Campaign Widows
It's an election season gone wild in this "irresistible" (Cosmopolitan) and "whip-smart" (Us Weekly) novel about a delicious cast of characters who forge an unlikely friendship while their significant others are out on the campaign trail.Cady Davenport is living the American dream...At least she's supposed to be. She's in a new city, with a new job and even a new fiancé . But when her husband-to-be hits the road for the upcoming presidential election, Cady realizes she's on her own--and that her dream life might not be all she'd imagined. Until she finds herself thrust straight into the heart of the most influential inner circle in Washington, DC: the campaign widows. As friends, they're an unlikely group--a fabulous Georgetown doyenne, a speechwriter turned mommy blogger, an artsy website editor and a First Lady hopeful who's not convinced she wants the job. But they share one undeniable bond: their spouses are all out on the trail during a hotly contested election season.Cady is unsure of her place in their illustrious group, but with the pressures of the unprecedented election mounting, the widows' worlds keep turning, faster than ever, as they hold down the fort while running companies, raising babies, racking up page views and even reinventing themselves. And their friendship might be just what Cady needs to find the strength to pursue her own happiness.

Campaign Widows Details

TitleCampaign Widows
Author
ReleaseMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherGraydon House
ISBN-139781525804267
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Campaign Widows Review

  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Red White & Blue Stars!I was really impressed with this novel from Aimee Agresti - to write a political themed novel in today's tumultuous climate and write a book focused around election season that appeals to all readers regardless of affiliation and manages to make the key players all likable is quite a feat. Told from various perspectives of women all connected to the presidential election in various ways was fresh and interesting and kept me hooked the entire time. Highly recommend! 4.5 Red White & Blue Stars!I was really impressed with this novel from Aimee Agresti - to write a political themed novel in today's tumultuous climate and write a book focused around election season that appeals to all readers regardless of affiliation and manages to make the key players all likable is quite a feat. Told from various perspectives of women all connected to the presidential election in various ways was fresh and interesting and kept me hooked the entire time. Highly recommend!Thank you to Harlequin Books/Graydon House for a free advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Janelle
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much Wunderkind PR and Harlequin Books for providing my free copy of CAMPAIGN WIDOWS by Aimee Agresti - all opinions are my own. I don’t usually go for the light read, but I absolutely loved this “Sex and the City goes to Washington DC” story! It’s fun, smart, sassy, full of characters I adore, and of course, political intrigue! The primary cast of characters, Cady, Birdie, Jay, Reagan, and Madison, are wonderfully written and I enjoyed all of them. They each have significant others Thank you so much Wunderkind PR and Harlequin Books for providing my free copy of CAMPAIGN WIDOWS by Aimee Agresti - all opinions are my own. I don’t usually go for the light read, but I absolutely loved this “Sex and the City goes to Washington DC” story! It’s fun, smart, sassy, full of characters I adore, and of course, political intrigue! The primary cast of characters, Cady, Birdie, Jay, Reagan, and Madison, are wonderfully written and I enjoyed all of them. They each have significant others involved in a presidential election and are therefore called the campaign widows. Cady recently moved to DC with her boyfriend so he could work on a campaign; Jay is the editor of an online magazine who’s partner was sent to cover a political candidate; Birdie is a political party planner extraordinaire; Madison is a possible soon-to-be First Lady; and Reagan is a former speech writer turned blogger with a husband also working on a campaign. Reagan, Jay, and Madison are favorites! Besides the five main characters, there are a ton of other characters to keep track of, but don’t let that deter you. This book made me laugh out loud with witty and sharp dialogue and a realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be in the midst of a political campaign. I love that each character is genuine, has their own unique perspective, and offers insight to the political world that you wouldn’t normally see. CAMPAIGN WIDOWS is about the loved ones left behind (or in the shadows) while their counterparts work the tireless campaign trail. Definitely a must read for anyone looking for a laugh with a new take on politics.
