The Girl in White Gloves
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.

The Girl in White Gloves Details

TitleThe Girl in White Gloves
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139780451492074
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult Fiction

The Girl in White Gloves Review

  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 surprising starsI thought I knew the story of Grace Kelly, but according to this fictionalized tale of her life, I didn’t really know much about her. For example, she really needed to wear glasses full-time, but for appearance sake, she often went without on stage, etc. leaving the crowd a big blur. I also didn’t realize that she was from a wealthy family herself. She also wore gloves much of the time, hence the title of the book.There were so many famous people that were part of her life, 3.75 surprising starsI thought I knew the story of Grace Kelly, but according to this fictionalized tale of her life, I didn’t really know much about her. For example, she really needed to wear glasses full-time, but for appearance sake, she often went without on stage, etc. leaving the crowd a big blur. I also didn’t realize that she was from a wealthy family herself. She also wore gloves much of the time, hence the title of the book.There were so many famous people that were part of her life, but she seemed very lonely and unfulfilled especially once she became Princess Grace. It was fascinating to read about her life on stage and early days in Hollywood. There were several times that she was a masterful negotiator with her contract and film roles. It’s interesting to think about what she would have done had she not married and moved to Monaco.The Grace Kelly that I thought I knew was a glamourous film star who became the beloved Princess, but this book does not read like that and is probably closer to the truth. I enjoyed digging deeper into her life with this book. It seemed a bit choppy in parts and a few transitions were not very smooth so that I went back to re-read a page.Thank you to Book Browse, Kerri Maher, and Berkley for an early copy of this book to read. This one is out on February 25, 2020.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES. Although the author took some liberties with the story, the book feels right. To trade Hollywood for a crown is something hard to realize for an average person. I believe this book helped me understand her life a little more. It is quite amazing to think of all of the famous individuals she knew. I believe most people will enjoy the book as much as I did!
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  • Renee Rosen
    January 1, 1970
    From Broadway to Hollywood and onto Monaco, Kerri Maher takes us on the journey of Grace Kelly’s glamorous but all-too short life, filled with love affairs, fame, sacrifices and heartaches. Maher’s lush language effortlessly carries readers along, introducing them to such luminaries as Hitchcock, Oleg Cassini, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Princess Diana while painting the picture of an unforgettable woman. Book clubs will devour this novel. Highly, highly recommended!!!
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Long before Meghan Markle, Grace Kelly was America's Princess...Style, class, panache, radiance…these are just a few words to describe Grace Kelly, who was so aptly named. Kerri Maher takes us on a fictionalized account of Kelly’s life, though she is so thorough, so well-researched, that is difficult at times to remember that this was not an elegant work of non-fiction. From her days as a Hollywood starlet on the brink of cinematic glory, to her illustrious life of service as the Princess of Long before Meghan Markle, Grace Kelly was America's Princess...Style, class, panache, radiance…these are just a few words to describe Grace Kelly, who was so aptly named. Kerri Maher takes us on a fictionalized account of Kelly’s life, though she is so thorough, so well-researched, that is difficult at times to remember that this was not an elegant work of non-fiction. From her days as a Hollywood starlet on the brink of cinematic glory, to her illustrious life of service as the Princess of Monaco and all that a life of royalty entails – the luxurious to the stifling – Maher spins a wonderful story that allows us a window into the life of America’s Princess. Any fan of American royals or the golden age of Hollywood would love this book!Four and a half shining stars and a huge thank you to Book Browse, Kerri Maher, and Berkley Publishing for supplying me with this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Even after all these years have passed, Grace Kelly’s life still remains a source of interest, curiosity, and speculation among readers. Kerri Maher’s novel is interesting and enjoyable. It’s admirable that she acknowledges that she has speculated about many aspects of Grace’s life, has also adjusted the timelines in certain cases, and advises readers to keep in mind that her account is a novel, with some fictionalized characters and thoughts, and that it is not a biography.As a novel, this book Even after all these years have passed, Grace Kelly’s life still remains a source of interest, curiosity, and speculation among readers. Kerri Maher’s novel is interesting and enjoyable. It’s admirable that she acknowledges that she has speculated about many aspects of Grace’s life, has also adjusted the timelines in certain cases, and advises readers to keep in mind that her account is a novel, with some fictionalized characters and thoughts, and that it is not a biography.As a novel, this book held my interest and I would recommend it to readers. It genuinely reflects the times in which she lived and provides a glimpse into Hollywood as it existed in the 50’s and 60’s. It also portrays the personal struggles Grace faced as both an actress and a princess.Thank you to author Kerri Maher, Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this book.