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Jackie and Maria: A Novel of Jackie Kennedy & Maria Callas

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,140 ratings  ·  427 reviews
From the internationally bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a tale of love, sacrifice and betrayal, available for pre-order now.

When her first marriage ends in tragedy, Jackie Kennedy fears she’ll never love again. But all that changes when she encounters…

Successful and charming, Ari Onassis is a man who promises her the world. Yet soon after they marry,
Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 22nd 2020 by William Morrow
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Katie B
4.5 stars

This historical fiction book is a good representation of why I love the genre so much. While I had some prior knowledge of Aristotle Onassis and of course Jackie Kennedy, I was not familiar with opera singer Maria Callas. This book gave me the opportunity to learn a little about her and has motivated me to seek out some nonfiction reads about her life. I love it when historical fiction sparks an interest in something.

The story alternates between Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas starting
Nov 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I know this is fiction, BUT shouldn’t there be some limits when writing about real people???

The few facts presented can be found in newspapers and magazines. Otherwise it’s gossip and innuendo and figments of the author’s imagination.

I find it loathsome when made-up dialogue is attributed to a real person.

Every single person mentioned in this book is characterized as callous, unsympathetic, and unpleasant with not even one redeeming characteristic.

Winston Churchill is portrayed as a doddering ol
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Two women- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and Maria Callas. One man, Aristotle Onassis. In Gill Paul's latest novel,  The Second Marriage or Jackie and Maria, we are presented with the parallel lives of two extraordinary women through the 1950s-1970s and the man that desired them both. Admittedly, it's very " soapy" and maybe a little melodramatic. But I fell for all of it hook, line, and sinker and I would love
Karren  Sandercock
Thanks to NetGalley, Edelweiss and Gill Paul for my copy of: The Second Marriage/Jackie and Maria.

On the 12th of September in 1953, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier married John F. Kennedy, she was beautiful, poised and a perfect choice to be a politician’s wife and eventually became the first lady of America’s 35th president. Being married to Jack wasn’t easy, Jackie had to at the start married life living with her in laws, she lost two babies, put up with his infidelity and Jack was a very busy man. On
Glenn Sumi
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Sometimes historical figures are so compelling they rise above a workmanlike story and hackneyed prose.

That's the case with Jackie And Maria, Gill Paul's fictionalized take on Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas, whose glamorous lives intertwined with that of billionaire shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

Most people will know more about Jackie's relationships – to her U.S. president husband, Jack, obviously, and brother-in-law Bobby, and possibly her competitive sister, Lee. But the more intriguing
Martie Nees Record
May 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Genre: Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction
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
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Gill Paul is the best selling author of ‘The Secret Wife’ and her latest publication “The Second Marriage” featuring love, passion and tragedy, based on Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas, is for me a superb example of women’s historical fiction at it’s best.
Going into the story, I wasn’t fully aware of all the details regarding the love triangle between Jackie Kennedy, Maria Callas and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. So for me, the details in the story were new, as I didn’t have anything
Jackie and Maria is the story of a love triangle between Jackie Kennedy, Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis. Gill Paul always does a fabulous job seamlessly blending fact with fiction. I loved reading from both Jackie AND Maria's viewpoints. I am a huge Kennedy fan and loved reading about Jackie(flaws and all) and learning more about Maria and Ari. Gill Paul is an auto buy author for me. I highly recommend this book! ...more
❀ Sarah ❀
The Second Marriage is an eloquent, moving novel about two famous women navigating their way through life’s hardships.
“It was the saddest thing in the world to hold the hand of the person you loved and not feel any response at all, not even the tiniest flicker of a muscle. There was only one person she wanted to tell about this, and he had gone forever. She was alone.”

The Second Marriage is creatively based on the lives of Jackie Kennedy, wife of JFK and Maria Callas, a world-renowned opera sing
Louise Wilson
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jackie Kennedy is devastated from her husband, John F. Kennedy's murder. She takes comfort from one of the world's most wealthiest men in the world, Aristotle Onassis. Maria Callas was a famous opera singer, she had Been Ari Onassis lover for years. Little by little, Jackie and Maria's lives begin to tangle a dangerous web of secrets, scandal and lies.

