Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Girl in White Gloves

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  A life in snapshots… 

Grace knows what people see. She’s the Cinderella story. An icon of glamor and elegance frozen in dazzling Technicolor. The picture of perfection. The girl in white gloves.

A woman in living color…
But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real. 

Hardest of all for her adoring fans and loyal subjects to comprehend, is the harsh reality that to be the most envied woman in the world does not mean she is the happiest. Starved for affection and purpose, facing a labyrinth of romantic and social expectations with more twists and turns than Monaco’s infamous winding roads, Grace must find her own way to fulfillment. But what she risks--her art, her family, her marriage—she may never get back.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: This is my second book I have read by Kerri Maher.  I really didn't know much at all about Grace Kelly.  I really like how Maher takes famous women and creates a story about them.  I realize the novel is fiction, but I love that she is able to take facts and interweave fiction without taking anything away.  

I really liked the Hollywood Grace Kelly.  I felt she became weak after marring, however, I a sure it is extremely hard being royalty and marring into royalty.  The story also reminded me a bit of what is going today with Harry and Megan. I may just have to find a movie staring her since I have never seen a Grace Kelly movie.  

While I really enjoyed learning about Grace and journey, I found the story dragged just a bit in places.  However, not enough to keep me from reading more and I did enjoy the book.  I think that Maher has an unusual talent and I can't wait to see who she writes about next.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I have read The Kennedy Debutante and loved it. I can't wait to see who Kerri Maher writes about next. I will for sure check it out!

KERRI MAHER is the author of The Kennedy Debutante, which People magazine described as "a riveting reimagining of a true tale of forbidden love," and This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World under the name Kerri Majors. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. A writing professor for many years, she now writes full time and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts.

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