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Is it weird to say this story was both sensational and sad? Who doesn't want to be a princess, swept up by her prince charming? But at what cost does being a princess come when you are already famous, a Hollywood sweetheart, who is independent and strong and does what she wants and suddenly are expected to be meek and subservient? Even though I knew most of this story, and yes, a lot of it is fictionalized, this was still so interesting and so fascinating and yes, so sad. Truly a great novel Is it weird to say this story was both sensational and sad? Who doesn't want to be a princess, swept up by her prince charming? But at what cost does being a princess come when you are already famous, a Hollywood sweetheart, who is independent and strong and does what she wants and suddenly are expected to be meek and subservient? Even though I knew most of this story, and yes, a lot of it is fictionalized, this was still so interesting and so fascinating and yes, so sad. Truly a great novel that I am glad I took a chance on and took time out to read and enjoy. It was well written and well portrayed. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Heather Webb
    January 1, 1970
    With a deft hand, Maher draws the reader inside the remarkable—yet often lonely—world of one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, Grace Kelly. Told with great empathy for the woman who made history not only as a gifted actress but as an American princess, THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES is a captivating novel of love, family, and the cost of regret. I devoured it one sitting
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  • Elise Hooper
    January 1, 1970
    I fell headlong into this intimate story of iconic Grace Kelly, a complex woman who was so much more than simply a beautiful face. Elegant and romantic, THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES depicts an engrossing journey of transformation, complete with familial tension, betrayal, and redemption.
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    The available pages offered were entirely too short; with illustrative quality and immersive writing, the story allowed you to see into Grace Kelly’s life. It was just enough to leave you wanting more, to find out how she becomes her iconic self, later in life. Her story is told by intermixing time periods of her life, casting a wide look at her experiences and interactions- this will no doubt be an idea read for fans of The Kennedy Debutante, and those who adore rich historical fiction! Galley The available pages offered were entirely too short; with illustrative quality and immersive writing, the story allowed you to see into Grace Kelly’s life. It was just enough to leave you wanting more, to find out how she becomes her iconic self, later in life. Her story is told by intermixing time periods of her life, casting a wide look at her experiences and interactions- this will no doubt be an idea read for fans of The Kennedy Debutante, and those who adore rich historical fiction! Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5I am a life-long lover of classic films. It started when I was a girl watching old movies on our black and white television. In those days, I preferred Gene Autry, Andy Hardy, and Ma and Pa Kettle. When we moved to Detroit I discovered Bill Kennedy's Showtime. I was hooked all summer long. Jimmy Stewart became my favorite actor, but I watched swashbucklers, too. My folks didn't have money to take us to movie theaters but we did go to the drive-in theater. When the sun went down, I was 3.5I am a life-long lover of classic films. It started when I was a girl watching old movies on our black and white television. In those days, I preferred Gene Autry, Andy Hardy, and Ma and Pa Kettle. When we moved to Detroit I discovered Bill Kennedy's Showtime. I was hooked all summer long. Jimmy Stewart became my favorite actor, but I watched swashbucklers, too. My folks didn't have money to take us to movie theaters but we did go to the drive-in theater. When the sun went down, I was supposed to fall asleep on the back seat. Instead, I was riveted to the movie. The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Birds, and Marnie were some of the most memorable. I became a Hitchcock fan, watching his television series, and I even had a book of scary stories with Hitch on the cover. Later in life, I watched every television broadcast of his movies. And that is how I first saw Grace Kelley--in Rear Window and To Catch a Thief.My husband's favorite movie is High Noon, starring Kelley in her first movie role. And he was a Clark Gable fan back in the day, so I saw Kelley in Mogambo.It was not until a few years ago that I saw Kelley in her Oscar-winning performance in The Country Girl. There was this beautiful, young actress made up plain and dowdy, her emotion so concentrated I could see the flames shooting from her eyes. Wowzer! This was not the elegant model offering Cary Grant a chance to handle her jewels. I knew that Kelley was from Philadelphia. We had driven on Kelley Drive. And I knew that Kelley had died in a tragic car accident of unknown origin. And that she had married a prince and had two beautiful daughters who were sometimes the news. That's it, folks. That was all I knew. And what better way to learn more than by reading Wikipedia and IMBD---kidding. What better way to learn more than by reading a historical fiction novel that imagines the hidden stories?Several times I skipped over The Girl in White Gloves (PLEASE--no more 'girl' titles, people!) by Keri Maher when I saw it on NetGalley, but each time it caught my attention. I try hard to keep my requests in line as I am committed to doing justice to every title I get. I caved--what's one more book to the pile?In the first chapter, I learned that Kelley had been offered the title role in Hitchcock's Marnie and was unable to accept! MARNIE! The movie that I watched from the back seat of the car, that disturbed me and made me return to it again and again to 'get it'. I read Winston Graham's Marnie a few years back after a chance to see the movie at a local repertoire theater when Tippi Hendron visited and told the audience about the movie. How could a princess accept a role about a troubled woman leading a double life, with a hatred of men and a penchant for theft? Who was made love to by a young Sean Connery?Okay. That was enough to keep me turning pages.In a few chapters, I learned that Kelley had played Tracy Lord in a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story! One of my very favorite movies! How did I get to be in my sixth decade without having seen High Society? Arrggh!At the end of the story, I learned that at age forty-seven, Kelley became involved with poetry festivals, reciting poems! Including Maya Angelou. I might also mention that Kelley was a knitter. Maher admits to a dearth of sources for critical times in Kelley's life, like her long correspondence with Prince Rainier after their first meeting in Monaco. She 'took many liberties' for 'dramatic compression', which translates to providing a 'good read', and she speculates on the details of her relationships with men, her family, and the cause of her death. Hey, it's fiction. Get over it. The story hits on all of the major events and films of Kelley's career. It also portrays Kelley as a woman driven to achieve excellence but conflicted by parental expectations that a woman's goal is to marry and bear children. You've had a bit of freedom, played make-believe, now it's time to grow up and become a responsible adult as a real June Cleaver, supporting your husband and bearing his children. Well, that role did not suit Kelley; Maher takes us into the marriage bed and it was positively Arctic.Well, I gave up wanting to be a princess before I was five years old. Between Kelley and Princesses Diana and Sarah, it is quite clear the downsides far outweigh the perks. I read a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am familiar with the work of Grace Kelly but of how well The Girl in White Gloves was written knowing how difficult her life was because on the big screen she made it seem that her life was glamorous and perfect all throughout her entire career. Growing up in a rich neighborhood, Grace had a lot of expectations from her family This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I am familiar with the work of Grace Kelly but of how well The Girl in White Gloves was written knowing how difficult her life was because on the big screen she made it seem that her life was glamorous and perfect all throughout her entire career. Growing up in a rich neighborhood, Grace had a lot of expectations from her family through the Hollywood screen then risking it all for royalty including leaving her family behind and risking her marriage. Just because materialistically you have it all, does not mean that you are the happiest and she later realizes that all she needs in her life are people by her side that will always be with her so she is never alone therefore she will be happier. Every page I learned something new about the Hollywood Glamorous Lifestyle and I always envied all that had everything there ever was until I learned the true meaning of life. It's not about what you have but about what you have done and who was by your side.We will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Catherine P.
    January 1, 1970
    Kerri Maher brings another iconic woman to life in this superb work of historical fiction about the life of Grace Kelly. I was thrilled to receive an ARC and learned so much about Grace’s life I did not know. The Hollywood years were fascinating. I especially loved reading Kerri’s descriptions of Grace’s life in Monaco knowing she was forming descriptions from her visit there. We romanticize those who marry into royalty, but, in fact, the constraints and expectations can be quite a roadblock to Kerri Maher brings another iconic woman to life in this superb work of historical fiction about the life of Grace Kelly. I was thrilled to receive an ARC and learned so much about Grace’s life I did not know. The Hollywood years were fascinating. I especially loved reading Kerri’s descriptions of Grace’s life in Monaco knowing she was forming descriptions from her visit there. We romanticize those who marry into royalty, but, in fact, the constraints and expectations can be quite a roadblock to a happy, fulfilled life. Kerri helps us imagine her journey, her deepest thoughts, and her efforts to find a purpose beyond her royal duties. I loved learning about her poetry readings and charitable work.I have to constantly remember that this book is a work of historical fiction, so realistic is Kerri’s telling of Grace’s story. She achieved this same outcome with her first novel, “The Kennedy Debutante.” Both are not to be missed!
