"The beautiful young widow of the President of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back into the role of the First Lady. Not for long, however, because she's made up her mind to escape -- if only for a few days -- so she can live the life of an ordinary person. All she needs is the perfect disguise...and she's just found it. As an entire nation searches for her, the First Lady teams up with an infuriatingly secretive, quietly seductive stranger and two adorable little orphaned girls in need of a family. And all together they head out across the heartland chasing their own American Dream -- on a wild journey, adventure, and glorious rebirth."
Mat used to work for a Tabloid TV Show but grew sick of it. He a had met a woman named Sandi, and they married but shortly after they were divorced. Sandi decided to keep his last name and come to find out he now has two daughters, Lucy and Button. Sandi passes away in a auto accident with Buttons real father. Since Mat is on both their birth certificates he needs to figure this all out and fast.
Cornelia Case is the widow of President Dennis Case. The White House still wants her to continue her duty as First Lady and help the Vice President out. And that is something she does not want to do. She keeps it up as long as she can , but now its time to call it quits. Cornelia is tired of being in the public and she decides its time for a break, literally. Breaking out the White House couldn't be so easy, could it?
Cornelia meets Mat at a truck stop after her rental care is stolen from under her nose and the cash she needed. Let the adventure begin. How long is the First Lady able to evade the Secret Service?
I liked the story, but overall I just felt like I was missing something.
The characters were the strongest when they were together, then they were alone. Cornelia was smart, wise, and goodhearted. Mat on the other hand was macho, softhearted at times, and not interested in being a family man. Lucy was the teenager from hell, but who wouldn't be after everything she went through. Button was glue to them which I thought was super sweet due neither of them are her real parents. I was glad when Lucy comes around.
The ending was a bit of a surprise, but overall this book is sweet, charming, and funny. Susan Elizabeth Phillips brings you not only into the White House, but shows you forever does come true.