Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the release of The Girl in the White Gloves by Kerri Maher! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Stay tuned for information on how to win a copy at the bottom of this post!
About the Book:
A life in snapshots…
Grace knows what people see. She’s the Cinderella story. An icon of glamor and elegance frozen in dazzling Technicolor. The picture of perfection. The girl in white gloves.
A woman in living color…
But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real.
Hardest of all for her adoring fans and loyal subjects to comprehend, is the harsh reality that to be the most envied woman in the world does not mean she is the happiest. Starved for affection and purpose, facing a labyrinth of romantic and social expectations with more twists and turns than Monaco’s infamous winding roads, Grace must find her own way to fulfillment. But what she risks–her art, her family, her marriage—she may never get back.
Grace Kelly. The story fairy tales are made of right? She’s the Cinderella of my mom’s generation.
Underneath, though, Grace’s life was not perfect. To transform from an actress raised in Philadelphia to a princess was not a seamless transition. Hollywood had been her dream, and she gave it all up for love. She was lonely, confused, and not always happy, though she had to appear to be.
I have read a couple other books featuring Grace Kelly, but not one that went deep inside her possible thoughts and feelings about her life. Grace risked everything she had to become a princess- her family, her career, her independence and freedom.
Overall, I enjoyed this insightful portrayal. I am sure Grace Kelly had multiple layers to her personality and experiences just like we all do. I felt like I got right next to Grace, behind-the-scenes with her, and I could feel her struggles, confusion, and lack of fulfillment. I’m just as enchanted as I was with her before, if not even more so now.
I received a gifted copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Hi! So great to see you on Goodreads – it’s such an amazing place for readers and authors to connect.
I live outside of Boston, MA, with my daughter and labradoodle (whose adventures I sometimes post on Instagram, along with many other writing themed posts).
I am the author of THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE and THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES, both of which you can see here. I am working on a novel called THE PARIS BOOKSELLER, about Sylvia Beach’s bookstore Shakespeare & Company, which was *the* Paris bookshop and meeting spot for the American Lost Generation. Beach was also the first to publish James Joyce’s ULYSSES, after it and been banned in New York in 1921 – it’s a great story!
I’m also the author of THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL, under the name Kerri Majors – it’s an advice-y memoir for young people who might want to be writers, or live a creative life and it’s full of commiseration and practical tips.
What seems like another lifetime ago, I was a professor of writing, and the founder of the award-winning literary journal YARN. I also have an MFA from Columbia University.
Thanks again for stopping by. I hope to see you here and on Instagram. –Kerri
For a chance to win a finished copy of The Girl in White Gloves, please visit my instagram page! Giveaway generously sponsored by the publisher.