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Every girl’s dream to be a princess. Grace Kelly was the epitome of a princess. She was stylish, elegant and full of grace. I thought the story was really good even with the slight liberties the author took. It was informative and I learned some things I didn’t know. Definitely recommend!Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    At first glance, it would seem that Hollywood icon Grace Kelly led a charmed life - first as an award-winning actress, and later as the Princess of Monaco - before her tragic demise in a car accident in 1982. Grace, who was not only extraordinarily beautiful, but wildly talented too, captivated audiences both on the screen and in person during the 1950s, acting alongside big-name stars such as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and James Stewart, and conducting illicit affairs At first glance, it would seem that Hollywood icon Grace Kelly led a charmed life - first as an award-winning actress, and later as the Princess of Monaco - before her tragic demise in a car accident in 1982. Grace, who was not only extraordinarily beautiful, but wildly talented too, captivated audiences both on the screen and in person during the 1950s, acting alongside big-name stars such as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and James Stewart, and conducting illicit affairs with many of them throughout her short career. However, when Grace was at the top of her acting game, she gave up a promising future in film at the young age of 26 when she accepted a proposal of marriage from Prince Rainier of Monaco, leaving behind her life in America to become a European princess. Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante, pulls back the curtain on the life of Grace Kelly in her new novel, The Girl in White Gloves. Grace, born into a life of privilege with a flawless face and figure, was often stereotyped as an icy, untouchable blonde, but this accusation couldn't be further from the truth. Maher shows the magnanimous heart of Grace Kelly, and shines light on the struggles she faced in her climb to the top of the acting world. With a family that was less than supportive, and a string of passionate, yet short-lived, relationships, Grace struggled to find her place in a world that didn't know and wouldn't accept the real Grace Kelly. Perhaps even more tragic are the sacrifices she made in marrying the Prince of Monaco, essentially giving up any hope of ever living a life true to herself outside of her husband's whim and demands. The triumph of The Girl in White Gloves is in how it vividly portrays the arc of Grace Kelly's short, yet eventful, life. Opening when Grace is a rising star, making a name for herself on the stages of Broadway, and then following her out to the Hollywood where she becomes an award-winning actress, this novel intersperses glimpses of Grace's later life as an unhappy Princess of Monaco, trapped in a life she doesn't want with a man she no longer loves. This writing tactic portends so devastatingly the future that awaits Grace - a shining star smothered and snuffed out before she had even began to fully live and enjoy her life. There's so much heart and so much sadness packed into this novel that readers can't help but walk away feeling like the world was unduly robbed of Grace Kelly's talent and beauty - first through her impulsive marriage, and later by her untimely death. Recommended for those who love novelizations of real people's lives, those who are fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood. and, of course, for anyone who has ever been intrigued by the triumphant, yet tragic life of the one and only Grace Kelly. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads and Berkley for this ARC.I've always loved the fairy tale of Grace Kelly and her romance with Hollywood stars (always married and older than her) and her marriage to Prince Rainier. This is a true love story and even though it's a historical novel, you know there is truth in it also. She really did love her husband and got used to being a Princess living in Monaco, and she got frustrated and irritated with him after 25 years of marriage (which was close to the end of the Thanks to Goodreads and Berkley for this ARC.I've always loved the fairy tale of Grace Kelly and her romance with Hollywood stars (always married and older than her) and her marriage to Prince Rainier. This is a true love story and even though it's a historical novel, you know there is truth in it also. She really did love her husband and got used to being a Princess living in Monaco, and she got frustrated and irritated with him after 25 years of marriage (which was close to the end of the book) it seems and I'm wondering in this day and age if they still would have been married. It ended, of course, with her driving and the end of her life. It leaves the reader to imagine what could have happened. I was wondering what her life would have been like at 90 years old in 2019 since she was born in 1929.
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  • Lucy Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Behind the curtain.... historical fiction of Grace Kelly - shows that life can have two sides - the public and the private. The novel shows the life-long power her father had in her life and her need to excel and her thirst for approval on the stage. The book was an easy read and makes the reader wonder what was actual and what was embellished. It also showcases how public life and private life can sometimes be very different.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    I appreciate receiving an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.So, I'll be honest - I got about 90 pages in before giving up. The writing is wooden and dull. Since she had very little in the way of documents or letters to use as the basis of the story, the author just let her imagination run wild with innuendo and supposition. I couldn't take it any more.
