Image of Ike and Kay: A Novel


Image of Ike and Kay: A Novel

MacManus draws on longtime rumors and facts centering on the friendship and love affair between American General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his British driver, Kay Summersby. Told from a very human perspective, this poignant novel recreates the war years and explores how a relationship can alter lives and history. Anyone interested in WWII history will savor this beautifully written love story that displays another side to Eisenhower and the war.

It is 1942 when General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrives in London to strategically plan the Allies next move with Churchill. He is assigned a driver who can navigate the bombed out streets of London. Kay Summersby, divorced at 33 and settled in her belief there is no happily ever after, becomes the general’s driver. Constantly thrust together, a friendship forms between them, and since his wife, Mamie, is in America, Ike asks Kay to act as his hostess when he entertains dignitaries. It seems only logical that their friendship grows into something more. Kay becomes Ike’s constant companion, which is something many take note of; even Mamie is aware of her husband’s liaison. When Ike travels to North Africa, Kay goes as his driver. Their affair, which is against military regulations, continues to raise eyebrows and creates strife after Kay becomes a member of the U.S. Women’s Army Corps. Ultimately Kay realizes her beloved Ike has a destiny to fulfill and she cannot have a part in that. (OVERLOOK PRESS, Jun., 288 pp., $27.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin