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Title: The Second Marriage.

Author: Gill Paul.

Genre: Historical  romance.

Publication Date: 24th August 2020.

Publication House: Avon Books.

Estimated Page Count – 464.

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When her first marriage ends in tragedy, Jackie Kennedy fears she’ll never love again. But all that changes when she encounters…

Successful and charming, Ari Onassis is a man who promises her the world. Yet soon after they marry, Jackie learns that his heart also belongs to another…

A beautiful, famed singer, Maria Callas is in love with Jackie’s new husband – and she isn’t going to give up.

Little by little, Jackie and Maria’s lives begin to tangle in a dangerous web of secrets, scandal and lies. But with both women determined to make Ari theirs alone, the stakes are high. How far will they go for true love?

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I’m not a fan of opera. It always sounds to me like a pair of Italian chefs screaming risotto recipes at each other.”

My thoughts:

I am a huge fan of historical books so reading The Second Marriage was like taking a stroll in heaven. The character’s lives (mostly Maria) were so far fetched yet so relatable. I didn’t know much about Maria Callas or The Kennedy’s but now i am totally hooked on them.

The book was amazing and i couldn’t stop thinking about it after a week of reading it! I felt every type of emotion with every page i turned and it was a really magical experience. Now thanks to The Second Marriage, i now have two new favourites (Maria Callas and Gill Paul)!

Speaking of characters, let’s start with dearest Maria. She was great at what she did. I loved how she didn’t let her competence get in the way of nurturing her natural talent and getting ahead. That to me is a very important character i would love to have. She was a great inspiration and she spoke her mind no matter what. She was my favourite thing about this book.

Now to the two players in the story, Ari and Jack, you know what, i am too pissed to think about them right now so i will just skip it…. Although, i did cry when Jack died in the book. I mean who wouldn’t?

“If you want me to believe that Jack will be reincarnated as a beetle or a frog, I warn you in advance, I don’t buy it.”

I liked Jackie and i don’t have any grudges against her but i don’t like how she just rushed into a marriage contract with someone she barely knew when she wasn’t even ready. Plus she took Ari from Maria and that, i cannot accept! No grudges.


The book had a few technical errors- repetition of words and sentences- although annoying and a bit difficult to read, it didn’t take away anything from the book.

I know some aspects were based on the real life behaviours of the two main characters but i just hated their cheating asses. I got a bit pissed with Maria for sticking with Aristotle after all his cheating but no one can make me hate my Maria, not even you Ari.

Their mother had warned them repeatedly not to have sex before marriage: “Manhandled goods don’t fetch such a high price.”


I loved the writing style! It was intriguing and not difficult to follow at all! The two female leads were well developed and the research was top notch!

Although not entirely true, i liked feeling like i knew them and their struggles. I felt like a guardian a true sister and their friend every step of the way and i liked it.

But he had married the wrong woman, and as a result he spent most of his days alone.


With everything that has been said, I will gladly rate this book [8/10] stars!


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