Thursday, December 03, 2020

Review: Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch

Title: Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing
Author: Allison Winn Scotch
Published: August 2020, Lake Union Publishing
Format: Paperback, 322 pages
Source: Publicist

Politics is a test of wills in a sharp, funny, and emotional novel about truth and consequences by the New York Times bestselling author.

Cleo McDougal is a born politician. From congresswoman to senator, the magnetic, ambitious single mother now has her eye on the White House—always looking forward, never back. Until an estranged childhood friend shreds her in an op-ed hit piece gone viral.

With seven words—“Cleo McDougal is not a good person”—the presidential hopeful has gone from in control to damage control, and not just in Washington but in life.

Enter Cleo’s “regrets list” of 233 and counting. Her chief of staff has a brilliant idea: pick the top ten, make amends during a media blitz, and repair her reputation. But there are regrets, and there are regrets: like her broken relationship with her sister, her affair with a law school professor…and the regret too big to even say out loud.

But with risk comes reward, and as Cleo makes both peace and amends with her past, she becomes more empowered than ever to tackle her career, confront the hypocrites out to destroy her, and open her heart to what matters most—one regret at a time.

My thoughts: I've read a few of Allison Winn Scotch's books and was excited to have been given the opportunity to read her latest. This was an unexpected delight.

This is a smart, savvy book that will give you lots of food for thought. I don't tend to read a lot of political books or really any books that touch on that topic. It really is more that Cleo is running for President and has major damage control after an op-ed piece comes out stating she is not a good person. That becomes the basis for her deciding to take her list of 233 regrets to task. 

I liked that this book is so much more than just a fluffy women's fiction piece. It would make a great book club selection as there is so much here to discuss. There are relationship issues, gender roles, women empowerment, and so on. The cover is a little deceiving as it may lead you to think this is a light, fluffy read but it is anything but. I definitely recommend picking this one may just surprise you!



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