exhibited with modesty and goodwill that distinguish her from pontificating, self-aggrandizing boors like Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough. Her politics are not mine, but Ms. Wallace is a beacon of clarity, ...more
Samantha March
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Chance Lee
Like William Henry Harrison, my term with this book has been cut short. I didn't finish it.
Somewhere I read a formula for how much of a shot you should give a book. 100 - [Your age] = # of pages before giving up.
I exceeded that formula and still just didn't care about any of the characters. Nothing plotwise has happened. It's mostly flashbacks which don't really add depth to the characters. I flipped ahead to page 200, and the book had the same meandering, sluggish feel. No urgency. I can forgi
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Lyn
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Kim Lockhart
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a nice enjoyable read. It's a fantasy about a woman President with a woman chief of staff. The (Republican) administration is dynamic, hard-working, responsive, fair, and they even believe in climate change. Like I said, fantasy. It's a reminder that there are real people behind the politics. It's one of the only politically-based books I've ever read which focuses on relationships and the humanity and hardships of decision making.
Khanson919
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. It was very engaging and I liked the characters. Some situations were a little farfetched and their solutions were wrapped up too easily. I would be interested to read the next two books in the trilogy.
Sheri Gulde
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun and fast read.
Tara Chevrestt
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: pbs
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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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. Dal
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Connie G
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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Jack
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 28-for-28
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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Michael
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who was always intrigued at what goes down in the White House!
Three dynamic and influential woman in the White house balance politics, family and ambition. In the midst of infidelity, betrayal and deception, their mission is to overcome the obstacles that they face. Charlotte Kramer is the fifth president of the United Sates and she earnestly tries to seek the approval of the voters,with honesty and sincerity. Melanie Kingson is the president's assistant who juggles her hectic assignments, which causes her to go against her standards. Also Dale Smith is a ...more
Janice
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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Patricia Williams
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and I love Nicolle Wallace. When I found out she had written books I knew I had to read them. This is my first and I will read the others. this was a really good story and it is a chick lit type book, because it is about a woman president and some of the people that work for her. All of the characters are developed very well and you can't help but fall in love with them. They overcome many obstacles and it is fun to read about them. I definitely recommend this book.
Heather
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is the lowest rating I have given a book. I did read the entire 320 pages, and there were perhaps 32 to 60 pages that were worth reading. Characters seemed shallow to me, the plot was rather stitched haphazardly together. I will not be reading any other fiction by the author.
Somewhat familiar with Ms. Wallace as a reporter/journalist and thought I would like this story. I did not.
Laura
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
kathie rosenblatt
Dec 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Helene
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Disappointing; author was in WH with GWB; it is Danielle Steel at 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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Eighteen Acres Trilogy (3 books)
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