Author Guest Post
Why We Love Jackie Kennedy
By Mercedes King
It’s been fifty years since Jackie Kennedy graced the White House (and edging close to twenty years since her passing), yet adoration for the former first lady endures. Why? Many of the presidents’ wives have done their duty--respectfully so--and moved on to quiet lives after their husband’s time in office, and let’s face it, many are forgettable. But not Jackie. Aside from her controversial and puzzling marriage to Aristotle Onassis, what was it about Jackie Kennedy that engraved her on so many hearts? I think I know.
Her style. Comparisons come and go, but we all know that no first lady before or since was as elegant as Jackie. For instance, do we swoon at the remembrance of Nancy Reagan’s inaugural gown? Probably not. Even though the events of 1961 were well before my time, I’m familiar with the gowns Jackie wore to the inaugural gala and to the inaugural balls, as are many Kennedy admirers. After all, they’ve been on display, featured in magazines, immortalized in museums. When we think of Jackie’s style though, we may also recall Jackie, a refined equestrienne, in jodhpurs--and looking equally stunning. How many women could pull that off?
Her grace. Jackie’s poise and manners are legendary. She charmed world leaders and always had a smile ready for the cameras--even when the cameras and reporters became too invasive for Jackie’s taste. Even more remarkable? That public persona of hers never cracked, regardless of rumors of her husband’s naughty activities.
Her love of family. First and foremost, Jackie Kennedy was a wife and mother. Despite JFK’s dalliances, Jackie’s devotion never wavered. Pictures of her on the floor or at the beach with a young Caroline and an even younger John Jr. make Jackie relatable. She loved being a mother, and unfortunately, her journey toward motherhood was one of tragedy. She knew the pain of miscarriage, the devastation of having a stillborn (Arabella), and the deep, grievous loss of her newborn, Patrick. Our hearts break over such trials, and as parents ourselves, we rejoice in her happiness.
Her strength. After JFK’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy showed more dignity than anyone would have imagined possible. She not only planned the funeral with history in mind, but she also saw to it that the country--and her children--gave her husband a meaningful, respectful send off. Although the grief was evident on her face, and she was entitled to a breakdown after what she had been through, Jackie did not let her bereavement take over. She made our nation proud at a most difficult time.
Fine women will continue to come and go and fulfill their first lady duties, but it is doubtful that any will be as admired, talked about, and remembered as fondly as Jackie Kennedy.
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Publisher: Triumph Productions
Publication Date: December 29, 2012
Format: Paperback - 442 pages / Kindle - 648 KB
Genre: Historical Fiction / Literary Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.
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 Book Review:
Who hasn't been captivated by the mystique that was Camelot, and by the U.S.'s own royal family that is the Kennedy clan? Who hasn't wondered about the reality of the widespread rumors and inner workings of this famous family?
In O! Jackie, author Mercedes King weaves a captivating tale where history meets fiction in a "what if / what may have occurred" memoir of Jackie and John F. Kennedy's marriage. Written in the third person narrative, the reader is treated to a fascinating story of what could have been a realistic unfolding of the dramatic trials and tribulations that Jackie endured in her marriage to the infamous, much beloved, but very randy U.S. President John F. Kennedy. With journal entries, historical figures, factual events, and media headlines, the author has created a spellbinding story that evokes a gamut of emotions as the reader steps into Jackie's mind for a behind the scenes in-depth look into the awe-inspiring dynamic of America's most beloved political families. You can't help but feel for this most elegant and famous first lady, her endearing style and grace captivated a nation, while the traumatic ups and downs of her private life was played out in a very public way.
Since I was born in 1964, I missed the mystical time period that was Camelot. Both of my parents were admirers of the Kennedy clan, and I can remember them telling me about this magical time in the U.S., and about the hopes and dreams that the nation had during the JFK administration, and how it came to an untimely and tragic end in Dallas on that unforgettable day in November 1963. As I grew older I became interested in the history and lore of the Kennedy clan, especially Jackie. I was fascinated by this very private and gentile lady's life until her death, so when I saw there was an opportunity to participate in a virtual book tour event for this fictionalized story of her life, I knew I just had to join in, and I am oh so glad that I did. Author Mercedes King has created a wonderful story that has satisfied my own questions into what may have occurred in the Kennedy marriage and administration in a very realistic way. While we will never really know what went on behind the closed door of their marriage, or really know the Kennedy family secrets, this intriguing story will definitely peak your interest and keep you wondering "what if," while still maintaining the mystique that was Camelot.
O! Jackie is a riveting fictionalized story about the magical time period and the powerful political family that made up Camelot. This story is simply a must read!
RATING: 5 STARS *****