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  • Sarah Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book, and think the comparison to a cross between Sex and the City and West Wing is accurate. I like that the "campaign widows" become friends, and I enjoyed the variety of careers and roles in the campaign cycle each character had. I also have a deep love for Washington D.C., so I loved the setting of the book and could easily picture the scenes being described. I first heard this book recommended by Annie B. Jones on either her Instagram stories or the podcast for her boo I really enjoyed this book, and think the comparison to a cross between Sex and the City and West Wing is accurate. I like that the "campaign widows" become friends, and I enjoyed the variety of careers and roles in the campaign cycle each character had. I also have a deep love for Washington D.C., so I loved the setting of the book and could easily picture the scenes being described. I first heard this book recommended by Annie B. Jones on either her Instagram stories or the podcast for her bookstore and knew right away that I needed to read this. I was not disappointed!This fictionalized version of the 2016 election cycle felt endearing and humorous and tame compared to the way that election actually played out. Even the outrageous characterizations and claims made by candidates felt small by comparison! There were however some similarities that made it feel a little too close to how things actually played out. I loved that some of the characters felt based on real people, and others just felt like friends I've known or acquaintances I have that live and work in the beltway. Cady is endearing and I want to be her friend. Birdie is a force to reckoned with. Reagan felt like so many of my friends and I loved her sharp sense of humor; add to that her role of speechwriter and she had the job I thought I wanted in college! Jay was willing to fight for what he believed in at work and Madison came across as a sincere and true friend, someone who unconventional, would make an amazing first lady, even if she didn't want the job. These characters were one of my favorite ensembles I've read about recently, and I genuinely enjoyed all of them!If you enjoy books about friendship, complicated relationships, and that read like a great scripted show on HBO or the CW, then this is the book for you. Yes, politics is it's own character, but while it is the backdrop for this book, it isn't divisive or distracting.I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for this review copy!What a dishy political read! I spent the entire book comparing characters to real politicians and celebrities and getting lost in the drama. The group of friends is so diverse, but they fit together perfectly once all of the pieces are revealed, and I truly did not guess what was going to happen throughout the book. Highly recommended for political junkies wanting something a little lighter and for romance and women's fiction fans wanting something a Thanks to the publisher for this review copy!What a dishy political read! I spent the entire book comparing characters to real politicians and celebrities and getting lost in the drama. The group of friends is so diverse, but they fit together perfectly once all of the pieces are revealed, and I truly did not guess what was going to happen throughout the book. Highly recommended for political junkies wanting something a little lighter and for romance and women's fiction fans wanting something a little meatier. All in all, CAMPAIGN WIDOWS is an engrossing look at modern politics and pop culture.
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  • Taylor (shihtzus.and.book.reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW: https://shihtzusandbookreviews.com/ca...This is a story of A Girl Who Judged A Book By It's Cover. I was browsing Netgalley and voting on book covers and saw a beautiful red, white and blue book that caught my eye. Once I read the synopsis, I was sold.Now, I know absolutely nothing about the campaign process. Politics aren't really my "thing" so I was a little skeptical about that part of the premise BUT the Widows' "undeniable bond" sounded promising. I love love LOVE a book about FULL REVIEW: https://shihtzusandbookreviews.com/ca...This is a story of A Girl Who Judged A Book By It's Cover. I was browsing Netgalley and voting on book covers and saw a beautiful red, white and blue book that caught my eye. Once I read the synopsis, I was sold.Now, I know absolutely nothing about the campaign process. Politics aren't really my "thing" so I was a little skeptical about that part of the premise BUT the Widows' "undeniable bond" sounded promising. I love love LOVE a book about female friendships and unlikely bonds, so obviously this was an enjoyable read for me! Politics were present, but only adding to the story by impacting the characters. There was never anything supporting or bashing any particular party.Mainly told from Cady's perspective, the author provides excellent character development of the other 4 widows. The point of view switches between the 5 characters but I didn't find it hard at all to keep up. I liked seeing how the election campaign and life in DC was different for each one of them but they were still able to bond and support each other through their struggles. The characters in this book were so realistic and genuine that I felt like I could hop on a plane and go have drinks with them after work. I could definitely see this book being made into a TV show (AHEM, REESE...AHEM!) so I've picked the actor/actress that I think goes best with each character.First, Birdie..what a spitfire! I loved this woman and her boss bitch attitude, not to mention her insane fundraising/party planning talents. You WANT Birdie on your side.Reagan is a stay-at-home-mom who keeps her sanity by writing an advice column for a newspaper. Her husband is usually out of town for work so she has her hands full with young hell-raising twin girls. Reagan has a hilarious attitude towards parenting..instead of complaining about wild kids, she knows they will grow to be strong-minded, independent women.Madison is a true Southern Belle. She's kind-hearted, sweet and caring, and you just know she'd do anything for her friends. She's got sass, smarts and independence and isn't sure she wants to be the future FLOTUS. She's working on that ;)Then we have Jay, whose reporter boyfriend has just become the personal reporter for one of the presidential candidates. Jay is easy-going but will also stand up for what and who he believes in.Cady is the new-comer to this group of unlikely friends. She is new to DC, moving from NYC to be closer to her boyfriend. She has given up a lot for their relationship and it's wonderful to watch her come into her own and grow as a woman.Overall, I really enjoyed Campaign Widows and would give it 4.5 stars! It was fun and fluffy and made me happy. I looked forward to reading it and would definitely recommend it for a book to read after something heavy! You can pre-order here and it's out on shelves tomorrow!Thank you so much to Netgalley and Graydon House Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Karen Foster
    January 1, 1970
    “Sex and the City meets The West Wing” said the blurb....I’m not sure the dialogue is quite as whip-smart as the Aaron Sorkin’s but I definitely had a similarly huge amount of affection for all of this book’s characters as I did with these two shows. This is more accurately “SATC in DC” with sassy, smart and endearing characters, true friendships and lots of fluff, set against a back drop of an all too familiar crazy election cycle. A proper feel good romantic comedy.
