Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win was an interesting novel about being a woman, mother and wife in politics in current America and what it takes to have it all. The book started off pretty slowly for me, it had too much scene setting and background before getting to the actual story, but once there it was a fascinating read. Not too heavy and not too light, this was a great rainy day summer read. This book took me 4 hours to read. 3.5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for the advance readers copy.
Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a difference, she’s left behind her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and returned, with her husband Max and their three young daughters, to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run in the Rust Belt state.
Once the campaign gets underway, Charlotte is blindsided by just how dirty her opponent is willing to fight, how harshly she is judged by the press and her peers, and how exhausting it becomes to navigate a marriage with an increasingly ambivalent and often resentful husband. When the opposition uncovers a secret that could threaten not just her campaign but everything Charlotte holds dear, she has to decide just how badly she wants to win and at what cost.