Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review for And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton,

And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

 publication: March 10th 2020 by Berkley

An intimate portrait of the life of Jackie O…

Few of us can claim to be the authors of our fate. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy knows no other choice. With the eyes of the world watching, Jackie uses her effortless charm and keen intelligence to carve a place for herself among the men of history and weave a fairy tale for the American people, embodying a senator’s wife, a devoted mother, a First Lady—a queen in her own right.

But all reigns must come to an end. Once JFK travels to Dallas and the clock ticks down those thousand days of magic in Camelot, Jackie is forced to pick up the ruined fragments of her life and forge herself into a new identity that is all her own, that of an American legend. 

My Thoughts…

I’d love to go back in time and live the world with Jackie Kennedy Onsassis.   To see such an amazing woman navigate a life that wasn’t always easy, that had such a great love as she shared with Jack, and to see her love her children so entirely would be wonderful.   She had style, grace, and a strong will that no one stood a chance when they pushed her against her morals.   

They Called it Camelot is a rare look inside the life of the former First Lady’s life.   It is a celebration of the life of Jackie while also sharing the heartbreak that came along with her life in the limelight.    There were times I had to remember that this was not a biography of Jackie, it is a historical fiction telling of her life.   

When I started the chapters of 1963, I slowed way down in my reading.   I knew what happens in 1963 and was not ready to read Jackie’s perspective on her husband’s murder.    The tears rolled down my cheeks as I read how she second-guessed what she could have done to save him,  how she protected him even in death, and how different her life was going to be with Jack not in her life.    The strength that she showed to the nation and for her kids while she mourned the love her of her life showed how truly strong she was. 

They Called it Camelot is a top read for 2020.   

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