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  • Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.Political fluff!!! Even though American politics are a joke for either party these days, Campaign Widows is a light, romantic, funny romp through the election process through the eyes and minds of the people the people behind the candidates leave behind. Is it Primary Colors ? Thank heavens – no!What I loved: Reagan was my favorite character out of the 5 “widows”. Her tak Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.Political fluff!!! Even though American politics are a joke for either party these days, Campaign Widows is a light, romantic, funny romp through the election process through the eyes and minds of the people the people behind the candidates leave behind. Is it Primary Colors ? Thank heavens – no!What I loved: Reagan was my favorite character out of the 5 “widows”. Her take on parenting mirrors my own and she seemed to have found a pretty good balance of work and family life. Her twins are hell on wheels and will someday be the strong women Reagan hopes them to be.What I didn’t love: I was so confused on the different candidates – outside of Jay and Parker I couldn’t really keep the men straight in the book. I was also confused about Birdie’s role – is she a party planner extrodinaire? A fundraising machine? Some behind the scenes political dynamo?What I learned: I need to go to the butterly exhibit in DC.Overall Grade: Bwww.FluffSmutandMurder.com
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Campaign Widows is an entertaining and occasionally pointed book about a group of friends left alone in D.C. while their significant others are on the presidential campaign trail in one capacity or another. The book is very funny, timely, and includes a fantastic cast of characters. I'll list the key players:Cady: New to D.C., recently engaged, and works on a struggling fluff TV news show. Her fiancee is a political advisor to a candidate and their relationship seems a bit rocky.Birdie: Renowned Campaign Widows is an entertaining and occasionally pointed book about a group of friends left alone in D.C. while their significant others are on the presidential campaign trail in one capacity or another. The book is very funny, timely, and includes a fantastic cast of characters. I'll list the key players:Cady: New to D.C., recently engaged, and works on a struggling fluff TV news show. Her fiancee is a political advisor to a candidate and their relationship seems a bit rocky.Birdie: Renowned event planner and major player in DC society with a soft spot for scrappy women in difficult situations. Dealing with some marital problems that have been brewing for years.Reagan: Mom of toddler twins who gave up her dream speech-writing job to become a parent and write an advice column on the side. With a husband working on a campaign, she often feels like a single parent. She's whip smart, but often feels overlooked because of her new role. I loved her and related to her in a lot of ways. Jay: Lifestyle reporter who helps launch his secret boyfriend into a growing career following a female rapper-turned-presidential candidate on the campaign trail. He wants to propose, but worries that the campaign is pulling them apart.Madison: Spunky wife of a presidential hopeful who surprisingly, doesn't want him to win! She is hilarious and covers her outrageous antics with a gracious southern smile. That should give you some insight into what you are in store for, but this is a very fun book about friendship, love, politics, identity, and what it means to have a healthy relationship. I really enjoyed it a lot and loved the strong feminist messages woven throughout.*****Spoiler Warning*****I also really appreciated the fact that Reagan and her husband ultimately work things out. It could have gone another way with Reagan having an affair and I'm SO glad that isn't the direction it took because that would have felt cheap. I thought the relationships in general were handled with the respect they deserved, which was great to see. I definitely recommend this book if the premise interests you. I received an e-arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kim Bakos
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this story, although I did struggle at times w/ figuring out which characters significant other was supporting each of the candidates, but that didn't stop me from loving the story. It was fun to get a glimpse behind the scenes of a presidential campaign, even if it is fiction.I knew from their first meeting that the two main characters were going to end up together - it was just a matter of waiting to see how the author made that come together.All of the characters were quite l I really enjoyed this story, although I did struggle at times w/ figuring out which characters significant other was supporting each of the candidates, but that didn't stop me from loving the story. It was fun to get a glimpse behind the scenes of a presidential campaign, even if it is fiction.I knew from their first meeting that the two main characters were going to end up together - it was just a matter of waiting to see how the author made that come together.All of the characters were quite likeable, and not "flat". My favorite is the wife who tries to derail her husband's bid to be president. Sometimes your other half knows you even better than you know yourself.
