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Eighteen Acres (Eighteen Acres Trilogy #1)

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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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ebook, 336 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Atria Books
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Lauren Cecile
It's ok. Have to remember that she is just a political insider, not a great novelist.
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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Holly
Dec 20, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Ethan
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha March
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tara Chevrestt
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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
Jack
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Michael
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Heather
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elspeth
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Anna
Jan 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like political intrigue, but this was stupid chick lit. First female President was promising, but this drivel was syrupy, whiny, and one-dimensional.
Ruthie
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
All telling, no showing, poorly developed characters, story lines that jump around and no real sense of what it might be like to be the first female president of the USA.....
Helene
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing; author was in WH with GWB; it is Danielle Steel at the WH.
kathie rosenblatt
Dec 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
M M
Dec 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sally Knotwell
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Three women, all intertwined in this debut novel from former White House Communications Director, Nicholle Wallace. Charlotte Kraemer, the President of the United States, Melanie Kingston, her Chief of Staff, and Dale Smith, a savvy up-and-coming reporter and news anchor. Charlotte and her staff face the dangerous threats and intrigue throughout the world and within the White House compound, known as the Eighteen Acres (the amount of land the White House compound sits on). How these women intera ...more
RaceTo230
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second time trying to read this book and it turned out to be pretty good. The first time I don't think I gave it a chance, but this time, once I got through the first few chapters I was into it. I liked that it was told from the point of view of the three main female characters. It provided some depth to those characters and made you root for them collectively although two of them should have been adversaries.

I also liked the detail provided about the workings of the White House. Be
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Susan Stephenson
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I violated my rule prohibiting fiction from my nightstand because I was so interested in reading Nicolle Wallace's fiction which I found some reads criticized so much. Well, I became so caught up in the tale that I stayed up much too late one night. The next day I consumed the rest. I really enjoyed the revelations about how tough life is for those serving the president and those who have White House correspondent duties....not to mention those who have any sort of interactions with them outside ...more
Lesley
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Contempary political #1 in a trilogy More like 3.5
Written by Nicolle Wallace, former communications director for Bush '43, political analyst, journalist.
Eighteen acres refers to the name insiders call the White House complex. The book follows the political and personal relationships of 3 women. Charlotte Kramer is the 45th, and first woman president of the United States. Melanie Kramer is her chief of staff. and Dale Smith is a journalist and Whitehouse correspondent.
The book does give some insi
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Brenda Dennison
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting concept, that will, one day, be reality.

Couldn't put the book down. And I love to get into a great read. The character of Charlotte was fascinating, and I liked knowing how it is to work in the pressure of the White House. Thank you, Nicolle.
Becca Kennedy
Enjoyed this fluffy novel about the first girl president!! This was just a fun book and didn't really hold any deeper truths or abiding impactful maxims. I like the characters, and I'm excited to read the second book of the series and see if the author comes into her own a bit more.
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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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