I had forgotten the chronology of the Watergate scandal and how all the people involved were connected. Though much of the dialogue is "best guess" stuff, it did explain a lot to me about the possible motivations for all of the participants, including Nixon and rosemary Woods. There were a few surprises!
The development of the characters over decades was fascinating. The storyline was not predictable and kept me listening. I'm also from Wichita and I was surprised how accurately the city was recounted over the years.
The Chaperone herself because she began to understand what it meant to grow throughout life. Her underlying values were ones I could admire and it was easy to cheer for her.
The longer the story went on, the more mesmerizing it became. It did seem to go slowly in the beginning which is why I would rate it a 4.5 if possible. In the final chapters, it was so interesting to think about the young woman at the beginning of the book and the same woman and her family at the end. I would be perfectly happy with a sequel beginning with a new family member, perhaps her granddaughter! The narration was spot on.
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