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Book Review: Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson

Daisy Richardson is a thirty-four-year-old go-getter, the daughter of a highly respected and notable political figure, Senator Gregory Richardson. The knowledge her father imparted has enabled her to land the position of chief-of-staff for the rising star Senator from Maryland. When the news breaks of her father’s untimely death amid a public scandal, the life she is working so hard to achieve suddenly comes crashing down. With financial troubles looming, the Richardson family has no choice but to sell their beloved Georgetown home leaving Daisy, her sister Wallis, and mother Cricket on the outs in the cutthroat world of DC politics.

Despite their family’s misfortune, the three women portray a united front, dealing with their circumstances as best as they can. Cricket tries to reinvent herself, choosing to swallow her pride and move on from her departed husband’s very public transgressions. Wallis gets herself back in the mix by dating the son of her late father’s adversary, despite warnings from her family and friends. As for Daisy, her best friend who she secretly loves returns to DC, and is tasked with writing an exposé on her father.

Ladies of the House is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that accurately depicts a political family’s fall from grace, a timely piece in the current political climate. All three women experience grief, mistrust, and heartache in a world that seeks pleasure from the hardship of others. The highlight of the story is the evolving relationship among the women as they deal with the aftermath of Senator Gregory Richardson’s transgressions, keeping their integrity intact. Addictive, fast-paced, and highly entertaining, Ladies of the House is a redemptive story set in the hotbed of DC politics.

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