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  • Julie Klein
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl in White Gloves is an interesting fictional portrayal of Grace Kelly's life. With alternating chapters, readers learn about Kelly's childhood family dynamics, her introduction to acting, and later her marriage to Prince Rainier, among many other aspects of her life. I would certainly recommend this book to fans of Marie Benedict's recent historical fiction novels.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Grace Kelly was the world's Cinderella story. She was elegant and glamorous. She was the picture of perfection. Growing up in the 1950s, she was the princess all little girls wanted to be. According to Kerri Maher's new novel, The Girl in White Gloves, Grace Kelly's life was anything but princess-like. It was more like Megan Markle's, the duchess of Sussex, 2019 reality show. Growing up in a rich neighborhood, Grace Kelley had a lot of expectations from her family and the Hollywood screen Grace Kelly was the world's Cinderella story. She was elegant and glamorous. She was the picture of perfection. Growing up in the 1950s, she was the princess all little girls wanted to be. According to Kerri Maher's new novel, The Girl in White Gloves, Grace Kelly's life was anything but princess-like. It was more like Megan Markle's, the duchess of Sussex, 2019 reality show. Growing up in a rich neighborhood, Grace Kelley had a lot of expectations from her family and the Hollywood screen crowd. She had it all materialistically but, sadly, she was not happy and she was willing to leave it all behind to marry and live in a world of royalty. Like any great piece of historical fiction, this was the perfect set up for a very simple story: The unappreciated girl from Philadelphia sacrifices everything close to her just to defy her family. As a young girl, Kelly spent her time chasing after dreams and the approval of those she cared about. Unfortunately, her family, and most importantly, her father, didn’t approve of her ambition to be a Broadway star. Still, she was determined to have it all. This was where the lines between fact and fairytale began to blur. She traded Hollywood for a script-worthy crown and the loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom. Her fans and loyal subjects couldn't grasp the harsh reality that the most envied woman in the world was not happy. She was starved for affection and purpose. Social expectations came with more twists and turns than Monaco’s infamous winding roads and Grace was forced to find her own way. Each step required that she risk her art, her family and her marriage. The threat was that she could lose them all. The Girl in White Gloves goes back and forth between Kelley’s struggle to make a life for herself, first in the theater and Hollywood and then in a palace in Monaco. The story is moving and bittersweet. Maher turns her extensive research into a compulsively readable portrait of a woman hungry to find her place in the world. The Girl in White Gloves is richly imagined and full of historical detail. Maher explores broader themes of challenging expectations and finding one’s voice that set this book apart. The reader gets a genuine reflection of the times in which Kelley lived and Hollywood as it existed in the 50’s and 60’s. In many places it is a page-turner, full of joy and heartbreak. Who doesn't want to be a princess swept up by her prince charming? And, at what cost does being a princess come when you are already famous, an independent, strong Hollywood sweetheart who does what she wants? Can “Princess Grace” become as meek and subservient as will be expected?  Although Maher took some liberties with the story, the book feels right. She acknowledges that she has speculated about many aspects of Grace’s life and adjusted the timelines. Maher also reminds readers that The Girl in White Gloves is not a biography but a novel with fictionalized characters and thoughts to help tell the story. Anyone who loves the glamour of classic movies will love The Girl in White Gloves. Kerri Maher transforms Grace Kelly from a legendary screen idol into a real and relatable woman. I was captivated by Kelley's struggle for personal and professional acceptance, and her search for balance between ambition and family. I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into the life of Grace Kelly. Maher hold us spellbound with Princess Grace's desire and indefatigable will. It is intimate and is written in such a way that you actually feel as if you’re spying on this icon.   I thank Book Browse for the Advanced Reader's Copy. I learned a lot about Grace’s life and the fascinating era that belonged to Hollywood. I enjoyed Maher’s descriptions of life in Monaco and romanticizing about those who marry into royalty. Maher has imbued Kelley with grace, passion and strength. We can imagine Kelley's journey, her deepest thoughts, and her efforts to find a purpose beyond her royal duties. We recognize the constraints and expectations blocking her road to a happy, fulfilled life and how similar they seem to today's British monarchy and its 21st century princesses. Even after all these years have passed, Grace Kelly’s life still remains a source of interest, curiosity, and speculation among those of us from a certain generation. Younger readers will read The Girl in White Gloves and learn of the American's princess' story for the first time.   Kerri Maher's admirable novel has certainly piqued my interest and I have decided to do my own “research.” I think it is time for me to watch every movie referenced in the story and make up my own story about the real life of Grace Kelly.
