I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know who Nicolle Wallace was until I heard that my publishing house was sending a review copy of Far From Here to her for possible endorsement. Sad, eh? Nicolle is a New York Time’s bestselling author, not to mention a political commentator and the former White House communications chief during the presidency of George W. Bush. She regularly appears on network and cable news programs. So apparently I’ve been living under a rock. (Though, in my defense, after a brief, passionate affair with politics in college, I’ve become pretty politically disconnected.)
Anyway, what could I do but run to the nearest book store and pick up a copy of her debut novel Eighteen Acres?
I learned quickly that “eighteen acres” refers to the grounds of the White House complex, a setting that seems almost like a parallel universe, a place where the power brokers of our world live lives that are surprisingly… normal. Love, lies, betrayal, and disappointment weave through the stories of three vastly different women: a stuffy White House chief of staff, a driven White House correspondent, and the imposing President herself.
Reviews of Eighteen Acres assert that Nicolle Wallace has it “exactly right,” and I’m so glad she does! This book gave me a fascinating sneak peek into the inner workings of the White House, which made it worth the read in and of itself. But the best part for me was that Eighteen Acres is a smart page turner populated by characters that I cared about. I read it in a couple of nights and loved every minute of it. I am definitely a Nicolle Wallace fan, and I look forward to reading her next book!
Nicolle was kind enough to say this about Far From Here: “Far From Here was a rare journey to a place that left me healed and renewed by the end of this beautiful, moving novel. A tribute to love in all its forms — between a man and a wife, between sisters, and among mothers and daughters — my heart ached while I read Far From Here, but it ached more when I was done and there were no more pages to turn.”
I think this is the most humbling endorsement I received because Nicolle unknowingly played back to me my exact wish for this book: I want readers to recognize Far From Here as a hope-filled, healing tribute to love in all its many forms… And she got it. I wanted to give Nicolle a hug when I read her words. Isn’t that sort of connection the reason why we write in the first place? To have a conversation? To share? To say something that resonates with other people?
Eighteen Acres resonated with me, and I can’t encourage you enough to pick up this book! Honestly, how could I have not known who Nicolle Wallace was? She proves that brains and beauty are best when they exist side-by-side. And I can’t wait to get my hands on It’s Classified, Nicolle’s latest release. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it when I’m done!