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And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  41 reviews
An intimate portrait of the life of Jackie O…

Few of us can claim to be the authors of our fate. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy knows no other choice. With the eyes of the world watching, Jackie uses her effortless charm and keen intelligence to carve a place for herself among the men of history and weave a fairy tale for the American people, embodying a senator’s wife, a
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Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Berkley
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Kate Quinn
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read for a cover quote, and will definitely be giving one! This is the book club pick of the year. Thornton brings an American icon to life: Jackie the debutante, the First Lady, the survivor who at last becomes the heroine of her own story.
Renee Rosen
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Even if you think you know the story of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, you’re in for rare behind-the-scenes look at the former First Lady’s life. Stephanie Thornton has channeled this iconic woman and delivers such an intimate portrait, at times I had to remind myself that this is a novel and not Kennedy’s own memoir. Such an ambitious undertaking and Thornton not only pulls it off, she hits it out of the park. This book is nothing short of magical.
Chanel Cleeton
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary profile of the courage and grace of the indomitable Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, And They Called it Camelot is impeccably researched and richly drawn. Thornton celebrates the former First Lady’s life in a sweeping account filled with poignant intimacy. Readers are instantly transported to Jackie’s version of Camelot as they immerse themselves in the fascinating and tumultuous history of the times. An unputdownable, unforgettable read.
Tammy
I have always been fascinated by all things Kennedy and knew that I had to read And They Called It Camelot. Although this book is fact based fiction, it reads like an intimate memoir. I found myself reading only a bit at a time to savor the story and also because I dreaded the chapter on Dallas. I knew how that chapter ended, we all do. But I found myself in tears reading it from Jackie's perspective. Stephanie Marie Thornton has written a mesmerizing book about one of our nation's most iconic ...more
Dianne
The Kennedy family has always held a degree of mystique and grandeur to the world. As First Lady, Jacqueline seemed to hold the world at bay, almost hiding behind a magical veil that held her separate from outsiders. And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Stephanie Marie Thornton gives readers a fictional view of Jackie O’s life, from her thoughts meeting JFK, to the tense air that flowed between her and most of the Kennedy clan.

A strong piece of work,
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Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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If I could go back in time and pick an era to be alive for, it would definitely be the Kennedy era - but since time travel isn't in the cards, I'll just continue reading all the books I can instead. Having previously read My Summer with Jack by Michelle Gable & The Editor by Stephen Rowley, I've definitely found myself fond of historical fiction surrounding these recognizable political players, but I will say, with And They Called It Camelot, I've certainly found my new favorite.

Jackie is
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Sue
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On her author page, Stephanie Thornton says that she "retells the stories of history's forgotten women". Jacqueline Kennedy is not exactly a forgotten woman in American history but what Americans remember about her was often very different than the real person that she was. In this well-researched book, we are able to learn about the REAL Jackie - the one often hidden from the public, the person full of doubts and fears and full of love for her family.

For many younger readers, this book will be
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Annette
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Before reading this book I didn’t know a lot about Jackie other than the obvious. I thought this book was well researched and very well written. I felt Jackie’s joy of being the First Lady and also her sadness at loosing two children and then her husband. I learned many things I did not know about her. I’m most impressed at her dignity and her composure in many difficult times. Definitely recommend! I enjoyed it immensely! Thanks to Berkley for the early copy
Libby Davies
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher for the free advance ebook which I just finished. I was attracted to the subject of the marvelous Jackie O even though I do not usually read historical fiction, but now I have been reminded of my longstanding difficulty with the genre. It is difficult enough in these times to differentiate fact from fantasy, truth from imagination, reality from wishing. I found it especially confusing to hear Jackie’s voice and thoughts which aren’t actually hers at all.

