Breathless by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Short, sweet and sexy – we loved this book. Lara is a movie star whose career has crashed and burnt. She is in the throes o...

46 by Lynn Ames


This book is equal parts a political drama, a social statement and a romance.

The 46th President of the US, elected in 2020 is fifty-two year old Emma McMasters, an out lesbian. She had an over three decades long relationship with Heather. But Heather, Emma’s wife, was killed in an accident three years ago and ever since then Emma has been wedded to her work. Emma is charismatic, compassionate and intelligent. Fifty-six year old Palmer Estes has spent her life in the military and is now the top advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At sixteen, when she was just discovering her sexuality, she was caught, berated, verbally abused and disowned by her father. Since then she has hardly had any romantic relationships.

The story follows Emma’s political journey and her fishbowl existence with the romance between the two very strong women excellently interwoven into the narrative.

Emma and Palmer are incredibly beautiful humans with such a great relationship. They talk. Couples who talk and who listen to each other are quite our kryptonite. And these two talk about everything – about themselves and their relationship. Given that they both are 50+ this jells perfectly. As does the fact that they recognise their feelings for each other fairly early and do not dally around after that. It is a fact that after a point in life, you just don’t want to play either the waiting game or really any game.

There are so many subtleties that are awesome. Like the fact that Emma is willing to chuck being careful to be with Palmer and Palmer makes sure that she takes care of the optics for Emma. This is such beautiful love. Like when Palmer stands up for her girlfriend against her father. Like Emma’s sense of humour. Like Palmer’s talk about Heather with Emma. Like Emma’s steadfastness when Palmer is dealing with her mother. Like Emma going out on a limb initially despite being the most powerful person on earth. Like both of them being vulnerable with each other. Like the fact that it is entirely possible (from the way it is described) that at fifty-six, Palmer probably has slept with a woman just once -- and that (we mean decades or even a lifetime) without sex is a real thing in many lives and it is nice to have it kind or acknowledged here without judgement.

Balancing Emma’s presence was a difficult task, but Ames makes Palmer an equal person and personality.

We’d definitely recommend this for great writing, a wonderful relationship and a President so awesome that we’d most certainly vote for her. 


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