Tuesday, February 12, 2013

O!Jackie Review and Giveaway

Title: O! Jackie
Author - Mercedes King
Web site: OJackiebook.com
Twitter: @OJackiebook

 Despite her poise and graceful smile, Jackie Kennedy’s life was far from perfect. Behind closed doors, Jackie struggled with bouts of depression, endured a heartbreaking road to motherhood, and had difficult relationships with those closest to her. Ravaged by insecurities and humiliation, she even wrestled her own temptations for both other men and divorce. But Jackie clung to the belief that she could make JFK abandon his wandering ways. Through the years, though, Jack Kennedy’s lustful escapades grew in carelessness and frequency, and most needling for Jackie were his trysts with Marilyn Monroe. When Marilyn becomes erratic and unstable, Jackie must decide how far she will go to protect the presidency and to save her marriage. 

My Review

O! Jackie is masterfully written, emotional and heart-wrenching. I stayed up well-past midnight every night gobbling down every word of this novelization of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis's  life with her first husband. The voice shifts seamlessly from fictional diary entries to a third person narrative. O! Jackie blends facts with stunning imaginings of her encounters with Marilyn Monroe, Bobby Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, and Aristotle Onassis, among others. But, the story isn't a feel-good romp through Hollywood. Rather, it's the tale of a dutiful young woman who finds herself unwillingly in the limelight and in love with a chronically unfaithful man, and this woman goes to shocking lengths to hold her family together.

Jackie feels trapped in what is basically an arranged marriage with JFK, pushed by her mother to marry well, and pressured by the Kennedys to perform as a poised and perfect wife. Lonely and constantly trying to pin down the affections of a husband who humiliates her with very public trysts, Jackie goes to extremes to keep her husband and her spotless reputation.

It was so easy to identify with the protagonist, her yearning to be loved, the turmoil of handling painful situations, her desire to be a normal mom and wife. But since this book isn't a biography, but a historical imagining of Jackie O's life, you'll get surprising twists. Especially at the conclusion of the novel. Scandals, empathy for Jackie and an abundance of conflicted characters equals a book without equal. I can't imagine a soul on this planet who wouldn't enjoy O! Jackie. This is best-seller material!

Author Bio:
A founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio, Mercedes King is an active member and past president. She graduated from Capital University with a degree in Criminology, and since then has been crafting stories with a scandalous flair. A born and bred Buckeye, she writes in a variety of genres and is hard at work on her next novel. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for letting me stop by and share O! Jackie with you and your readers. Can I bottle and save your review?! :) That was so kind of you, and I'm very grateful. Blushing, too. Thank you!