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  • Caryn
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Kaira Rouda
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!
  • MaryAnn
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good story about how 3 people whose spouses or significant others get caught up in a Presidential campaign and how they cope with the absence of those people in their lives.The friendships that developed in this book were great and I loved the different points of view and was imagining while reading just how I'd cope or not cope, as the case may be.This is my first book by this author, but I'll definitely be looking for more by her. She told the "inside story" of how these peop This was a really good story about how 3 people whose spouses or significant others get caught up in a Presidential campaign and how they cope with the absence of those people in their lives.The friendships that developed in this book were great and I loved the different points of view and was imagining while reading just how I'd cope or not cope, as the case may be.This is my first book by this author, but I'll definitely be looking for more by her. She told the "inside story" of how these people got pulled into the campaign and how the people at home also got pulled in and how they all coped. She did a great job not making it about politics, but keeping it about personalities, which I appreciated.Check out this book. You won't be sorry! Thanks to the author, the publishers and Netgalley for an ARC.
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  • Kimberley
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Edelweiss+ for this advanced eGalley of Campaign Widows. Election season brings forth emotional turmoil among an eclectic group of Washington politicals.So, there are a ton of characters in this story. For the first couple of chapters, I was confused as to what exactly was happening. The jumps were so drastic, and didn't seem to come with any warning, so it felt like I was reading an episode of The West Wing. If you're not familiar with the way in that show operated (particularly the h Thank you Edelweiss+ for this advanced eGalley of Campaign Widows. Election season brings forth emotional turmoil among an eclectic group of Washington politicals.So, there are a ton of characters in this story. For the first couple of chapters, I was confused as to what exactly was happening. The jumps were so drastic, and didn't seem to come with any warning, so it felt like I was reading an episode of The West Wing. If you're not familiar with the way in that show operated (particularly the highly paced "walk and talk" scenes), then that comparison may be lost on you but, for lack of a better explanation, let's just say I found myself dazed and confused--at first. After about 50 pages, I was settled enough with the author's direction to understand this was a story about multiple couples, and their respective significant others, place in the election cycle. That said, the sensationalism surrounding the campaign is merely the jumping off point to the story itself. A story that is supposed to center around the arrival of Cady, whose moved from New York to Washington, to be with her boyfriend, Jackson. Jackson is a staffer for Carter Thompson (one of, at the start, 28 presidential hopefuls). Upon her initial arrival, Jackson makes a show of proposing, and Cady semi-reluctantly accepts. However, now that she's in town, and the campaign is in full-swing, Jackson has gone ghost, and Cady is forced to find her bearings in a new place, at a new job, without any knowledge of how things work. Since the fledgling television show she works for is one shake from bankruptcy, Cady is tasked with finding a way to get it back on track. She lucks into an interview with Birdie Brandywine (a well-connected party planner/fundraiser in Washington's political circles), and Birdie takes a liking to her. As such, Birdie invites her to a fundraising event where she meets Reagan and Jay. Okay, at this point, it's impossible to say much more without introducing the other major players in the story. Starting with Birdie and Buck Brandywine. Both of home are longtime Washingtonians. Buck is a political analyst, while Birdie, as already mentioned, is a political party planner. As the campaign season begins, Birdie is still harboring old resentments against Buck for his past doings. She decides a lesson is in order. However, when her plan backfires, things between her and Buck spiral into something Birdie didn't expect, and isn't sure she wants, leaving her to wonder if she made the right choice. Reagan is a former speechwriter turned advice columnist--as well as the stay-at-home-mother of twins. Her husband Ted is one of the most trusted staffers for the current vice president (who is also running for president). As the campaign reaches a fever pitch, Ted is gone a lot more, but Reagan is used to such absences, and takes it all in stride. But, as the campaign trail grows contentious, and Ted's stress level rises, Reagan is hit with a major surprise that could make or break their marriage.Jay is an editor at one of Washington's entertainment mags, and Sky is his boyfriend, but also one of his staff writers. Sky manages to get into the thick of the election when a musician he covered, and once advised, decides she wants to make a run for the presidential seat. While Sky's insider coverage is great for the magazine, it causes a rift in the relationship between him and Jay. Finally, there is Madison and Hank Goodfellow. Hank is a southerner, with a ton of cash, who believes he can be successful as president. Madison thinks he's nuts, and hopes he comes to his senses before it's too late. However, once it becomes clear Hank is going through with his plan, Madison has to decide whether she's going to play along with the game, or find a way to disrupt it.Did I mention there are a boatload of people in this story? There's also Parker (an unintended love interest), Rocky Haze (one of the presidential hopefuls), whose music is "played" throughout the book, and whose candidacy seems the most unlikely, but somehow makes the most sense; and other random people with recurring roles. Jay, Reagan, Cady, Madison, and Birdie become aligned via circumstance and serendipity. Each comes to need the other, but also they share a commonality--all are campaign widows. The 'widows' part has nothing to do with actual death, but rather the glaring absence of their significant others, due to the importance of campaigning for the presidential seat. It'd be far too convoluted to explain how these stories come together because ...oh my gracious. Let's just say, Washington is a small town, a favor is always needed, and it's good to have friends in high (and low) places. Madison was the most in-touch character, while Cady grew the most, but it was simply entertaining to watch how each of the women handled their respective business (personal and professional).Overall, a fun read that (for me at least) was less about an election than what we're willing to give up, versus what's important, and how well we handle the challenge of figuring it all out. By the end, I did feel it could've ended about 60 pages sooner, because it seemed to drag on too long once most of the conflicts were resolved. Still, a fun read for the most part.
