Description: From international #1 best-selling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a story about a girl from the trailer parks of central Florida and the two powerful men who shape her life one of whom will raise her up to places she never imagined, the other of whom will threaten to destroy her.
Amanda Beth Luker has spent her whole life desperately looking for someone who can show her the way out of her trailer park Florida town. And then, finally, help arrives in the form of Tom Davis, a successful lawyer with political aspirations who grew up just a few towns over from Amanda. But it’s his wife, Lindsay, who really captures Amanda’s imagination. Strong, smart, and determined, she gives Amanda something she’s never had: a role model. Meanwhile, Amanda is introduced to the wealthy, charismatic, and deeply troubled Pax Westerbrook. He clearly desires Amanda, but if she gives in will that move her closer to the life she’s always dreamed of or make it impossible?
Amanda rides Davis’s political success all the way to Washington, where he becomes Senator and will later be tapped for president and even make a bid for the White House. But when Amanda starts to suspect, and later confirms, his moral indiscretions, her loyalty is tested. Will a girl from a trailer park even be believed if she goes public with damning information? Will she be willing to risk losing everything she’s gained?
Amanda Luker in Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus’ novel “So Close” portrayed a modern-day rags-to-riches story of a small-town girl just trying to get out of the trailer park and make something of herself. While Amanda is the main character, poor little rich boy Pax Westerbrook is certainly the catalyst for the entire story. Having met during a night of clubbing, Pax is the reason Amanda loses her job and through trying to make it up to her, he also gives her another chance at meeting Senator Davis and his wife Lindsay.
While Pax is intertwined and constantly comes in and out of Amanda’s life, this isn’t an ordinary Cinderella story. Amanda works hard for everything she has. She demonstrates an incredible work ethic throughout the book, and it was especially impressive to see how hard she worked day in and day out on the Senator’s campaign with no hope or guarantee of a paycheck. That kind of work ethic really revealed her character and entrepreneurial spirit.
It was interesting to get the behind the scenes glimpse of the path to the presidency. International best-selling authors, Emma McLaughlin and Nicole Kraus did a great job of making me feel like I was jet-lagged on the campaign trail alongside Amanda. Told through Amanda’s eyes, her character with all of her flaws and naïveté were well-developed and easily relatable.
As intriguing as the political indiscretions made this book, for me it was really about Amanda’s entrepreneurial drive and her determination to become someone outside of the trailer park. While life offers opportunities randomly and sporadically, it’s really about what you make of those opportunities and how you create your own windows when no others open for you.
*I received this book through BookSparks for participating in #SRC2016 in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.