Presidential daughter Jocelyn Wakefield grows weary of living in a glass prison. She longs to escape, just once, to wander the tourist attractions of Washington D.C. and drink in the freedom most folks take for granted. Hosting too many state events, and being compared to Jacqueline Kennedy can have that effect. In a sudden burst of inspiration, Jocelyn enlists the aid of her grandmother, an old tunnel once used as part of the Underground Railroad, and transforms herself into an ordinary woman for twenty-four hours. Once she makes good her escape, however, a rather rambunctious dog trips up her plans. Literally.
The man who pulls her to her feet is political column writer Grady Tucker. In a time of the acerbic political humorist, Grady just pokes fun; bringing his targets with wit but without rancor. Yet Jocelyn fears that a representative of the very people she seeks to escape will blow her cover. A helpful passerby that remarkably resembles Santa Claus pauses to assists them. Soon Jocelyn finds herself grudgingly acknowledging her attraction to Grady. Unfortunately, her false identity makes any kind of relationship impossible.
Readers in need of a bit of entertaining fluff will find Janet Dailey's A CAPITAL HOLIDAY a lovely read. While impractical, and in wake of terrorist activities, entirely too dangerous, A CAPITAL HOLIDAY does live up to the need to escape and have fun. Main characters are captivating while secondary characters like the grandma and her butler add special zest. The lively spirit that pervades the novel pays its debt of gratitude when characters acknowledge "Roman Holiday" and "Miracle on 34th Street" for inspiration. Lighthearted and amusing, this comedy sparkles with starry-eyed holiday spirit, coming recommended.