“Jackie and Maria” by Gill Paul

Genre: Historical Fiction/Women’s FictionJackie & Maria
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Pub. Date: August 18, 2020


In this historical/women’s fiction, the emphasis is on women’s fiction. The story revolves around Jackie Kennedy and the world-famous opera singer, Maria Callas, with whom Jackie vies for the affection of Ari Onassis. By the third chapter, I went to check the endnotes. I was not surprised to see that there weren’t any.

What you get is a lot of already known gossip about Jackie and Jack Kennedy’s marriage, how heavily she leaned on Bobby Kennedy after Jack’s assisination, all the rumors swirling around the Kennedy boys and Marilyn Monroe, Jackie’s transformation into Jackie O, and of course, the love triangle between Jackie, Ari, and Ari’s longtime lover, Maria.

At one point, the novel’s lines come straight out of the 1978 film, “The Greek Tycoon,” based on Maria, Jackie, and Ari.  I remember this clearly because of the harsh words Ari used in bed with Maria when describing his wife’s skinny American thighs. He was all class. In addition, many would say Maria was a fool for staying with him after he married Jackie.  

It has been suggested that this book was meticulously researched—hard to imagine, at least with the version I read on Kindle. If you are in the mood to read about famous women and their trouble with love then this is for you.  If you wish for some well documented history, I’d skip this one.

I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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5 thoughts on ““Jackie and Maria” by Gill Paul

    1. Histocial fiction is my favorite genre so I was very disappointed in this book. But, if you don’t know all the gossip, I didn’t give it all away, you might like it. Let me know if you read it and what you thought.

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      1. I’ll probably still read it. I read “The Lost Diary of M” which was supposed to be a fictional diary by a woman who was JFK’s mistress/lover. Didn’t care too much for it, to be honest.

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