From the internationally bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a tale of love, sacrifice and betrayal, available now.
Published in the US as Jackie and Maria.
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, Jackie learns that his heart also belongs to another…
A beautiful, famed singer, Maria Callas is in love with Jackie’s new husband – and she isn’t going to give up.
Little by little, Jackie and Maria’s lives begin to tangle in a dangerous web of secrets, scandal and lies. But with both women determined to make Ari theirs alone, the stakes are high. How far will they go for true love?
The Second Marriage is available in ebook and hardback now. The ebook is currently only 99p. You can purchase your copy using the link below.
I’m a huge fan of this author’s books as I absolutely love the way she writes absorbing historical fiction. This story was no exception and I soon found myself drawn into the story and into the glamorous lives of the characters. The author’s vivid descriptions meant I was able to perfectly imagine the scenes and I often felt like I was actually there watching everything unfold.
The characters are real life historical characters who I loved following throughout the book. I knew a little about Jackie but Maria was a completely new character to me so I found it very interesting to find out more about her. I had expected to like one of them over the other, but I didn’t find that to be the case. Instead I felt like a neutral bystander as I thought both woman deserved happiness. It was quite shocking at times how both of them were used so I also felt a lot of sympathy for them. I really did not like Onassis however as he came across as quite an unfeeling, calculating man which I kept hoping the two woman would realise.
Overall I thought this was a very intriguing book which was the perfect blend of fact and fiction. The author lets the reader get to know her characters on quite a personal level so I felt very involved in the story and therefore more concerned about how it was all going to end. My only small gripe is that I wish the American title of the book, Jackie and Maria was also used over here as I feel it fits the book slightly better.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Avon for my copy of this book via Netgalley. If you’re a fan of well written, absorbing historical fiction then you need to read this book, and then go back and read the author’s back catalogue as it’s all amazing!
About The Author:
Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in the twentieth century and often writing about the lives of real women. Her novels have topped bestseller lists in the US and Canada as well as the UK and have been translated into twenty languages. The Secret Wife has sold over half a million copies and is a book-club favourite worldwide.
She is also the author of several non-fiction books on historical subjects. She lives in London and swims year-round in a wild pond. The Second Marriage is her ninth novel.