The author’s
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Linda Zagon
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "And They Called it Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis" by Stephanie Marie Thornton, Berkley Publishing, March 10, 2020

Stephanie Marie Thornton, Author of "And They Called it Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis" has written a poignant, memorable, intriguing, intense, and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction. I love the author's style of writing and her way of vividly describing the
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Barbara
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Myth or legend, the idea of Camelot was proposed by Jackie Kennedy in interviews with Theodore White shortly after JFK’s death. Jackie was adept and convincing at creating a positive image from her lamentable life and marriage. Told from Jackie’s point of view, Stephanie Marie Thornton does an excellent job of contradicting their perceived fairytale lifestyle in her historical novel.
Betty
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over the years, I have read a lot of books on Jackie Kennedy, this being my first historical fiction offering. But I am a fan of Stephanie Marie Thornton’s books so was eager to read it. I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. The story is told as Jackie might have told it and covers the time of her meeting Jack to the dedication of Jack’s presidential library. While most books I have read previously focused only on her relationship with the men in her life – her father and her husbands ...more
Michelle (Champ)
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will start this by saying that I received this book as an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review, but I promise you that I was going to read this anyway because I read every book that Ms. Thornton writes. Stephanie Marie knows how to take events and people from the past and give them a fresh spin and she can tell a story in a way that sucks you in and won't let go until you finish.

We all kind of know of the story of Jackie and Jack, but this book will take you behind the
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Dana
I've never been a huge fan of Jackie Kennedy. Intelligent, stylish, and charming though she was, there's something about her that strikes me as distinctly snobbish and remote. However, after reading Thornton's American Princess and loving every word of it, I couldn't wait to read And They Called It Camelot. I'm admittedly still not the biggest fan of Jackie, but Thornton has a magical ability to transport her readers back in time and to make them feel as though they are truly witnessing history ...more
Connie
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have read a lot of non-fiction and historical fiction involving the Kennedys, and this one is a solid standout. It is told through Jackie's perspective, which the author captured very well, based on other historical accounts I've read about her life. It felt true to the history I've read, and I also appreciated the extensive author's note stating which facets she took liberty with.

As much as I have read about the Kennedys, I continue to be astounded at their larger-than-life personalities, as
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Jaime Lee
This book touched me. I’ve always loved history and the Kennedy story has always been one of fascination for me. But what Thornton was able to achieve, through incredibly well-researched history and a raw emotional first person perspective from Jackie O’s POV, was absolutely beautiful. This book didn’t read like fiction based on history. It read as though Jackie O was a grandmother sharing her life story on a porch with her grandchildren.

Knowing the history of this era didn’t take away from any
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Meghan
Dec 17, 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 have heard so many variations of the Kennedy's livelihood but never as colorful or as intense such as this. Stephanie Marie Thornton goes in depth of the personal lives Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy lived while they were in Dallas all leading up to the infamous assassination of her husband. Her charm, her intelligence and her
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Marilyn
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Edelweiss for allowing me to read this advanced copy.

Normally I enjoy historical fiction as a way to learn more about historical people that I may not know much about other than what I learned in a history book. This work is about a person I read about and saw in the news from the time I was an impressionable pre-teen, so I did not think I would enjoy it as much as I did. The author did, naturally, rehash things I already knew. But I was surprised at the writing ability of the author
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Amy
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very fun novel. I received this novel in a Goodreads give-away, and was very pleased with it. It's just gossipy" enough, but also very respectful of the legacy of this woman. (I was inspired to add several of the items from Thornton's bibliography to my reading list, as well as her novel about Alice Roosevelt.)

I cam away from reading this surprised at the depth of feeling Jackie had for Jack, as portrayed by Thornton (as well as the LACK of depth of her feelings for Onassis). The depiction of
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Sharon
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book depicts the life of Jackie Kennedy. The story is set and told in Jackie’s own voice. She experienced many ups and downs, even as a child. Her father was a charming, alcoholic philanderer, and she married someone who was a charming philanderer. The main difference was that Jack Kennedy was fabulously wealthy and Jackie seemed to crave wealth as the gateway to a lifestyle she wanted to live. Perhaps her life would have been different had she not lost her babies. Grief counseling was not ...more
Rebecca
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

So, we all probably think we know the story of Jackie Kennedy. But when you think about it, we really only know the story as it was told by others. While this is a fictional novel, it feels like the closest thing we have to hearing her story in her own words.