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  • Jena
    January 1, 1970
    “This was a town that ran on power and proximity to power, not looks, not even money — though looks and money never hurt.”In this hilarious book, accurately described as Sex and the City meets The West Wing, we meet a whole new cast ready to steal your heart. And maybe your votes.Cady moved to DC to move her relationship with Jackson to the next level. When he proposes immediately, she finally feels that things are moving in the right direction. Even better, she somehow meets a group of friends, “This was a town that ran on power and proximity to power, not looks, not even money — though looks and money never hurt.”In this hilarious book, accurately described as Sex and the City meets The West Wing, we meet a whole new cast ready to steal your heart. And maybe your votes.Cady moved to DC to move her relationship with Jackson to the next level. When he proposes immediately, she finally feels that things are moving in the right direction. Even better, she somehow meets a group of friends, all moving within some elite circles and are willing to take her into their fold. Not only does this mean fantastic things for her career, but she feels that she is making a home for herself. Until campaign season kicks into high gear.Jay, an editor for a major online newspaper, finds himself alone when his partner Sky suddenly gets sent to report on the shocking rapper turned political candidate due to an inside edge. Reagon, former speech writer turned mommy blogger, along with twins while her husband works on an impossible campaign. Birdie, the woman you turn to for all parties political and otherwise. And, a first lady to-be, who isn’t sure she really wants the job. They compose a powerful and influential group: The Campaign Widows.Now, alone while her husband-to-be hits the campaign trail, Cady starts to see that maybe things aren’t as happily ever after as she believed.“She had somehow happened upon this group that felt at the epicenter of the city, and they had, for some reason, welcomed her into their circle.”As we start seeing more political ads (already! again?! UGH!!!) for upcoming mid-term elections, this book felt perfect to set the mood. Except, rather than focusing on the actual politics that drive most of us up the wall, this book is filled with characters living on the other side of the politicians. Namely, the people left behind while politicians run all over the country trying to get your vote.I really liked how each character represented a different scope of the world in DC. Cady is a TV producer trying to revive life into a morning talk show. Reagon is struggling with the life she finds herself in versus the one she left behind. Jay, one of my favorites, editor to his partner who is reporting on his first campaign. Birdie represents the wealthy donor and fundraising world. And, then there’s my other favorite, Madison, first lady not-so-hopeful-to-be.Together, they paint a vivid scene of the inner workings of politics that we rarely see outside of Washington. We all know that these jobs are part of the political machine, but they aren’t as glamorous, (or scandalous), as the politicians themselves. This is probably why these characters feel believable and relatable.“She didn’t want to be that person sitting alone on a train in the middle of the night having a breakdown. She didn’t want to be alone at all.”There are quite a few characters to keep track of beyond the five primary characters. The onslaught of candidates is hilarious in it’s own right, blatantly mocking our own recent primaries that became more of a circus than anything else. Even the candidates shown are clearly inspired from reality, though I do find these choices far more likable than I did the real ones.In all, I think this book is a fun ride. For those readers looking for a less painful reality and in desperate need of a good political laugh, this book is definitely for you! In the same way that Sex and the City had a character for everyone, I think Campaign Widows does the same, except more so. This is a book full of more diversity and reality, focusing on struggles in marriage, careers, and motherhood rather than glamour. I’d love to see this cast brought to life!The writing is sharp and funny, the characters are a riot a minute, and really, we all need to laugh at the political landscape in a fun, refreshing way. Thank you Wunderkind PR for sending me a review copy!
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  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    Every four years, presidential candidates and their staffers travel the country searching for funding and votes. Campaign Widows follows five people who have been left behind by their partners as they work for electoral victory. But don't kid yourself - these "widows" have lives of their own. There is Cady, a newcomer to DC who is producing a show that is sagging in the ratings, Reagan, a speechwriter who is now doing freelance work as the recent mother to two twin girls, Birdie, a media mogul a Every four years, presidential candidates and their staffers travel the country searching for funding and votes. Campaign Widows follows five people who have been left behind by their partners as they work for electoral victory. But don't kid yourself - these "widows" have lives of their own. There is Cady, a newcomer to DC who is producing a show that is sagging in the ratings, Reagan, a speechwriter who is now doing freelance work as the recent mother to two twin girls, Birdie, a media mogul and DC taste-maker, Madison, whose husband Hank is in the running to be president, and Jay, whose partner Sky who got quickly upgraded from the "culture" section of the Queue (think Huffpost) to "politics" due to a staffing shortage. The book covers each of these dynamic characters as they live their own lives and effect the election in their own ways - with or without their partners' support.This book is the perfect summer beach read, which is to say that its a light, fluffy read that would be great for any vacation (no beach necessary). The premise and setting were unique - I've not read a ton of women's fiction that is politically centered or even set in DC, and that really added to the title's value for me. All of the characters were well drawn and interesting in their own way. Often, when I read a book with multiple POVs, I find myself more invested in certain stories and then race through the chapters I don't much care for, but that was not the case here. Everyone was likable and engaging.I wanted more political satire than I got. While there definitely was some satire (Hank is a Trump stand-in, for example), and some dream scenarios (a three person dead heat race), I wanted more. Everyone's arcs were tied up a little too neatly for my taste, and it also made the book feel a bit less realistic.Overall, I would recommend this read to anyone who enjoys the genre and likes happy and easy reads. It reminded me of Crazy Rich Asians in tone and style, so if you liked that book, give this one a try! I hope it gets made into a TV show or movie, because it'd be excellent in either of those formats if the drama and comedy were both amped up a bit. If you are looking for a light summer read, look no farther. 3 stars - I liked it!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Graydon House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Campaign Widows became available for purchase on 22 May, and you can put your copy on hold today!
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Campaign Widows" was an intriguing look inside Washington, DC during the campaigning season. Although the description focuses on Cady, who is the newest campaign widow, the book follows Reagan and Jay, somewhat more seasoned campaign widows. In addition, we also follow Birdie, who throws the hottest parties and is a staple in DC as she comes back to her campaign marital issues, and Madison, a gorgeous former Miss 50 States, who is up to become the first lady (and so is on the campaign trail).In "Campaign Widows" was an intriguing look inside Washington, DC during the campaigning season. Although the description focuses on Cady, who is the newest campaign widow, the book follows Reagan and Jay, somewhat more seasoned campaign widows. In addition, we also follow Birdie, who throws the hottest parties and is a staple in DC as she comes back to her campaign marital issues, and Madison, a gorgeous former Miss 50 States, who is up to become the first lady (and so is on the campaign trail).In the midst of the drama in DC, we also witness through selected articles and discussions, the mayhem of the campaign through primaries and candidate mishaps. Altogether, it was a really entertaining story. I really got into Cady's story, and as she's set up to be the primary story, I wish we had spent more time with her. I also enjoyed the other characters, but it felt like we moved around from character to character more than I wished the book did. That being said, it was all easy to follow, and many were quite lovable and interesting. Reagan was my second favorite with her witty humor and trying-to-have-it-all type drama from having twins and another on the way while she also writes her column and does socializing around town- all while her husband is running a candidate's campaign on the road.Cady really had no idea what she was getting herself into when she moved from NYC to DC to be closer to her long-term boyfriend. Assuming that living in the same city would allow them to spend more time together, the surprise is that her boyfriend (now fiance) is on the campaign trail- and it feels like the long distance continues. However, with the new cast of friends, Cady finds so much more than she expected in the camaraderie of the campaign widows.This was a delightfully fun take on politics, and the comparison to Sex and the City meets West Wing is apt. The characters are so charming you can't help but become wrapped up in their stories. There are some really funny moments- with the frustrating and heart-warming, this book will ensnare you in the lives of the people left in DC during campaign season. This is a charming story for anyone who loves women's fiction with a touch of the political game.Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Netgalley and Graydon House Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.I was very excited about this book and it did not disappoint. The political campaigns were interesting to follow and the characters were fun and smart.The book covers the storylines of Cady, Birdie, Jay, Reagan, and Madison. Each character is incredibly well developed and enjoyable to learn about. They also each have a significant other that plays a role in a presid Thank you so much to Netgalley and Graydon House Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.I was very excited about this book and it did not disappoint. The political campaigns were interesting to follow and the characters were fun and smart.The book covers the storylines of Cady, Birdie, Jay, Reagan, and Madison. Each character is incredibly well developed and enjoyable to learn about. They also each have a significant other that plays a role in a presidential election, which makes them "campaign widows". Cady was my favorite character as I found her the most relatable, however, I did enjoy Birdie fabulous lifestyle.I enjoyed this book so much and it definitely made me laugh. I also appreciated the fact that the author portrayed the sometimes less than glamorous side of running for office and it was refreshing to read the perspective of those who are involved in campaigns because their significant other is and how that effects them.While there are male characters in this book, I did appreciate how many strong female characters were represented. Overall, I really enjoyed Campaign Widows. I think it will make a great summer read and I would recommend it to my friends and family.
