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The Girl in White Gloves

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,208 ratings  ·  304 reviews
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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Berkley
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Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher is a 2020 Berkley publication

A must read for fans of the incomparable Grace Kelly!

In my mind, Grace Kelly has always been an actress first, a princess second. I have had to remind myself that she married the Prince of Monaco, giving her the official title of ‘Princess Grace’ but, effectively ending her promising career. I’m probably in the minority on that. While I do have a small interest in royal watching- it’s not the glamour so much as it is the histo
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I am a fangirl of royalty and have always admired Princess Grace of Monaco. She was the epitome of class and grace (no pun intended) and I knew full well she gave up a lot sacrificing her burgeoning film career. I've only read one biography of Princess Grace, but it just covered her life post marriage to Prince Rainier. I knew next to nothing about her early life prior to becoming a royal. However, this is historical fiction. Although very well researched, the author admittedly took som
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audio. So wonderfully written and narrated. I have been a follower of Royalty since I was a little girl. Unfortunately, I did not discover Princess Grace until after her death (1982.) I began to read many books about her and followed the lives of her beautiful daughters. I was fascinated to learn so much about her after finding out she was a Hollywood movie star who married a real-life Prince and became a Princess. Now this is the stuff of fairy tales especially for a young gi ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would you rather... be a princess or a movie star?

This is a fictionalized biography of Grace Kelly. A girl from Philadelphia who lived her very own fairytale and became a real live princess. But there was so much more to Grace than the glitz, the glamour, and the crown. I really knew very little going into this book about Grace Kelly other than she was once a movie star who married a prints and then was a princess who died in a tragic car accident. Kerri Maher’s vivid storytelling really broug
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace Kelly. The story fairy tales are made of right? She’s the Cinderella of my mom’s generation.

Underneath, though, Grace’s life was not perfect. To transform from an actress raised in Philadelphia to a princess was not a seamless transition. Hollywood had been her dream, and she gave it all up for love. She was lonely, confused, and not always happy, though she had to appear to be.

I have read a couple other books featuring Grace Kelly, but not one that went deep inside her possible thoughts a
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.75 surprising stars

I thought I knew the story of Grace Kelly, but according to this fictionalized tale of her life, I didn’t really know much about her. For example, she really needed to wear glasses full-time, but for appearance sake, she often went without on stage, etc. leaving the crowd a big blur. I also didn’t realize that she was from a wealthy family herself. She also wore gloves much of the time, hence the title of the book.

There were so many famous people that were part of her life,
Mar 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF – By page 90 I couldn’t stand it anymore.
Some well-known facts are turned into a fallacious exploitation of Grace Kelly.
This is not what I consider ‘historical fiction’.
It is an outrageous maneuver for personal gain at the expense of a now deceased famous person.
Renee Rosen
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From Broadway to Hollywood and onto Monaco, Kerri Maher takes us on the journey of Grace Kelly’s glamorous but all-too short life, filled with love affairs, fame, sacrifices and heartaches. Maher’s lush language effortlessly carries readers along, introducing them to such luminaries as Hitchcock, Oleg Cassini, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Princess Diana while painting the picture of an unforgettable woman. Book clubs will devour this novel. Highly, highly recommended!!!
I enjoyed reading THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES. Although the author took some liberties with the story, the book feels right. To trade Hollywood for a crown is something hard to realize for an average person. I believe this book helped me understand her life a little more. It is quite amazing to think of all of the famous individuals she knew. I believe most people will enjoy the book as much as I did!
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am definitely one of those girls who was guilty of growing up absolutely adoring Grace Kelly. Not that she didn’t deserve that adoration, but I feel guilty that I only based that off of the part I could see—her beauty, her composure, her talent, her glamorous life. As we get older, it can be hard to learn about the sad parts that we didn’t see in so many of these people. Judy Garland is another woman who I grew to truly understand only later, after learning about her life.

Weaving back and fort
Joan Happel
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace Kelly was the epitome of style and class, but in this historical fiction account of her life we see the true story behind the fairy tale life she seemed to lead. Born into a wealthy family, Grace was encouraged to achieve success in the things that mattered to her parents, athletics and social status. Finding that her aptitude lay elsewhere, Grace struck out on her own, moving to New York to try and have a career on stage. Eventually, she followed the call to Hollywood and just as her star ...more
Grace Kelly’s life always seemed like a fairy tale to me. A beautiful young woman meets and marries a handsome prince and they live happily ever after...

The Girl in White Gloves is an intimate fictionalization of Grace Kelly’s life before and after her fairytale wedding to Prince Rainier. The story details Grace’s struggle to become a serious actress in a time when women were expected to marry well. Once she marries Rainier, the couple faces some challenges. As a fan of all things royal, I thoro
Heather Webb
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With a deft hand, Maher draws the reader inside the remarkable—yet often lonely—world of one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, Grace Kelly. Told with great empathy for the woman who made history not only as a gifted actress but as an American princess, THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES is a captivating novel of love, family, and the cost of regret. I devoured it one sitting
Carol (Reading Ladies)
Thanks #netgalley #berkleypub for a free e ARC of #thegirlinwhitegloves by Kerri Maher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

(This review was first published on my blog)
In this highly fictionalized biographical historical fiction of the life of an American actress turned princess, we get a glimpse into Grace Kelly‘s childhood dreams, her rise to fame, and her eventual royal life as Princess of Monaco.

Like many Grace Kelly fans, I had a romanticized, idealized image of the gl
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Even after all these years have passed, Grace Kelly’s life still remains a source of interest, curiosity, and speculation among readers.

