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Zebra, Oct 2001, 6.99, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0821772244

    After two years as the First Daughter, Jocelyn Wakefield cannot stand being the paragon of behavior that she must be while her father occupies the White House. Needing some breathing room, Jocelyn decides to escape the net of the Secret Service and the even worse trappings of the media circus that reports her every movement down to a sneeze. She plans to spend a day in town as just another Jane Doe American.
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    With the help of her grandmother, non-Jocelyn escapes her White House prison only to crash into political columnist Grady Tucker, who could easily destroy more than just her day off with a few strokes of his word processor. However, he finds Jocelyn more charming in person than as her father's hostess. Without her retinue of protectors and media maniacs, Grady and Jocelyn find they are attracted to one another. However, talk about the wrong side of the tracks. Can a nationally syndicated political reporter and the daughter of the President find the time, privacy, and trust to allow love to soar like a bird in the sky?

    CAPITAL HOLIDAY is an Americanizing modern update of the classic “Roman Holiday” as Janet Dailey entertains the audience with her DC Holiday fluffy but fun story line. Fans of romantic romps will relish this tale because the lead couple seems like genuine individuals. However, with the horrific terrorists' incidents the First Daughter's actions now seem dangerous. Being from the Bronx, having been to the Twins, and having a beloved cousin Marion residing within a few blocks while not knowing how she is doing, I know the fears and anguish. My prayers go out to everyone.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy Who:    -   poppa Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Family focus?    -   Yes Family, loving    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   journalist Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   unemployed


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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