The story is told alternately by Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. Historical events were only ment
Rachel Hall
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Second Marriage is Gill Paul’s epic historical fiction account of two of most iconic women of the 1950s and 60s and their lives, loves and tribulations along with the one man who connected them both: wealthy Greek shipping magnate Aristotle “Ari” Onassis. Alternating chapters between Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas, spanning two decades and chronicling the major events in the love triangle along with drilling down into their supposedly infamous rivalry, it should be remembered that this is h ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating story about a period of modern American history that I knew very little about. Subsequent to reading, I was frequently searching the internet to find out more about Jackie, Maria and Ari.

This is a perfect example of a historical novel as Paul tells the story of the love between Maria Callas, Jackie Kennedy and Ari Onassis. I knew next to nothing about the love triangle, apart from the obvious JFK connections that I had heard about from my parents. Therefore, whilst this pe
Gossip column extended!

If you grew up at the time of the Kennedy's reign you know they exuded a fascination we all wanted to be part of. Well my friends and I in our teenage years did. We were were fixated with them. Jackie just seemed so glamorous, an American princess. I won't ever forget where I was when we heard about the assassination of John Kennedy and the tragedy that unfolded before our eyes. I attended an all girls high school and I don't think there was a dry eye in the place that day
Heather Webb
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gill Paul weaves together the lives of two fascinating and flawed icons with her characteristic panache and impeccable research. A dishy and delectable novel, JACKIE AND MARIA, is sure to please readers with its famous cast of characters from John F. Kennedy to Aristotle Onassis, its taut pacing, and a truly absorbing story.
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Venice, 1957. Maria Callas meets Aristotle and Tina Onassis. Maria is a famous soprano, but the road to success wasn’t easy. Her husband is the one who promoted her, but it’s her regime of training her voice and perseverance that made her the success. She loves her husband, but when Maria meets Ari she is enchanted by his fun personality. It’s not all money talk as she imagined. Despite her and him being married, he pursues her, but at the end marries Jackie.

Newport, Rhode Island, 1956. Jackie K
Vanessa Menezes
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was an interesting historical women's fiction based on the lives of Jackie Kennedy and the world-famous opera singer, Maria Callas. Two very different personalities but both share an affair with Aristotle Onassis.

I was hooked on right from the start and wanted to learn more about these two women. It covers their glamorous lives, tragedies, lack of privacy and relationship with the paparazzi.

The amount of research that the author has done for this book is commendable. I’ve never read a hist
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well written, charming novel of historical fiction. Interesting insights and interviews included in the afterword.
Michelle "Champ"
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I was invested to find out how these two ladies existences intertwined because while I knew about Jackie, I had just briefly heard of Maria Callas.

This book features intimate scenes between the two couples, scenes where you could just imagine that these conversations really took place. While reading the chapters, there were times when I hated Jack Kennedy for his treatment of Jackie and Ari for his lack of loyalty to Maria, then I had moments where I
An intriguing historical fiction about Jackie Kennedy (after the devastating murder of her husband John F. Kennedy) and Maria callas (a famous opera singer) The 2 woman are in a love triangle with one of the worlds most wealthiest men, Ari Onassis. Taking place from the 50s to the 70s. This story alternates chapters between Jackie and Maria. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the story though both women's eyes. I felt pulled into this book right from start, and thought it was very well written. I love ...more
Louise Wilson
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jackie Kennedy is devastated from her husband, John F. Kennedy's murder. She takes comfort from one of the world's wealthiest men, Aristotle Onassisl. Maria Callas was a famous opera singer, she had been Ari Onassis lover for years. Little by little, Jackie and Maria's lives begin to tangle a dangerous web of secrets, scandal and lies.

