True Courage by Kathryn Barrett

A Dose Of Daily Courage

True Courage by Kathryn Barrett is a compelling contemporary novel that is completely consuming. It was a cracking read.

The action is set in the White House with a fictitious president who is a decorated war veteran. The walls are ingrained with past presidents who like to offer advice.

The president is a man of principles. He prefers to be truthful and risk his popularity rather than feed the people the party line.

We see that being the president is a lonely job, not only for him but also for his fourteen year old daughter. Being surrounded by a security detail is not the way to gain new friends at a new school. We witness some awful, sneaky bullying. It takes courage to keep on facing daily life.

There is the pull back to when life was simpler in Chicago.

Characters held in high regard by the public are struggling under the weight of past events. Characters feel guilty for actions they did not do in youth. The guilt travels down the years, pulling them down.

All the characters were well drawn, likable, realistic and easy to empathise with.

I thoroughly enjoyed True Courage. I think it would make a terrific movie or mini series. This was my first novel by Kathryn Barrett but I intend to read many more.

I received a free copy from the author for a blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


True Courage

From award-winning author Kathryn Barrett:

Some days it was hell being leader of the free world.

The Washington press calls him the “accidental president.” As a Medal of Honor recipient and national hero, Adam Dybik agreed to run for president during the country’s deepest crisis.

Now that things have stabilized, he’s got problems at home: his 14-year-old daughter Katie keeps ditching her Secret Service protection and reminding him he’s the world’s worst father. And on top of that, he’s begun hearing the voices of dead presidents. Either he’s going mad, or the White House is haunted.

As the new head of Katie’s Secret Service detail, Ellie Brody is trying to live up to the high expectations of her father, former agent Frank Brody. But her new job puts her in direct danger of succumbing to the president’s charm.

Can these two find love in the White House, under the most intense media scrutiny—and the watchful eye of Lyndon Johnson?

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Kathryn Barrett has always loved larger-than-life characters and happy-ever-after endings. After working on several political campaigns, including a US presidential campaign, she moved to England and began writing the stories that intrigued her. Her first novel, TEMPTATION, was the winner of the Golden Quill Best First Book contest, the Holt Medallion for Best Mainstream/Single Title, and the Holt Award of Merit for Best First Book. Find out more at

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