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And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis - Stephanie Marie Thornton

In writing this review for "AND THEY CALLED IT CAMELOT", I readily confess my deep admiration and respect for President Kennedy and Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis) over the past several decades.

The novel starts shortly after Jacqueline Bouvier has broken off her engagement to stockbroker John Husted and is introduced - through a friend at a party - to a young Congressman from Massachusetts who has his sights set on running for the Senate in 1952 against a popular Republican incumbent. The name of the Congressman: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The novel -- as largely told by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis herself --- takes the reader through the subsequent 2 decades of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' life.

One of the best selling points of this novel is that the pace never slackens and is largely faithful to what is historically verifiable about Jackie Kennedy Onassis' life. But I must admit to a literary device the author used in the novel that caused me to raise my eyebrows a bit. I won't say what it is, except to say that it did not interrupt the overall flow of the novel.

Stephanie Marie Thornton has written a first-rate novel. She deserves all the praises she has earned for it.