Little, Brown, Feb 2003, 23.95, 336 pp.
Fifth generation apple grower, Hush McGillen is proud of her Georgia mountain roots and being 100% American, but she never expected to be spending any time at the White House. She had not even contemplated visiting as a tourist. However, not only is she in DC and inside the Pennsylvania Avenue barriers, Hush is at war with the First Lady on the enemy's turf.
The war of the women began when Hush's son Davis brings to the orchard his pregnant Harvard girlfriend, “Eddie” Jacobs. Now Eddie is no ordinary student as she is the First Daughter and she and Davis have slipped away from the Secret Service. Surprisingly, Hush turning deep purple when she begins to find the First Nephew quite attractive, but there still remains a war of the ladies to resolve as the vultures from the media begin turning over the red clay.
The romance seems unlikely, but once the reader accepts that Eddie and Davis are an entry, the audience will appreciate the richness of the story line. The key to the tale is when Hush provides her first person observations of the past, present, and the future. When the nephew takes center stage, he behaves more like Edward G. Robinson in a flick than a relative of the first family. Still, fans of Deborah Smith will delight in her latest contemporary tale that sheds a deep light on rural Georgia.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner