Monday, February 11, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: O! JACKIE & $100 AMAZON GC GIVEAWAY



O! Jackie by Mercedes King

Mainstreem/Commercial/Literary
Date to be Published: 12/29/2012


About the book . . . 

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.


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Book excerpt . . . 
My husband’s faithfulness to being unfaithful tortured our marriage. The relationship never seemed about just the two of us. I suffered a great deal, both publicly and privately, but few people knew. Those who did know could not comfort me.
    Ours was a complicated history. We were both so complex, so set in our ways, and worst of all, we were the product of our parents, though we vowed not to resemble them. And when two strong and independent people are united¾ with domineering and opinionated parents behind them¾ such a couple may spend their lives trying not to tear each other apart.
    Despite everything that’s happened, I feel no regrets. Yet there are times when the enormity of one’s choices is difficult to bear. You struggle to hold on to a shred of sanity. Sometimes you pacify yourself. Other times you live in delusion. Sometimes you simply fail to hold it all together.
 

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    Since becoming the senator’s wife, Jackie had faced a difficult adjustment. Jack traveled extensively, but the loneliness was tolerable. He regularly brought home a parade of friends and aides, unannounced, but she grew accustomed to the in-house crowd. Frequent moves were taxing but doable, the whirlwind lifestyle demanding but manageable. What drained and anguished her most was Jack’s family.
    The Kennedy clan was loud, rambunctious and numerous. They preferred heated debates at the dinner table and rough games afterward. Jack thrived on his family’s presence and basked in their company.
    Jackie’s quiet nature and polished manners made her transition into the family awkward. An introvert, she received lackluster attention from Jack’s sisters. Some Kennedy women interpreted her shyness as a snub.
    Somehow, the couple would need to create a balance as they meshed their different worlds.
    For now, she dismissed thoughts of her in-laws and picked up her pace. After all, she could be spontaneous. Jack would be pleased, she reminded herself. That made Jackie all the more eager to see her husband.
    After working her way through the Senate Office Building toward Jack’s office, Jackie found that his secretary was away from her desk. As she glanced around, she suddenly heard giggles from behind office door No. 326. Puzzled, she decided to let herself in, with only a gentle knock to broadcast her entry.
    “Surprise, darling…,” she began.
    And was he ever.
    Jack sat in his chair behind the desk. A beautiful young woman was between Jack and his desk, buttoning her blouse. Her cheeks flushed, and she fumbled as strands of her blond hair kept falling in her way.
    Jack nearly sent sparks flying as he zipped his pants.
    The young woman hopped off the desk and straightened her skirt. She avoided looking at Jackie as she made a beeline for the door. Then she paused, as if her escape was interrupted by programming, and asked Jack, “Is there anything I can get you?” An obnoxious wave of her perfume stung Jackie’s nose.
    Jack shook his head and scowled at her. He stood and went to his wife, who had not taken her eyes off him since entering the room.
    “Jackie. Wh-What are you doing here?” He forced a weak grin.
    Jackie didn’t answer. Didn’t blink.
    Jack’s smile widened and he reached to embrace her. He was stopped by a gloved but sharp slap on the cheek.
    Jackie gasped, bewildered by her own action. Jack stared at her, his face awash with disbelief. As the shock slowly faded, he gave her a look that warned her not to do it again.
    “Jackie, it’s not what you think,” he lied. His natural, winsome smile appeared and he batted those heavily-lidded eyes. “She’s just some intern or aide. Meaningless.”
    “Meaningless to you, perhaps. But if you found me tangled in the arms of another man, would that be meaningless to you, Jack Kennedy?”
Jack sidestepped that verbal trap.
    “Don’t be upset, Jackie. You should’ve telephoned and let me know you were coming.”
    “Obviously.”
Jack held his wife in his gaze. He expected his charm to put her at ease. It was one of the best weapons in his manly arsenal, and it served him well with the ladies.
    Shouldering the shame that should have been her husband’s, Jackie averted her eyes. She huffed and turned to leave.
    Jack held the door shut as she grabbed for the handle.
    “Don’t leave like this,” he said. “There’s no need for a scene. Just calm down a minute. Let me take you to lunch.”
    Jackie flashed him a look of disgust. Would she ever be able to eat again?
    He placed his hand on her arm, but Jackie swiped it away as if his palm was laced with disease. Surprised, Jack rocked back on his heels and lost his hold of the door.
    “Don’t touch me!” Jackie snapped before darting out of the room. She fought back the tears swelling in her eyes.


