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Publisher's Summary

The sweeping love story at the heart of the Second World War, vividly reimagining General Eisenhower and Kay Summersby's infamous, star-crossed affair

In his latest historical novel Ike and Kay, acclaimed author James MacManus brings to life an unbelievably true and controversial romance and the poignant characters and personalities that shaped the course of world history.

In 1942, Kay Summersby's life is changed forever when she is conscripted to drive General Eisenhower on his fact-finding visit to wartime London. Despite Eisenhower's marriage to Mamie, the pair takes an immediate liking to each other, and he buys Kay a rare wartime luxury: a box of chocolates.

So begins a tumultuous relationship that, against all military regulation, sees Kay traveling with Eisenhower on missions to far-flung places before the final assault on Nazi Germany. The general does dangerously little to conceal his affair with the woman widely known as "Ike's shadow", and in letters, Mamie bemoans his new obsession with "Ireland". That does not stop him from using his influence to grant Kay citizenship and rank in the US army, drawing her closer still when he returns to America. When officials discover Eisenhower's plans to divorce from his wife, they threaten the fragile but passionate affair, and Kay is forced to take desperate measures to hold onto the man she loves...

Based on the scandalous true story of General Eisenhower's secret World War II love affair, Ike and Kay is a compelling story of love, duty, sacrifice, and heartbreak set against the backdrop of the most tumultuous period of the 20th century.

©2018 James MacManus (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Sexy Time for Ike! Wowsa!

I did not expect much from this book. The cover art was kind of predictable and mundane, but I grabbed it. Could not stop listening for the next 3 days. I don't care whether they were or were not lovers I just love a good tale well told and this was it. Terrific Narration. Deserves every one of these 5 stars.

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DISHONEST IKE!

I very much disliked this story. I can’t believe there were positive reviews about this book. There was only one likable character is the whole story. That of course was Kay. Ike couldn’t have been a more demanding & ugly person.
I regret listening to this book. There was no love story here. Just an account of a pretty young woman being taken advantage of by her military superior/boss during the end of World II.
Tale as old as time & a man I would call slime.

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Eisenhower’s best kept secret

The story of Ike and Kay reads like a novel, but is well researched historical fiction of Ike’s life while stationed in Europe. Beautifully narrated and interesting from start to finish, “Ike and Kay” reveals the human side of this 5 star General and the relationship that kept him grounded & focused helping him to succeed in winning the War. A personal peek into the private lives of Ike, Kay and the ever patient, Mrs. Eisenhower.

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good story

I loved this. I learned alot about troop movement. fun details about "The Boss"

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Touching

How many people can relate to this story. In a time when men held all the power. and women had to get what they could for themselves

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Needed a better narrator

The story itself is good and for anyone interested in American History and particularly WWII will enjoy this book. The narrator wasn’t bad, but she made the common mistake of using an Irish accent occasionally when speaking as Kay and then forgetting to use it and lapsing into a British accent. She also used the same flat, non descript accent for all the American men that Brits often use when speaking American. The story would have been more intriguing had Mamie Eisenhower’s perspective been more integrated into the story. Having said all that it’s told in a believable way and well researched.

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I loved the story..

Two people carve out a minute during ugly wartime to find peace.understanding and comfort while the world is changing and priorities also change.. Difficult as history is there was a lovely story to be lived…happily ever after is not the story…after hearing it you might feel differently…l loved it..

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Love in war

The story brings history to life. Nicely narrated and well organized side bars. I will read more of this author's work.

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Fascinating

I loved the story. It was a bit soapy but it was a satisfying listen. Who knows how much truth there is here about how far the romance went but as historical fiction it was fun. I liked the narrator but I wish she had not made the male voices so flat and completely artificial sounding. That’s my only complaint.

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TMI?

Maybe it’s because he is an historical figure who was alive during my childhood but I felt like a voyeur reading the sex scenes. It was uncomfortable - but maybe that’s my problem. When the protagonist lived well before you were born there is distance and elapsed time; it takes you out of the picture and somehow descriptions of physical intimacy are not cringe inducing the way this was. Henry VIII; ok. Eisenhower? Not so much.