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  • D.L. Teamor
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, I’ve been a bad little reader and have fallen behind on my mini ARC book reviews… I promise I have many more coming, but today, I’m presenting a soon to be released jewel entitled Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti.Bad news first: in my opinion, there were too many characters (reminiscent of J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy,) and it was a bit challenging to hone in on the novel’s central figure. Once some of the layers of this literary onion was unpeeled, however, an entertaining story b Once again, I’ve been a bad little reader and have fallen behind on my mini ARC book reviews… I promise I have many more coming, but today, I’m presenting a soon to be released jewel entitled Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti.Bad news first: in my opinion, there were too many characters (reminiscent of J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy,) and it was a bit challenging to hone in on the novel’s central figure. Once some of the layers of this literary onion was unpeeled, however, an entertaining story began to unfold.Without giving away too much, I will say that if you follow political news, enjoy campaign backstories, and still have an affinity for Sex and the City, then this is the book for you! Agresti even gives you your own Carrie by way of writer, Sky Vasquez. In a nutshell, Campaign Widows makes for a great weekend read that will cause you to laugh, feel a tinker of sentiment, and allow you to get lost for a moment in the unbelievable world of political innerworkings.Give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed!
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  • Jessica Kimbel
    January 1, 1970
    Campaign Widows is a fast paced, funny, drama filled look into the lives of the significant others left behind when their partners hit the campain trail. Behind the success or failure of a candidate, the loved ones at home supporting them and keeping normal life on track experience their own success and failures and bond in a way only they can. With cheating partners, new friendship bonds, a surprise pregnancy, and even a fire baton twirling First Lady candidate, the entertainment in this book d Campaign Widows is a fast paced, funny, drama filled look into the lives of the significant others left behind when their partners hit the campain trail. Behind the success or failure of a candidate, the loved ones at home supporting them and keeping normal life on track experience their own success and failures and bond in a way only they can. With cheating partners, new friendship bonds, a surprise pregnancy, and even a fire baton twirling First Lady candidate, the entertainment in this book doesn't ever stop. Ms Agresti's writing is timed perfectly throughout the novel. Each chapter had more drama than the previous one, keeping the reader interested and flipping those pages. The characters are real and relatable, even if they do rub elbows with the rich and famous at every event. If you are a fan of the West Wing or Scandal on TV, you will love this book.I received an advanced reader copy for my honest review.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of Campaign Widows in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.This is the first of Aimee Agresti's novels which I have read, I am so glad I did!Campaign Widows tells the story of exactly that - partners who are left home while their significant others are out on the campaign trails in various positions - whether press or working for candidates directly. These trailing partners form an unlikely bond and help each other through the daily tribulations of life. Add s I received an ARC of Campaign Widows in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.This is the first of Aimee Agresti's novels which I have read, I am so glad I did!Campaign Widows tells the story of exactly that - partners who are left home while their significant others are out on the campaign trails in various positions - whether press or working for candidates directly. These trailing partners form an unlikely bond and help each other through the daily tribulations of life. Add some romance, glamour, and high society and you get an awesome Rom-Com that should be made into a movie. There is a huge ensemble in this book, which at times it was a bit tricky to remember who was who and who belonged to who - but overall the book flows and reads quickly. Highly recommend this!!
