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Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing

By: Allison Winn Scotch
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's summary

Politics is a test of wills in a sharp, funny, and emotional novel about truth and consequences by the New York Times bestselling author.

Cleo McDougal is a born politician. From congresswoman to senator, the magnetic, ambitious single mother now has her eye on the White House - always looking forward, never back. Until an estranged childhood friend shreds her in an op-ed hit piece gone viral.

With seven words - "Cleo McDougal is not a good person" - the presidential hopeful has gone from in control to damage control, and not just in Washington but in life.

Enter Cleo's "regrets list" of 233 and counting. Her chief of staff has a brilliant idea: pick the top ten, make amends during a media blitz, and repair her reputation. But there are regrets, and there are regrets: like her broken relationship with her sister, her affair with a law school professor...and the regret too big to even say out loud.

But with risk comes reward, and as Cleo makes both peace and amends with her past, she becomes more empowered than ever to tackle her career, confront the hypocrites out to destroy her, and open her heart to what matters most - one regret at a time.

©2020 Allison Winn Scotch (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Cleo, who is reviewing a list of personal regrets currently numbering 233, is portrayed by Whelan as reflective in addressing her mistakes and accepting in assessing her past. Whelan's portrayals of other characters, including Cleo's moody teenage son, Lucas, help to distinguish them and breathe life into their personalities. Her deliberate pacing fits well with Cleo's highly controlled persona.” --AudioFile Magazine

“Scotch’s trademark humor and heart are on full display in this expertly plotted and characterized outing. The author’s fans will devour this, and it will win her new readers as well.” --Publishers Weekly

Editor's Pick

Studying the past to define the future
With a U.S. presidential election only a few months away, I was eager to escape into some political fiction that was, ahem, less anxiety-inducing than our current state of affairs. Thanks to Allison Winn Scotch’s latest novel, Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing, voiced by Julia Whelan—one of my all-time favorite performers—I got my wish. Senator McDougal is an unabashedly ambitious single mom and a potential presidential candidate. She is defined by a fierce independent streak and picks up her father’s habit of cataloging acts of contrition without dwelling too much on these actions. It’s only after her high school rival writes an unflattering op-ed about her that Cleo is finally forced to face—and forgive—her past transgressions. In this story, Scotch also effectively addresses ugly truths about gender-based power dynamics, but offers a much-needed glimmer of hope that things can change for the next generation. —Valerie B., Audible Editor