by Nicole Evelina
Publication Date: July 25th 2016
Publisher Lawson Gartner
Genre: Historical Fiction
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Madame Presidentess . . .
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 life was not one of prestige. She lead a life that took her down a path that would be envied by most. She showed the strength of courage and the heart of a dreamer. She had the determination to carry her forward in the world and let very little of anything hold her back in her progress.
As with most stories of a person life, this one was filled with the real life that most live. The sorrow, tragedy, ups, downs, ins, outs, and then the high points and what took them all down. Madame Presidentess chronicles her life from early childhood to the running for president and beyond. Woodhull stories has been told and it has opened up minds to wonder why has she been virtually removed from out history books from schools. Why has she not registered as a simple blimp on the history of presidential candidates.
A historian as finally giving a voice to the “Notorious Victoria”. She was more than just a gifted spiritualist medium and healer. She had a talented financial mind, a fresh voice in the suffrage movement, and the radical idealist needed to move the nation forward. She has something to offer the young American and her movement had its own set of supporters. Why? Why does she not have a few pages in our primary education, secondary education? What does women have to do to be notarized and memorialized in the pages of U.S. history.
I enjoyed this read and took pleasure and sorrow in learning about an American woman that was more than just the circumstances that life had give her as her lot in life. She stood up and made more of who she was and could be in the future.
**This early book was provided via Nicole Evelina in exchange for an honest review.**
*Winner: U.S. Women’s History category – 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction
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 poverty to “become ruler of her people.” But the road to glory is far from easy. A nightmarish marriage teaches Victoria that women are stronger and deserve far more credit than society gives. Eschewing the conventions of her day, she strikes out on her own to improve herself and the lot of American women.
Over the next several years, she sets into motion plans that shatter the old boys club of Wall Street and defile even the sanctity of the halls of Congress. But it’s not just her ambition that threatens men of wealth and privilege; when she announces her candidacy for President in the 1872 election, they realize she may well usurp the power they’ve so long fought to protect.
Those who support her laud “Notorious Victoria” as a gifted spiritualist medium and healer, a talented financial mind, a fresh voice in the suffrage movement, and the radical idealist needed to move the nation forward. But those who dislike her see a dangerous force who is too willing to speak out when women are expected to be quiet. Ultimately, “Mrs. Satan’s” radical views on women’s rights, equality of the sexes, free love and the role of politics in private affairs collide with her tumultuous personal life to endanger all she has built and change how she is viewed by future generations.
This is the story of one woman who was ahead of her time – a woman who would make waves even in the 21st century – but who dared to speak out and challenge the conventions of post-Civil War America, setting a precedent that is still followed by female politicians today.
Nicole Evelina is an award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Her most recent novel, Been Searching for You, a romantic comedy, won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests. She also writes historical fiction.
Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. The sequel, Camelot’s Queen is out now. Nicole is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. Nicole has traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.
Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
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