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  • Carmella
    January 1, 1970
    The plot quickly got boring for me and I'm sorry but, I couldn't finish the book. However, I do have to admit the wit in some parts was pretty good and yes, I did laugh. I think this author shows promise and I will check out some of her other works but sadly, I did not enjoy this book. Cady finds out she's been cheated on and I just basically lost interest after that point. She proceeds to gets wasted and gets rejected by the owner of Preamble as well. Shortly after that, it's basically just her The plot quickly got boring for me and I'm sorry but, I couldn't finish the book. However, I do have to admit the wit in some parts was pretty good and yes, I did laugh. I think this author shows promise and I will check out some of her other works but sadly, I did not enjoy this book. Cady finds out she's been cheated on and I just basically lost interest after that point. She proceeds to gets wasted and gets rejected by the owner of Preamble as well. Shortly after that, it's basically just her friends telling her to get a blowout at Drybar and that's when I decided to stop reading. I knew what I was getting into as they do mention it's like Sex & the City but in DC but, it REALLY leans into Sex & the City. That's just me though. I'm just not a fan of that trope.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    A breezy try-to-guess-it-really-is novel about a group of women-and men- involved with a Presidential campaign. If there's a fault to this novel it's that there are too many characters. There's also virtually no back story on anyone, which works only because again- there are so many characters. Although Cady is ostensibly the star of this group, Madison is perhaps the most intriguing (if least realistic). There are some nice DC details (even if I could not figure out where Reagan was living that A breezy try-to-guess-it-really-is novel about a group of women-and men- involved with a Presidential campaign. If there's a fault to this novel it's that there are too many characters. There's also virtually no back story on anyone, which works only because again- there are so many characters. Although Cady is ostensibly the star of this group, Madison is perhaps the most intriguing (if least realistic). There are some nice DC details (even if I could not figure out where Reagan was living that she could walk the twins where she did) and a few good snickers. If only all campaigns moved as quickly as this one! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good beach read.
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  • Caroline Ward-Nesbit
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for an advance review copy of this book. Fun book that I absolutely flew through! The publisher describes this novel as "Sex and the City meets The West Wing" which is accurate (though fewer sex scenes). Aimee Agresti has given us a very entertaining glimpse into the lives of those left holding down the fort during a presidential election cycle. Great for a beach read or if, like me, you're tired of the real political news and have already re-watched all of The West Wing.
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  • Ann Mah
    January 1, 1970
    With a keen eye and razor-sharp wit, Aimee Agresti depicts the presidential campaign trail from a new and refreshing angle: the spouses left holding down the home fort in Washington DC. Fun and fast-paced, populated with a lovable cast of characters – and peppered with undeniably dishy details – Campaign Widows will keep you turning the pages, even as it asks weightier questions about love, relationships, and the political process.
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  • Barb Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was advertised as Sex and the City meets The West Wing. Two of my favourite shows! So this was a no-brainer for me to read it.The story is about a group of unlikely friends, who have significant others that are connected with a presidential campaign. (Fictional, of course!) It's an interesting perspective on the 'other side' of the campaigning and planning for an election. As someone whose husband works on political campaigns, I can totally relate. (Although my scope is on a much small This book was advertised as Sex and the City meets The West Wing. Two of my favourite shows! So this was a no-brainer for me to read it.The story is about a group of unlikely friends, who have significant others that are connected with a presidential campaign. (Fictional, of course!) It's an interesting perspective on the 'other side' of the campaigning and planning for an election. As someone whose husband works on political campaigns, I can totally relate. (Although my scope is on a much smaller scale than in the book.)My interest in the book started as purely sensationalist, as in what kind of dirt will be dished out. But the author did a great job in developing the characters, and by the end of the book I was definitely invested in their lives and really cared about them. Basically I didn't want to book to end.I also liked the fact that the characters were all from different perspectives, and were affected differently by political life. Making the point that 'campaign widows' aren't just the wives (or husbands!) of the people running, they are the spouses of the press that follows the campaign, or the people that work on a campaign.This was a really interesting read: great story, great characters. I would highly recommend this one!Full disclosure: I received this eARC from Edelweiss for a fair and honest review. (Thanks Edelweiss!)
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I read this on the heels of "Make Trouble"be Cecile Richards-great companion. Cecile relates a life on the road, in Campaign Widows the stories of the folks holding down the fort is described. Lots of DC dish, frustration, political and personal commitment all laced with wit and occasionally wisdom. A fun read.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I met Aimee Agresti at the ALA Midwinter Conference. She was so friendly and happy! I got an advance copy of her book with the old cover on it and I must say: I flew through this book. Just the right amount of comedy, romance, intrigue, and politics.
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  • Sherrie
    January 1, 1970
    Truly a Sex in the City meets West Wing! Campaign Widows is a fun behind the sceneof a few hopefuls and their significant others during a presidential campaign and election. If only it could be a wild and fun as this story. Thank you Harper Colliins. #campaignwidows
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  • V
    January 1, 1970
    Fun if you're in the mood for this sort of thing.
  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
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