Kerri Maher’s novel is interesting and enjoyable. It’s admirable that she acknowledges that she has speculated about many aspects of Grace’s life, has also adjusted the timelines in certain cases, and advises readers to keep in mind that her account is a novel, with some fictionalized characters and thoughts, and that it is not a biography.

As a novel, this book
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Long before Meghan Markle, Grace Kelly was America's Princess...

Style, class, panache, radiance…these are just a few words to describe Grace Kelly, who was so aptly named. Kerri Maher takes us on a fictionalized account of Kelly’s life, though she is so thorough, so well-researched, that is difficult at times to remember that this was not an elegant work of non-fiction. From her days as a Hollywood starlet on the brink of cinematic glory, to her illustrious life of service as the Princess of Mon
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is it weird to say this story was both sensational and sad?

Who doesn't want to be a princess, swept up by her prince charming? But at what cost does being a princess come when you are already famous, a Hollywood sweetheart, who is independent and strong and does what she wants and suddenly are expected to be meek and subservient?

Even though I knew most of this story, and yes, a lot of it is fictionalized, this was still so interesting and so fascinating and yes, so sad.

Truly a great novel tha
Elise Hooper
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell headlong into this intimate story of iconic Grace Kelly, a complex woman who was so much more than simply a beautiful face. Elegant and romantic, THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES depicts an engrossing journey of transformation, complete with familial tension, betrayal, and redemption.
Jillian Doherty
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The available pages offered were entirely too short; with illustrative quality and immersive writing, the story allowed you to see into Grace Kelly’s life.
It was just enough to leave you wanting more, to find out how she becomes her iconic self, later in life.

Her story is told by intermixing time periods of her life, casting a wide look at her experiences and interactions- this will no doubt be an idea read for fans of The Kennedy Debutante, and those who adore rich historical fiction!

Christina Boodhan Juras
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fictionalized account of the life of Grace Kelly, actress and later, Princess of Monaco. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Grace's acting career and her meeting and courtship with Prince Rainier of Monaco. There was some fast-forwarding to the time when they had two young children, and then another flash-forward to well after she had her third child. She had some regret about her decision to leave her acting career behind at the start of her marriage but later had an opportunity to re ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The Girl in the White Gloves" is a historical fiction look at Grace Kelly's life. Girl from Philadelphia, golden goddess of the silver screen, and princess - she was all three of these things and so much more. The epitome of charm and grace (could she have been named any more perfectly???), she turned heads no matter where she went. This book goes behind the taglines to show us a woman trying to figure out who she wants to be. This book shows that even fairy tales can have some very dark corner ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I appreciate receiving an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

So, I'll be honest - I got about 90 pages in before giving up. The writing is wooden and dull. Since she had very little in the way of documents or letters to use as the basis of the story, the author just let her imagination run wild with innuendo and supposition. I couldn't take it any more.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mother, wife, princess...they were all roles, even if she hadn't fully digested the script when she accepted the part."

This fictionalized account of Grace Kelly, Hollywood icon and Monaco's Princess, is entertaining and informative while also acknowledging the liberties the author admits taking with Grace's life and times. Since we all live two-faced lives -- the one inside and the one the world sees -- it's always hard to know exactly what someone was thinking and feeling at a particular time.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 15%

This book is moving way too slow for me and because of that I am having to put this one aside.

Thank you to Penguin Publishing for my ARC via Edelweiss
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Grace Kelly comes for an affluent family in Philadelphia, but unlike some of her Main Line counterparts, her father's family comes from Irish immigrants and Jack Kelly has made a name for himself in bricklaying and construction; in fact, he's a millionaire Even though some high society circles don't fully accept the Kellys, they are still an incredible family destined for greatness if Grace's father, a former Olympian, has anything to say about it. As Grace gets older, she leaves behind her fami ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I am familiar with the work of Grace Kelly but of how well The Girl in White Gloves was written knowing how difficult her life was because on the big screen she made it seem that her life was glamorous and perfect all throughout her entire career. Growing up in a rich neighborhood, Grace had a lot of expectations from her family thr
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kerri Maher brings another iconic woman to life in this superb work of historical fiction about the life of Grace Kelly. I was thrilled to receive an ARC and learned so much about Grace’s life I did not know. The Hollywood years were fascinating. I especially loved reading Kerri’s descriptions of Grace’s life in Monaco knowing she was forming descriptions from her visit there. We romanticize those who marry into royalty, but, in fact, the constraints and expectations can be quite a roadblock to ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I am a life-long lover of classic films.

It started when I was a girl watching old movies on our black and white television. In those days, I preferred Gene Autry, Andy Hardy, and Ma and Pa Kettle. When we moved to Detroit I discovered Bill Kennedy's Showtime. I was hooked all summer long. Jimmy Stewart became my favorite actor, but I watched swashbucklers, too.

My folks didn't have money to take us to movie theaters but we did go to the drive-in theater. When the sun went down, I was suppose
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

3.5 stars, rounded. Not knowing terribly much about Grace Kelly going into this, I was very intrigued by the author's perception of her life and relationships. Grace Kelly led a life that often seems like a fairy tale or movie plot- talented, award winning actress ends up a princess- but Maher was able to capture the difficult relationships and sadness in her life as well. Maher tells the story by alternating betwe
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Last summer, I read a cute book "Meet Me in Monaco" that was set at the time of Grace Kelly's wedding. When this one crossed my path, I was definitely interested in picking it up. It was sweet and well told.
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