The story is told alternately by Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas. I was drawn into the story from the beginning. Historical events were only mentioned if they onl
Jennifer Lafferty
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this fictionalized story about the Jackie Kennedy, Ari Onassis, Maria Callas love triangle to be very entertaining. The author was also effective in fleshing out each of these iconic figures who are often viewed as one dimensional. Maria Callas, who usually gets a bad rap in the media is portrayed in a much more sympathetic and realistic light, while Jackie Kennedy Onassis is taken off her pedestal and made more relatable. Ari Onassis was presented as a villain you love to hate. He struc ...more
Louisa Treger
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t familiar with Gill Paul’s writing and what a treat it was to discover her! In Jackie and Maria, she brings to vivid life two iconic women of the twentieth century and their intertwined destinies. Ms Paul has done her research impeccably, but she wears it with the lightest of touches. It’s a gripping and sumptuous story with much gorgeous writing, strong characters, and a great sense of place. I will definitely be going through Ms Paul’s backlist to read more books by her! Highly recomme ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I knew hardly anything about the people going into the novel, just had a craving for reading a political novel with a female lead. This was very well written and well worded. It's showed both the good side och People and the negative without being to harsh. It was both an interesting read yet infuriating, because the man they both loved toyed with them and only thought of himself and what he wanted. It's a look into unhealthy relationship and being used and letting other people do as they please ...more
Alayne Emmett
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I have always been interested in the Kennedy’s as I remember when President Kennedy was murdered even though I was very young. The reaction of my parents to this horrific news has stayed with me . I love Gill Paul’s books but this one is the best so far. If it’s based on truth then she has got it just right. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
Jules Buono
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Today, I am hosting a book tour of the 5 star historical fiction book Jackie and Maria : A Novel of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas. Thank you to @TLCbooktours, author @gill.paul1 and @WilliamMorrow for a copy of this book.

This was a story BEGGING to be told, and I only cannot believe it was not told sooner. So much about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' life focuses on her marriage to President Kennedy and, while this book does touch on that, it's more about leading up to and covering her marriage t
From the book’s UK title and blurb, readers could be forgiven for thinking the main focus of the novel is the relationship that develops between the widowed Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis. In fact, that part of the story takes up only the final section of the book. Instead, Gill Paul commences the story much earlier, giving the reader an insight into the events that shaped the lives of Jackie and Maria. Some of these events, especially those played out in the public eye, may be familiar to ...more
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High points to Gill Paul for storytelling! This is my first title by her. Her new book juxtaposes the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis alongside that of Mari Callas. Both women were world famous and their stories intersect most famously via Aristotle Onassis. What I find most fascinating is the charisma that Ari clearly possessed. When both Jackie and Maria were at the top of their respective arcs, he set his sights on them and was successful in becoming a significant part of their stories. I real ...more
Louise Beech
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gill Paul is a always meticulous in her historical research for novels, and always brings the characters so vividly to life. And this book is no exception. It's an era I LOVE - the 1950s and 1960s, much of it in the US, and my heroine Marilyn gets a little walk on part too. And this is about two HUGE stars of that era, two women I knew little about until now, Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas. This novel is simply stunning. I lived and breathed it for days, looking forward to being transported to ...more
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a piece of historical fiction I found this quite unputdownable, it follows the story of three of recent history’s most well known characters. Maria Callas the famous soprano opera singer, Jackie Kennedy the former First Lady and Aristotle Onassis shipping magnate.

Maria Callas was Onassis’s lover for many years and was the reason his first wife divorced him. Jackie Kennedy was the wife of JFK he came to a very tragic end and it was after that she married Onassis and became known as Jackie O.
Jamele (BookswithJams)
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, audiobooks, partner
Books like these are why I love historical fiction so much. The Kennedys are such a fascinating family, and unfortunately I do not know as much about Jackie as I should, especially the time period after President Kennedy was assassinated. The focus of this book was on Jackie and her relationship with Aristotle Onassis, as well as his relationship with opera singer Maria Callas and how the three of them all crossed paths. There was a buildup that began with Jackie meeting and marrying Jack, which ...more
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