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About the author . . .          
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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 Reader review . . . 

For Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, marriage was no Age of Camelot.  Notorious for his womanizing, Jack Kennedy's frequent indiscretions and thoughtlessness caused Jackie great distress.  When his affair with Marilyn Monroe gets out of hand and threatens to damage his Presidency,  Jackie makes a monumental decision.

If I were to assign this novel a genre, it would have to be historical fiction/suspense.  The author has taken a "what if?"  situation, and turned out a spellbinding story filled with historical figures and factual events.  Although a fictional memoir, it is still a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a famous family.

Recommended for teenagers and up.

5 stars

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*


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2013 A-Z Reading Challenge

 


Do you love to read?  You know I do!  Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book is hosting a reading challenge for 2013.This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2013.

You can join anytime. It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book starting with every letter of the alphabet. 


So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.


A -  Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.


OR


B - Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – The Azalea Assault B- Blue Monday C – Crops and Robbers D – A Deadly Grind etc.



Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!
Ready to join?? 
Sign up at Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book and grab the button.  


Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish and enter a link below if available or sign up in the comment section. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads to help you keep track!


Need some help finding titles to match the alphabet –
Jandy’s Reading Room has a wonderful list to get you started.

Here is my list:  
A        AN ANGEL BY HER SIDE - RUTH REID - 4 stars
B       
C        CHRISTMAS WITH THE FIRST LADIES - COLLEEN CHRISTIAN BURKE
D        THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW- OLIVIA NEWPORT
E       
F        
G       
H       
I         ICONIC SPIRITS:  AN INTOXICATING HISTORY - MARK SPIVAK
J       
K        KILLER RATINGS -  LISA SEIDMAN
L        TO LOVE A WOLF - BK WALKER
M        MY NAME IS MARY SUTTER - ROBIN OLIVEIRA
N        NEVER LET YOU GO - ERIN HEALY
O        O!  JACKIE - MERCEDES KING
P        PERIL:  FROM JACKBOOTS TO JACK BENNY - PEARL GOODMAN - 4 STARS
Q        QUEEN OF THE AIR:  A TRUE STORY OF LOVE AND TRAGEDY AT THE CIRCUS - DEAN JENSEN
R        RAISING CUBBY-JOHN ELDER ROBISON
S        SECRETLY SMITTEN - COLLEEN COBLE, DENISE HUNTER, KRISTEN BILLERBECK, & DIANN HUNT
T        THE POSTMISTRESS-SARAH BLAKE
U        UNCONQUERED:  THE SAGA OF COUSINS JERRY LEE LEWIS, JIMMY SWAGGART, AND MICKY GILLEY - J.D. DAVIS
V        VANISHED-IRENE HANNON - 5 STARS
W       
X       
Y       
Z       

I will be updating my list and will keep it posted on here.  Check back to see what I've read, and comment and let me know when you join the challenge.  Here's to a year of good reading!
  
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To err is human; To purr, feline. ~ Robert Byrne, American author and billiard player

4 comments:

Mercedes King said...

Thanks for letting me stop by and share O! Jackie. I appreciate your review and hope others enjoy it too. Thanks so much!

THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK said...

Thank you! I enjoyed reading and reviewing your novel and look forward to your future work.

Teddy Rose said...

I cannot get enough of the Kennedys! This book sound so good!

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan said...

Very nice review...and the book looks interesting, I have always been fascinated by the Kennedy's so this will be a great choice for me:)

Thanks for sharing!

Michelle

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