Jack's Widow by Eve Pollard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It's not really what I was expecting. It read more like a brief biography of her life after Jack's death with some story elements thrown in, instead of a story with some reality in the mix.
The story starts off with Jackie's life right after Jack's death and her quick transition from First Lady to widowed mother of two. This is interspersed with reflections on their trip to the White House and the connections Jackie made that would later set up the life she will end up living.
The middle of the book lost my interest. I felt that the way it was written was backwards. There was a lot of political discussion and talk between minor characters and Jackie was just a passing mention. Yes this is also a lot of set up, but it got to the point where I had to force myself to pick the book back up. I would have liked a few scenes of these dinner parties she threw at her NYC apartment instead of just a mention that she threw them.
From the start of her relationship with Ari to the end, I was hooked again. There was no forcing myself to read, I wanted to know what happened and how it all worked out. Here were the description of events that I had wanted in the middle section of the book. Things Jackie did and thought weren't brushed over in between descriptions of what other characters were doing, she was the focus again.
This book is the kind of 'what-if' history books I like, there is enough fact to make it believable and enough fiction to enjoy the story.
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