February 25, 2020
Genre/Categories: Biographical Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
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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.
Glamorous and Beautiful: Like many Grace Kelly fans, I had a romanticized, idealized image of the glamorous Grace Kelly. This story dispells those perceptions and I was left with feelings of sadness. It seems that Grace Kelly struggled with finding her voice, feeling self-confident, realizing her career goals, and establishing a loving, mutually respectful relationship. She lived during a time when the silent, subservient girlfriend/wife custom was valued, and most likely, her insecurities contributed to her decisions. I cheered for the times she asserted herself.
Along with her glamor and beauty, Grace Kelly was also driven to perform, loved Broadway, and dreamed of having a family.
Highly Imagined: From the author’s comments, it seems that some events in the story are rearranged and consolidated to create a tighter timeline. Also, Maher highly imagines a great many of Kelly’s relationships and interactions due to a lack of personal journals and letters. It’s important to recognize the limited amount of source material available while reading The Girl in White Gloves so that you can enjoy the story as presented.
Related: You might also appreciate this engaging and romantic historical fiction story that is set on Monaco during the time of the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier: Meet Me in Monaco by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor.
My Rating: 3 Stars
Meet the Author, Kerri Maher
Kerri Maher is also the author of *This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World* under the name Kerri Majors. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. For many years a professor of writing, she now writes full time and lives with her daughter in Massachusetts where apple picking and long walks in the woods are especially fine. She is a budding Instagrammer at @kerrimaherwriter, and you can also find her on Facebook at @kerrimaherwriter and on her website, http://www.kerrimaher.com
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