December 9th, 2008
The fun continues. First Lady features what’s billed as a sophisticated female character who is thrust into “the real world” when she decides to run away from her duties as first lady and see the country as an average citizen. She ends up cutting her hair, disguising herself as a pregnant woman, and gets her hastily purchased car stolen (with all her money inside) before the second day is over. Stranded at a truck stop, she gets a ride with a man and two children in a rundown RV (now where have I read that setting before…?). The man is kindhearted enough to offer her a lift, but then tells her that in exchange, she has to care for the kids (who aren’t even his) while they make their way to Iowa to drop them on their unsuspecting grandmother.
Well, ok, I thought she was supposed to be smart, but would a rational person:
- Disguise herself by strapping a pillow to her stomach in the sweltering heat
- Leave her keys in the car with the door unlocked at a truck stop
- Leave all her money inside said unlocked vehicle while she goes in to have dinner
- Take a ride that a stranger offers in a barely roadworthy RV
- Agree to stay with the stranger and care for kids she doesn’t even know and he claims aren’t his
- Tell this same stranger a whole bunch of explosively scandalous secrets
I rest my case. Still, I think maybe I’m being a little too analytical with these novels. They are romances, have the typical formulas, and have happy endings. I have to admit that this one had a little more to offer than Kiss an Angel by way of plot and character development, even if some of the things the characters did were a little unbelievable. So, would I read another of her books? Maybe, but only if it doesn’t take place in a rundown RV.