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  • Dinah A
    January 1, 1970
    Having been fascinated by royals since I was a kid, I was pleased to have the chance to read "The Girl In The White Gloves." Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for the advanced reading copy, provided in exchange for this honest review. (It is my first, and perhaps they will not send me any more as I am actually honest and tend not to sugarcoat things)I wanted to love it. I'm a big believer in "the willing suspension of disbelief" and you have to be in order to Having been fascinated by royals since I was a kid, I was pleased to have the chance to read "The Girl In The White Gloves." Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for the advanced reading copy, provided in exchange for this honest review. (It is my first, and perhaps they will not send me any more as I am actually honest and tend not to sugarcoat things)I wanted to love it. I'm a big believer in "the willing suspension of disbelief" and you have to be in order to read fictionalized accounts of the lives of real people. But this one pushed a little too hard trying to create Grace Kelly's world(s) and conflicts. She is painted as always being torn-and her struggle being so literally portrayed in so many different ways got tiring. Two conflicts within her pre-Monaco life were explored by the author: the Kelly family vs. acting-as-legitimate-career, and then also stage vs screen. There were very literal descriptions of pained choices about assorted men, movie roles, whether to furnish her apartment, whether to buy an apartment in Los Angeles...they went on and on. This whole tortured/ torn between worlds (black sheep of the family, up-and-coming model striving in NY, glam movie star, humble movie star at home, princess, so many worlds!) shtick got old. Also, what was presented as her inner dialogue, seemed designed for public view, the recollections of specific hotels and restaurants meant to show off the author's command of 1950s New York/Hollywood rather than to illustrate what any of it meant to Grace Kelly.I found the interactions with Princess Diana in particular to be too much in terms of "imagining" what effect Princess Grace might have had on younger royals. Her relationships in general seemed off to me somehow until I read that the author had started in YA which explained why everything was so spelled out for the reader, with nothing left to our imagination (including the final scene which was ridiculous and bordered on bad taste.) But for a YA audience, everything must be explained. The struggles can't just be described as an experience, they must be bracketed with the heroine exclaiming "Oh! What a struggle!" For someone accustomed to reading fiction that expects more from its readers, this is too much. Some connections are best made by readers following tiny breadcrumbs rather than listening to Siri announce the whole route. All that said, a princess is a princess, and there's a certain pleasure in peeking inside her life. So as long as you look at the book as kind of a fluffy read, it makes for a fun afternoon.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    I think The Girl In White Gloves marks my fourth book about Grace Kelly. She is just so intriguing to read about, and this book was no different! I was completely blown away by this author’s first novel The Kennedy Debutante, and was so thrilled when I won a copy of this book through Goodreads. It was clear that the author fully researched everything she wrote about and had a good understanding of Grace's life. Obviously Grace was an icon of style who made a mark on Hollywood during her short I think The Girl In White Gloves marks my fourth book about Grace Kelly. She is just so intriguing to read about, and this book was no different! I was completely blown away by this author’s first novel The Kennedy Debutante, and was so thrilled when I won a copy of this book through Goodreads. It was clear that the author fully researched everything she wrote about and had a good understanding of Grace's life. 
Obviously Grace was an icon of style who made a mark on Hollywood during her short career as a movie star. But this novel showed much more of Grace's emotional journey. This novel started off with some very grim depictions of Grace, in the future: a loveless marriage to prince Rainier, and in the past: a life with parents who never approved of her, and a frustrating love life riddled only with married men. These things all contributed to Grace's self doubt. That left her eager to be swept away by Rainier during a short whirlwind romance.
This novel portrayed Grace as a woman very focused on being a Broadway actress on the stage. She did not appear that eager to sign with MGM, and made sure she had enough time off from filming to be able to star in theater productions. Of course, her success with Hitchcock's films kept her in Hollywood and launched her star status.
I liked that the author was able to include some well known stories to help readers get to know Grace's spunky personality, like when she dared to inform Hitchcock that her character in Dial M For Murder wouldn’t put on a robe to answer her phone. Also, the dialogue between Grace and the other characters just seemed so realistic! I could Grace's whispering tone in all of her lines. This book was a work of love towards Grace. Keri Maher is a phenomenal storyteller because she gives life to her female protagonists in a way that humanizes them. She developed every aspect of Grace so that she was fully understood. That meant extending the story to include the way she handled her movies, family, dealing with the press, her children, and her lovers.
This was so beautiful and such a complimentary ode to Grace that it was just a joy to read! This was a fun and light read that would appeal to anyone looking for a romance or interested in the life of Grace Kelly.

