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The Kennedy Debutante A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen Kick Kennedy the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's greatest political dynasties London 1938 The effervescent It girl of London society since her father was named the ambassador Kathleen Kick Kennedy moves in rarified circles rubbing satin covered elbows with some of the 20th century's most powerful figures Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother Rose the antics of her older brothers Jack and Joe and the erratic behavior of her sister Rosemary Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington the future Duke of DevonshireBut their love is forbidden as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States Kick gets work as a journalist and joins the Red Cross to get back to England where she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie—with family or with love I've long had an interest with the Kennedy family and this book about Kathleen Kick Kennedy was one that I had been looking forward to reading for a long time Kick the next oldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy is one of the lesser known Kennedys Her life and death have been overshadowed by her famous brothers Kick's life was cut short but she managed much during her short life However much came at a great cost In the 1930s her father Joe was the ambassador in London and Kick loved her life there She had great friends and she also met the love of her life Billy Hartington the future Duke of Devonshire But Kick came from a devout Catholic family and Billy was Protestant Neither could compromise their faith She would lose her family and his family would never accept that Billy converted nor that their future children would be raised Catholics And then England is drawn into WW2 in the middle of this emotional turmoil Will they ever be together?READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION I can see I'm going to have my hands full with you he saidI'll see to it sir Kathleen Kick Kennedy has it all the fame the riches the glory Her life is so tied up in the Kennedy legacy that she hardly knows where they end and she begins And now as she's entering her debutante years Kick finally has a chance to become her own person find her own love and above all escape from under her mother's thumb It was the first time in ages she had felt carried away by something part of something that had nothing to do with her family and she loved it Kick falls in love with Londonand a certain Billy Hartington heir to the Duke of Devonshire Sohas he kissed you yet?Deborah MitfordWhat? You might be Catholic but you're not a nun But their love comes at a cost Kick is a devout Catholic and Billy is an eually devout Protestant And Kick's mother? A whole other story I'm not worried about God I'm worried about Mother Rose Kick's mother puts all dragon mothers to shame she is nothing if not completely and utterly in control Any and all things Kennedy must first meet with her approval and her good Catholic daughter marrying a Protestant Heathen is definitely not on the list of pre approved Kennedy friendly things But think darling You don't want to ruin your excellent reputation Oh my gosh Kerri Maher really brought Kick Kennedy to life So often Kick is a mere footnote to the long extensive and outrageous Kennedy family history and I'm really pleased with how Maher brought Kick out from the backgroundKick was spunky feisty and sweet The author did an excellent job with working Kick's faith into this story You don't have too many stories where the main character's religion plays such a strong and positive roleIn addition this book covers several years of Kick's life so we are really able to see her character and the others in this novel grow and develop I loved watching her grow from a spunky teen to a mature womanI do wish the Rosemary angle was expanded upon in this novel Rosemary Kick's older sister was always a little bit strange behavioral issues learning disability etcThis novel touched on what happened to Rosemary Yes you see your father's heard about a procedure that might help our dear Rosemary but we don't really see the reactions and turmoil of the other characters something that I think would really have enhanced the novelOverall really pleased with this one Loved the new take on the Kennedy family I know what love can be and I'm not going to settle With thanks to Berkley Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewAll uotes are from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading 4 big stars to The Kennedy Debutante ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I recently listened to an audiobook about Rosemary Kennedy and ever since my interest has been piued about Kick Kennedy’s short life Why didn’t I know about her? The Kennedy Debutante is Kick’s story In 1930s London Kick’s father is an ambassador in England and she is a big time society girl She has a yearning for a life of adventure and with all her might she works her way out of her strict mother’s grasp and into the arms of Billy Hartington the soon to be Duke of Devonshire The lovers are star crossed though because Kick’s family is devout Catholic and Billy’s family is Protestant Their parents would never approve World War II begins which sends Billy to war and the Kennedys back home to the States Nothing stops determined Kick from making her way back overseas where she becomes a journalist and works for the Red Cross Will Kick choose her family or her love?The Kennedys are like royalty in the US Their contributions have been complex from scandal to civil rights advocacy to everything in between including devastating tragedies of their own but there is always a lurid fascination Kerri Maher’s slower pacing of this story is deliciously detailed and offers insights into each of the Kennedy family members The Kennedy Debutante is a wonderfully engaging story of the search for forbidden love while uestioning family and faith With World War II as its backdrop The Kennedy Debutante is rife with a secured time and place and charming robust characters Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction especially set against WWII Thank you to Berkley for the invitation to participate in the blog tour and for the finished copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom 5 starsI absolutely loved this book and plan to recommend it to everyone I know The Kennedy Debutante tells the story of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy sister of John F Kennedy and Robert F Kennedy As I began reading the book I realized how little I knew about her or any of the lesser known siblings of these two famous men Maher masterfully unveils Kick’s complex story interweaving details of her staunch Catholic upbringing her desire to please her strict mother the effects of her father’s focus on his sons and his ineffectiveness as the US’s ambassador to the United Kingdom and her relationship with her close in age siblings Overarching a significant portion of the story is Kick’s relationship with Billy Hartington the future Duke of Devonshire and a devout Protestant Her Catholicism and his Protestant background created a far greater issue for them with both families than I would have supposed would be the case While Kick is the focus of The Kennedy Debutante Maher interweaves tidbits about the other Kennedy siblings particularly those she was close to Joe Jr Rosemary Jack and occasionally Eunice It was fascinating to learn about their time in London Jack’s relationships with numerous women Joe Jr’s feelings of being overshadowed by his younger charismatic brother Jack and many other interesting tidbits I also liked learning about the Mitfords through Kick’s close relationship with Deborah MitfordFighting every inclination I had I waited to Google Kick until I completed the book Usually when I start a historical fiction novel and encounter people with whom I am unfamiliar I immediately look them up to learn about them and put them in context However in this instance I loved The Kennedy Debutante so much that I did not want to spoil the story and I was very thankful that I waited I laughed when I finished the book and immediately turned to the Author’s Note freuently one of my favorite parts of reading historical fiction Maher’s first sentence started with “Allow me to save you the rush to Google” as she then proceeded to provide details on Kick’s life and how she came to write Kick’s storyThe Kennedy Debutante will certainly have a highlighted spot on my top ten list for 2018 Maher hit it out of the park with her debut novel and I look forward to reading her future endeavors I highly highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story – it is a fascinating tale of a strong independent woman and a glimpse into the lives of a famous American family who endured heartbreak than one family should have to bear Grab some tissues before you start the book – you will need themListen to my podcast at for fun author interviews For book reviews check out my Instagram account

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The Kennedy Debutante
  • Kerri Maher
  • English
  • 02 January 2015
  • 9780451492043

About the Author: Kerri Maher

Hi So great to see you on Goodreads it's such an amazing place for readers and authors to connectI live outside of Boston MA with my daughter and labradoodle whose adventures I sometimes post on Instagram along with many other writing themed postsI am the author of THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE and THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES both of which you can see here I am working on a novel called THE PARIS


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