My favorite go-to romance novel is one I picked up when I was sixteen. A YA where the main character’s mother is running for President. And, unbelievably, it is still in print. It’s called The President’s Daughter, by Ellen Emerson White.
Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers likes her life just the way it is. She likes living in Massachusetts. She likes her school. And she has plenty of friends. But all that is about to change. Because Meg’s mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, is running for President. And she’s going to win.
After ten months of living in the White House, seventeen-year old Meg Powers knew she should be used to the pressures of life in the spotlight―but she wasn’t.
To have a normal relationship with Josh despite intrusions by reporters and secret service agents who followed her everywhere.In addition to the usual senior year worries―college applications and Josh, her first serious boyfriend―Meg had to live up to what was expected from the President’s daughter. She had to suppress her sense of humor and watch the way she dressed and spoke.
Then, just when everything was already so difficult, a shocking attack on her mother makes life in the White House even more impossible. Meg, her father, and her two younger brothers find they must turn to one another for solace and support―while her mother’s life hangs in the balance.
Then, as I was researching for this blog, I found out there are two more books in the series. Two more books I haven’t read. Long Live the Queen and Long May She Reign wrap up the series.
And after the last three weeks, I may need to revisit these books of my childhood. Perhaps a little YA romance is what my battered heart needs to move past a (in the whole scheme of things) rather silly little heartbreak at the hands of an actor I never had the pleasure of knowing. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. Long may my memories of him and the pleasures of youthful romance reign.