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  • Tam Sesto
    January 1, 1970
    Historical fiction is quickly becoming a go to genre for me. The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher is a fictional account of Grace Kelly from 1949 to the end of her life, with moments of facts and history. I loved everything about this book from the cover to how the author decided to end the book. The story is well written and reads like a memoir. I loved that she skipped over Grace’s childhood and started with Grace in her 20s with all the excitement of studying to be an actress. You could Historical fiction is quickly becoming a go to genre for me. The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher is a fictional account of Grace Kelly from 1949 to the end of her life, with moments of facts and history. I loved everything about this book from the cover to how the author decided to end the book. The story is well written and reads like a memoir. I loved that she skipped over Grace’s childhood and started with Grace in her 20s with all the excitement of studying to be an actress. You could feel the excitement as Grace chased her dreams and the disappointment in her relationship with her parents. The way the author went back and forth between Grace Kelly the actress and Princess Grace was essential to the book. It gave us glimpses into what she gave up to become Princess Grace, her unhappiness, and her “somewhat” return to the spotlight.I personally loved the references to her movies with Alfred Hitchcock. I loved everyone of them, especially Rear Window. The name dropping; Frank Sinatra, Josephine Baker, Oleg Cassini, Clark Gable and many others. What a great time period to have achieved success and love. Honestly, I can’t complain about anything with this book. It was fantastic and a joy to read. Thank you to Kerri Maher, Berkley Penguin Random House Publishing and Goodreads for the opportunity to read and review this 5 star book.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    I knew that Grace Kelly was a movie star and a princess and that's about all I knew about her. I figured that she must have been happy with her life -- I mean who doesn't dream at some time of being a movie star or a princess and she was both! The Girl in White Gloves is a fictionalized version of Grace Kelley's life but is full of factual information. After reading it, I understand the real person behind the actress and the princess and see that having those titles didn't being her as much I knew that Grace Kelly was a movie star and a princess and that's about all I knew about her. I figured that she must have been happy with her life -- I mean who doesn't dream at some time of being a movie star or a princess and she was both! The Girl in White Gloves is a fictionalized version of Grace Kelley's life but is full of factual information. After reading it, I understand the real person behind the actress and the princess and see that having those titles didn't being her as much happiness as I had believed.This book is about Grace Kelley at two times in her life - the younger Grace who in 1949 defied her family and moved to New York to try to become a stage actress and the older Grace who at 40 years old is the Princess of Monaco and the mother of three children. Grace Kelley searched for happiness her entire life from her wish to be a Broadway actress to her eventual role as a princess, she struggled to find the life that would bring her fulfillment and happiness. Just as she was finally finding happiness, her life ended in a tragic accident. This is the story of a search for happiness through love and family and friendship. Even though this was a fictionalized version of her life, I feel that I understand Grace Kelly the person.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome to the inner world of Grace Kelly. She is not the Grace Kelly you see on the screen or hear about in the society pages and Hollywood gossip columns nor is she the princess we believed lived in a faraway castle beloved by all. This is more about the real woman, not the myth. A woman who needed to be loved for who she was, respected for her craft and taken seriously not just paraded around as a national icon. The story is told flipping back and forth between her youth and time in Hollywood Welcome to the inner world of Grace Kelly. She is not the Grace Kelly you see on the screen or hear about in the society pages and Hollywood gossip columns nor is she the princess we believed lived in a faraway castle beloved by all. This is more about the real woman, not the myth. A woman who needed to be loved for who she was, respected for her craft and taken seriously not just paraded around as a national icon. The story is told flipping back and forth between her youth and time in Hollywood and in the later years of her life in Monaco. The book does become a blur as there are so many famous names and it covers so much of her life that at times I felt like I needed a cast of characters to keep it straight. She was larger than life and what we are left with is that she, like so many other celebrities, did not always lead a fairytale life. If you enjoy the numerous historical fiction biographies featuring those idolized women as real women then you will enjoy learning more about the real Grace Kelly. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Tracy Susko
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent read. This is the first time I had read a work of fiction based on Grace Kelly's life. I am glad this was the first, because it was very well written. I check facts while reading, I am just that kind of geek I guess, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the internet photos of events and people to match what I was reading in the book. When I read about Grace meeting Rainier, the photos I found online of their meeting were exactly what I was picturing in my mind! The only Excellent read. This is the first time I had read a work of fiction based on Grace Kelly's life. I am glad this was the first, because it was very well written. I check facts while reading, I am just that kind of geek I guess, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the internet photos of events and people to match what I was reading in the book. When I read about Grace meeting Rainier, the photos I found online of their meeting were exactly what I was picturing in my mind! The only disappointment for me was the way Grace thought at the end of the book. I am not sure what her actual opinion of her relationship with Rainier was. I am certain there are complications around royal marriages that make them more complicated than the marriages of commoners. There have to be extra expectations from the public, lack of privacy, etc. But I really hope she was happy, given the contentious relationship with her father. She deserved it. If you have any interest in Grace Kelly at all, or Monaco, Hollywood, or royalty, you should read this!!!!
