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September 16, 2013

O! JACKIE by Mercedes King


by Mercedes King

 O! Jackie
 Triumph Productions 2012

OVERVIEW (from Amazon)
Jackie Kennedy's private life wasn't picture-perfect. When she married the dashing senator from Massachusetts with the racy reputation, Jackie had no idea what it would mean to be a political wife. Family relationships proved difficult, and her journey to motherhood was paved with heartache. She remained devoted to an unfaithful husband and under the glare of the media, she struggled to maintain her poise and dignity. Through the years one of Jack's frequent paramours became increasingly irksome, Marilyn Monroe. When the affair seeps into public knowledge, and as Marilyn spirals out of control, Jackie must decide how far she will go to fight for her marriage and to save the presidency.
This book is about the Kennedy family.  The author gives some information about all of  them.   The main part of the book is about Jackie, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.  She married into the Kennedy family.  She had to have been a strong woman overall. She was a fashion icon, a First Lady, a mother and a wife.She was in a marriage that she was expected to remain in.  Her own family and Joe Kennedy expected it, demanded it.   What Joe Kennedy wanted, Joe Kennedy got. Jackie held her pain inside so to the public she looked like she was happily married, the perfect First Lady, to John Kennedy. She had to bear her husband's infidelities, miscarriages and  the Kennedy men to put up.  The Kennedy women weren't any better.  They "played" on her pain. Aristotle Onassis was the only one who seemed to genuinely care about her. The author ended the story in 1962 before the assassination in 1963. The author did a wonderful job of telling of the life of Jackie. Sometimes you weren't sure whether it was true or fiction. The book kept me riveted to my chair, not wanting to put it down. Sometimes I just wanted Jackie to leave her less than perfect husband.  Tell the whole Kennedy clan and their "Camelot" to go to.  I in a way do understand though.  There was so much pressure, not only being the First Lady but there was the Kennedy pressure. She was trying to keep the public from finding out about her husband and his affairs. Ms. King had me feeling the pain and  the humiliation. I was sad for her. The pain she must have been feeling for so long.  I found the ending was quite  surprising.  I hadn't expected it at all. I would recommend this book to anyone.  Ms. King wrote a very good book about Jackie and Camelot.

I would give this book a solid 5 stars.
I was given a complimentary copy of O! JACKIE from the author, Mercedes King for this honest review.

Mercedes King is an Ohio native and founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio (affectionately dubbed SiCCO). With a degree in Criminology from Capital University and a passion for writing, she crafted O! Jackie, a novel focusing on the private life of Jackie Kennedy. She has also written The Kennedy Chronicles, a series of short stories featuring JFK and Jackie before they were married and before 'Camelot'. Mercedes writes in a variety of genres, including historical and mystery, and is working on her next book. Feel free to visit her site at or contact her at Mercedes 'at' ojackiebook 'dot' com. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter (@ojackiebook).!%20JACKIE%20by%20Mercedes%20King

1 comment:

Mercedes King said...

Hi Gayle!

Thank you for such a generous review! Yes, I agree, there were times when you wish maybe Jackie would've packed up and left, but like you said, it was such a different era. Expectaions ruled. Loved writing this book and spending time with an unforgettable first lady. Here's hoping many others will enjoy it too. Thanks!