Kristin Elizabeth Marshall, a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Psychology, has burst into the literary world with her first book.
From the back of the book:
Set in the historic and familiar context of what is arguably the most iconic American Family, The Eternal Waltz of Jacqueline Kennedy portrays through elegant, lyrical prose a single ethereal day spent in eternity. Jackie Kennedy, together with her husband and children for one final treasured day, takes us on a literary tour-de-force, a spiritual journey that unfolds as she reflects on her life. She examines both her immeasureable joys and her personal tragedies, not only the loves and the losses that spring from the timeless universality of family, but those that arose from that turbulent, triumphant, and uniquely American era surrounding John F. Kennedy’s brief presidency.
I will admit that when I first started reading this book I wasn’t sure what to think or if I would even like it, but as I continued on through the author’s vivid imagery of the day, I was drawn into the story and almost felt like I was right there next to them as they played in the garden or sailed on the boat or ran through a rainstorm to seek shelter. This book also provokes the reader to ponder things such as sand and how Jackie explains to Caroline that we are all crushers of rock and coral and we all create sand.
We all know that if you read to children that it will encourage them to enjoy the written word from a young age. As the author states in one chapter: The children devour the words like edible sweets. The books, nourishing food for their hungry young souls. That is what books should be, food for their souls!
There is a chapter called The Famine and the Feast which relates a story of Caroline having a tea party with her dolls from various countries. Although the dolls do not have names, they sit next to each other and do not complain about who they are sitting next to or that they are all fed from the same cup and spoon.
Take a break from reality and pick up this book and get swept away in a day with the Kennedys. You will be glad that you did!
So now for the fun stuff – I am giving away the copy of this book that the author sent me to a lucky winner. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada. Just leave a comment here on my blog and why you might like to read this book and on Friday, July 29th I will choose a lucky winner to experience the day caught on paper.