The Hopefuls; Jennifer Close
Knopf / Random House Audio
(Narrator - Jorjeana Marie is fantastic)
The Hopefuls is a delightful story that examines marriage, friendship, ambition, loyalty and jealously. The story is told from the POV of Beth Kelly, a young wife who once was an editor for Vanity Fair in New York City.
Beth gives up her dreams to follow her husband Matt to Washington, DC so her can pursue his own political aspirations. Settling in is difficult for Beth but, she and Matt become fast friends with another young couple from Texas. Jimmy and Ashleigh Dillion. Jimmy's a charismatic, Whitehouse staffer and his wife "Ash" is a sweet Southern Belle. As the friendship blossoms the foursome seems inseparable. Just as Beth begins to feel a little more comfortable in DC, with a job for a social website, Matt begins to feels his job at a standstill while Jimmy's seems to be on the way up.
Set after the O'Bama's take office in 2008, as a reader I felt I was getting the inside scoop into the political circles and protocol of how people in Washington behave. I loved the descriptions of everything around DC and the way the author skillfully made a dialogue driven novel so much fun. The author's own husband worked on President O'Bama's presidential campaign which is probably another reason the happenings seemed so realistic. The audiobook, narrated by Jorjeana Marie was fantastic. The characters were enjoyable, I especially loved the Southern Belle, Ash.
If you love audiobooks and a story that will make you smile. Be sure to try this one.
(audio download from Publisher)