The author did an excellent job of really making Jackie's voice seem authentic throughout the novel. While I was familiar with a lot
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Debbie Erickson
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And They Called it Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton is a fascinating telling of the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis from the time she meets and marries Jack Kennedy through her marriage to Aristotle Onassis. While this is a work of fiction, it is obvious the author knows her subject well, her research has provided the basis for a smoothly flowing tale of Jackie Kennedy Onassis' life. Through Ms. Thornton's voice the reader is given a glimpse into the real life of one of the most admired ...more
Karen
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from BookBrowse in exchange for my honest review.

Excellent Historical Fiction. Loved it!
I have always loved reading about JFK and about Jackie. This book is excellent for fans of either JFK or Jackie. You feel like you are living Jackie life with her through her eyes. Her experiences were thrilling and heart breaking. This book brings history to life. I loved this book. I would recommend it to book clubs including the ones I belong to. It is a longer book but I read it quickly.
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Judi
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fictionalized story of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis from the time she met JFK to the dedication of the JFL Library is a great read! Stephanie Marie Thornton has the ability to make one feel as if Jackie Kennedy has sat down on the couch with the reader, sipping coffee, and telling her story. You feel close to Jackie and empathize with her situation even as you remember she's a historical figure.

As enchanted as her life appeared to the world she faced personal challenges that would have
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Pat
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of "And They Called It Camelot" by Stephanie Marie Thornton through the
"Good Reads First Reads Giveaway."

Many readers are confused about Jackie's behavior, regarding her husband's cheating and even her marriage to an older, wealthy man, Onassis. This book answers some of these questions and is written by a talented author. How true this is we will never know.

The story is a perfect novel because the main character, a talented women, overcomes tragedy after tragedy. This
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Lynne
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I have always been fascinated with Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and this book did not disappoint. This book is a novel; therefore, the reader needs to realize that although the majority of the book is historically accurate, liberties have been taken with what Jackie was feeling or thinking at various points in time. The author does a great job in the ”Notes” section at the end of the book explaining areas where she took liberties ...more
Becky
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction and this book was one of the best .. maybe because the Kennedys have been in the limelight so often and hold a certain mystery. This was a great insight as to Jackie’s thoughts and feelings on the Kennedy men, the loss of her babies, her rocky relationship with her sister, and the reason for ending up with Aristotle Onassis ( which I could never understand ). I loved Jackie through most of the book but there were times when I didn’t like her very much.. but I feel like ...more
Kellene
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is So good and, while I couldn't wait to read more and really get every bit of the story into my head, I am really sad it is over. The details capture you and make you feel like you are Jackie's best friend living your emotional rollercoaster of a life with her. I also found it important to read the author's notes in the back where she explains some of her detail choices. Overall. GREAT book and I would HIGHLY recommend to any one! I feel it is as important a piece of our history as ...more
Debbie
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fascinated by this book depicting the life of Jackie Kennedy. This was a great accomplishment by the author for it was not an easy task. The author did a phenomenal job setting the story in Jackie’s own voice as we experience her life with all it’s many ups and downs. The strength and resilience of this First Lady is illustrated throughout this book. I was thoroughly engaged throughout the book. Well done! #AndTheyCalledItCamelot #StephanieMarieThornton #NetGalley
Wendy
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Stephanie Marie Thornton is able to look into the souls of her characters to truly convey their hearts. We all know the story of Jacqueline Kennedy but this one brings her closer to us. Her strength and grace are incomparable. It helped a country and a world to get through horrible tragedies. But in this book we witness her vulnerability and devotion to her children throughout her struggles.
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