On April 5th, 1948, Gold met Kennig...
Inspired by the true story of a WWII marine and the love of his life, Christopher M. Struck has crafted a tragic tale of love, devotion, sacrifice...and betrayal.
Daniel Kennig only has one ambition: to be the greatest singer to have ever lived. While headlining at a mid-tier nightclub in Manhattan he meets Cynthia Gold. Smitten with the flaxen-haired heiress, the young couple begin a rendezvous at the possible expense of his career.
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About the Author
Christopher Struck lives in New York City where he writes reviews for cabaret and Broadway musical theatre for Cabaret Scenes. Prior to moving to New York, he traveled to 19 countries, received six degrees, and studied two foreign languages. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and credits the Midwest for instilling him with strong family and community values as well as the discipline needed to write.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Finished this book a couple days ago, but I waited, thinking about how to review this one. I have to say the references to the Great Gatsby might be correct, unlike a lot of other reviewers, I didn’t really care for The Great Gatsby and I have to admit, I didn’t feel this one was remarkable either. Depth, I was looking for depth into Daniel Kennig and Cynthia Gold but I didn’t find it in this book. We do cover the highlights of their love story, the immediate attraction and then the world wind romance ending in a quick marriage against her mother’s wishes. I felt Cynthia was mainly concerned for herself, I do feel she was smitten and in love with Daniel but her sacrifices were not near what she was asking of him. And Daniel fell for the hype and glory of being a famous singer and he also fell into a specific stereotype. The story is told by a journalist, as an aging Daniel Kennig wants his love story told between Cynthia and himself so many years ago. Daniel provides letters that tell of his love and choices he made as a young man when he thought he would become one of the greatest singers of all time. It is a short read but unfortunately, I just didn’t find what I was looking for in this one. I’m giving it 3***’s. I was given an advanced copy from BHC Press and Net Galley for my honest review.
I just loved this beautifully written novel. Kennig and Gold tells the love story of a WWll veteran Daniel Kennig, a promising up and coming American musician and Cynthia Gold, a young British socialite. They meet by chance after WWll in New York City. The book is written in a style reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story is mainly revealed through a series of letters and diary entries written by Kennig and Cynthia Gold, which were given to Marcus Wells, a writer who is interviewing Kenning, now a 96-year old retired legendary musician. The love story of Kennig and Gold is a whirlwind romance that evolves in New York and Europe culminating in a marriage between the two. I fell in love immediately with the handsome and deeply romantic character of Daniel Kennig. Cynthia Gold is a beautiful young woman with a mind of her own. Despite the fact that they often clash, together they are magic. I would love to see this book made into a film.