When politically ambitious Republican Megan Thompson falls for her Democrat roommate, Andrew Croswell, she must make the choice between career over love, or love over politics. Fans of Jojo Moyes’ One Plus One will love this sexy debut which smashes stereotypes and strives to make sense of our not-so-brave new world. Most of all, it asks a crucial question: Can love bridge the great American divide?
On the eve of the 2016 elections, young Republican Megan Thompson faces a once-in-a lifetime opportunity when her boss decides to groom her to run for his congressional seat in 2018. Ambitious and pragmatic, Megan is missing just one thing: a wealthy, well-connected trophy husband.
So, when Megan moves from Florida to DC and lets the congressman broker a power match, she’s looking to get down to work, not fall in love. And she’s definitely not looking to make nice with her new roommate, Andrew Croswell, a liberal environmentalist determined to make her life hell.
After a series of unpleasant blind dates, Megan begins to lose hope of finding her shiny white Republican knight in time to boost her appeal to donors and voters. At last she hits it off with Brock, a dashing, Don Draperesque spokesman for the NRA, and even love-shy Megan thinks he could be “the one.” But as the year progresses, she and Andrew start getting along a little too well, and Megan finds herself second-guessing all her well-laid plans.
Things start spinning out of control when a special election pushes everything up by a year. As Megan races against the clock, she’ll do anything to win—almost. Now she must choose: career over love, or love over politics?
Love, Across the Divide follows genuine, familiar characters from both sides of the aisle, smashing stereotypes and striving to make sense of our not-so-brave new world. Most of all, it asks a crucial question: Can love bridge the great American divide?
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Advanced Praise for Love, Across the Divide:
“An upbeat and thoughtful blend of romance and politics.” – Kirkus Reviews
“America is now a tribal place, and author Krystal Ford has effectively carved into this national polarity to craft a love story for the Trump era.” – Jordana Landsman
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“Sir, I would love nothing more than to run for office. That is my end goal. But as you’ve just pointed out—and as much as I hate to admit this—I may be rather unappealing to voters. Perhaps even unelectable at the moment.” She sighed. “I have enough experience to know an unwinnable race when I see one. Out of all those issues, the only one I could fix is my marital status. And I most certainly have no interest in falling in love anytime soon.” The back of her throat began to sting. The mere mention of love made her want to throw up.
Congressman White waved her concerns away as though he were shooing a pesky fly. “No one said anything about falling in love. No, I’m talking about a strategic power match.”
Megan couldn’t hide her confusion. But White seemed to be enjoying his little fantasy.
“Young, attractive, connected, intelligent, preferably wealthy . . . You could be the Republican version of the Obamas. Irresistible to voters! And I’m going to help you find your Mr. Right.”
Full-blown dread washed over Megan. “Oh no, sir. Thank you, that’s very kind. But you don’t need to do that.”
White made it clear she wasn’t going to get off the hook so easily. “It will be my pleasure!” He turned to his wife. “You know, I kind of think this will be fun. I’ll start making a list of eligible candidates.”
“Oh, darling, remember that young lobbyist we met at the fundraiser a couple months ago? From Exxon Mobil? He was so handsome, and polite!” Mrs. White clapped her hands together.
Megan groaned inwardly. Blind dates were beneath her, reserved for the desperate and lonely. She was neither. Her clock was not ticking in the least, and her single status didn’t keep her up at night. It was more of a relief—one less thing on her to-do list.
“OK, then. Should three weeks be enough time for you to get moved to D.C.?” Before Megan could reply, Congressman White pushed himself from the couch with a quiet groan, as his wife grasped his arm to assist in the effort. “Alright, great talking with you. Let me know the moment you’re settled in D.C. And I’ll start setting up some dates!”
Megan, still in shock, watched them exit the lobby together. What had she just agreed to? A job promotion? A move to D.C.? And a husband?
Originally from Montreal, Krystal Ford has fallen in love with the Hudson Valley, New York, where she calls home with her husband and two children. She has a Master of Arts from New York University and, when she’s not writing, works as a community organizer around environmental issues. Her favorite pastimes are reading books and gardening.
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