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book was like a guilty pleasure and couldn't put it down!! A bit gossipy, a lot of knowledge of the Hollywood of the 50's - 70's, a good grasp on Grace Kelly's public life and a good fictional take on what her life was like during those years. I loved Maher's take on Grace's relationships with her stars, directors and other men in her life but really enjoyed her take on her friendships with women and how she interacted with the people in her life, with her importance toward the end Reading this book was like a guilty pleasure and couldn't put it down!! A bit gossipy, a lot of knowledge of the Hollywood of the 50's - 70's, a good grasp on Grace Kelly's public life and a good fictional take on what her life was like during those years. I loved Maher's take on Grace's relationships with her stars, directors and other men in her life but really enjoyed her take on her friendships with women and how she interacted with the people in her life, with her importance toward the end of the book about how much Monaco and her children meant to her and how her relationship with Ranier was. I didn't realize that she had been visible in Hollywood and was doing readings and was thinking of going back into movies in the 1980's and this book wants me to reach out to biography books on her now.I received the ARC as part of the giveaway on Goodreads.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a well researched, fictionalized account of the life of Grace Kelly focusing on her life as an actress and then as a princess in Monaco. I found that I enjoyed the chapters imagining her life in Hollywood the most and that the years spent in Monaco were rather boring. While I didn't know much about Kelly's life going into this book, I was never very engaged in the story. Kelly is written as a woman who rarely takes control of her own life and instead just lets things happen to her. This book is a well researched, fictionalized account of the life of Grace Kelly focusing on her life as an actress and then as a princess in Monaco. I found that I enjoyed the chapters imagining her life in Hollywood the most and that the years spent in Monaco were rather boring. While I didn't know much about Kelly's life going into this book, I was never very engaged in the story. Kelly is written as a woman who rarely takes control of her own life and instead just lets things happen to her. Her inner monologue is very sad, she is constantly doubting herself and others and worrying about how she is disappointing everyone. There are very few times that she actually seems happy or excited. It made it very hard to connect with her as a heroine. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    If you've ever wondered about the life of the glamorous Grace Kelly the "The Girl in White Gloves" by Kerri Maher is the book for you. Well written with clearly defined characters, what one might expect to be a "Cinderella story" of an actress transformed into a modern day princess, may hold many surprises for the reader. I found the facts surrounding Grace's transformation from a Philly gal to a glamorous movie star and finally a Princess of the principality of Monaco to be somewhat surprising If you've ever wondered about the life of the glamorous Grace Kelly the "The Girl in White Gloves" by Kerri Maher is the book for you. Well written with clearly defined characters, what one might expect to be a "Cinderella story" of an actress transformed into a modern day princess, may hold many surprises for the reader. I found the facts surrounding Grace's transformation from a Philly gal to a glamorous movie star and finally a Princess of the principality of Monaco to be somewhat surprising as well as a tribute to a strong willed woman who made many sacrifices to live the life she dreamed as well as the one she accepted multiple responsibilities for successfully executing. Many thanks to the goodreads giveaway program and Penguin Random House Publishers for introducing me to yet another gifted author. I can't wait to read more from Kerri Maher!
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fictionalized book about Grace Kelly aka Princess Grace. Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante, does a really good job of pulling the reader into the story. Grace had a rough but well-heeled childhood with a father who could never be pleased and a mother who let it all happen without saying a word. The book starts with Grace as a struggling ingenue and follows her through her marriage to Ranier of Monaco. Not meant to be a spoiler, but wow! This version of her life shows her to This is a fictionalized book about Grace Kelly aka Princess Grace. Kerri Maher, author of The Kennedy Debutante, does a really good job of pulling the reader into the story. Grace had a rough but well-heeled childhood with a father who could never be pleased and a mother who let it all happen without saying a word. The book starts with Grace as a struggling ingenue and follows her through her marriage to Ranier of Monaco. Not meant to be a spoiler, but wow! This version of her life shows her to be a woman with no faith in herself and who cannot or will not stand up for herself. I don't know how much is based on fact, but if a lot of this is true, Grace Kelly led a pretty sad life and that is absolutely tragic.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Wanted to like this book but there was no depth to the plot or the characters. Every aspect, including the totally fictional voice of Grace Kelly was superficial. It was like reading the old tabloid exposes of her comings and goings with none of the breathless, lively writing of the gossips. Sad to think this book will probably sell because of its purported basis on Kelly's life. Its an average novel about a skeleton of a main character that would probably not grab much attention without that Wanted to like this book but there was no depth to the plot or the characters. Every aspect, including the totally fictional voice of Grace Kelly was superficial. It was like reading the old tabloid exposes of her comings and goings with none of the breathless, lively writing of the gossips. Sad to think this book will probably sell because of its purported basis on Kelly's life. Its an average novel about a skeleton of a main character that would probably not grab much attention without that connection. Perhaps her affairs should have been more exploited in these days of Shades of Gray. Might have made it more interesting. Readers would be better served to read one of the biographies that are out there.
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