[Alicia] Darr and Kennedy can often come across as awful, self-absorbed humans, and yet, somehow, Gable makes them sympathetic characters for whom you want to root ... It’s perfect for a day at the beach or a lazy pool or lakeside afternoon. Easy-to-read, with rich characters, Gable knows how to deliver a balance of fun and interesting. The writing style is breezy and works in a lot of detail ... I absolutely had a hard time putting it down.
Gable...seamlessly weaves this modern love story with history, ensuring romantic tension that doesn't end with the acceleration of Jack's career ... Based on real events, this compassionate and intelligent blend of Adriana Trigiani's All the Stars in the Heavens and Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.'s Empty Mansions offers massive cross-genre appeal.
There are no new revelations in Michelle Gable’s novel ... But it seems particularly crass to market a book on the enduring appeal of the Kennedy family and then spend 400-plus pages denigrating them ... Family matriarch Rose Kennedy is 'shrill and slight. 'Bobby is 'shifty and ratlike.' A key character claims to have proof the Kennedys killed Marilyn Monroe, and Gable suggests one of Jack’s closest chums 'services' him when no women are available. A thin modern-day plotline about an errant envelope links past to present in an attempt to reel the reader through to the book’s conclusion.