The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable

The Summer I Met Jack

New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark - and the child they may have had.Based on a real story - in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack. Alicia and Jack are soon engag...


Details The Summer I Met Jack

TitleThe Summer I Met Jack
ISBN9781250103246
Author
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction
Rating

Reviews The Summer I Met Jack

  • Deanna
    1970-01-01
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...4.5 Stars!This is the first novel I’ve read from Michelle Gable. The first line of the book blurb: “New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark - and the child they may have had.” I was intrigued. The fact that this is based on the real-life romance between Jack Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark is fascinating.Alica Darr (f...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Launching 5/22/2018THE SUMMER I MET JACK is my fourth book and I'm still recovering from writing it!Yes, it is that Jack, and yes, it's based on a true story. The wealthy Alicia Corning Clark died in New York, in 2016, at the stated age of 79 but she lied about her age constantly and apparently even in death. Her estate and wills were in a state of bedlam so attorneys tried to track down possible heirs. She didn't have any children...or did she? ...
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    Michelle has taken on the daunting task of telling a story about the Kennedy family. Everyone of a certain age feels like they know all there is to know about the Kennedys so what could she possibly write about. Boy oh boy, does she show the doubters. She tells the story about a woman who had an affair with JFK in the late 50s who could have changed history. She was someone that I had never heard of and the author's research into the family is so...
  • Patricia
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed reading me uncorrected copy of THE SUMMER I MEET JACK which is a fictionalized account of the life of Alicia Darr. This novel primarily take place in the 1950's and 60's. Alicia had quite an interesting life. Originally from Poland, Alicia meets JFK while living and working on the east coast. Next, Hollywood, and a ton of names are dropped along the way! If you are looking for an entertaining read, look no farther. I received thi...
  • Martie Nees Record
    1970-01-01
    Genre: Women’s FictionPublisher: St. Martin’s PressPub. Date: May 29, 2018The book’s blurb reads, “Based on a real story - in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America.” The family is the Kennedys. Of course, the Jack in the title is a young Jack Kennedy. I was disappointed in this book, but it may be my own fault. I thought I was reading...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book! Let me preface by saying, I am really not the biggest historical fiction person, even when I love a book that’s historical, it usually takes me a bit to really pick up the pace. The Summer I Met Jack was really an exception here, I was hooked from page 1 and I stayed up hours past my usual bedtime to devour every last word. There was no hope of sleep, I had to see how Alicia’s story would play out. I’ve always been intrig...
  • Tracy
    1970-01-01
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! Whoo-hooo!! This is my third book by this author and I did enjoy it. I would love to know more about what is real and what is fiction. I realize the little details can't all be real, but I believe the author was very meticulous about her research and you feel that in the story. A lot of people are fascinated by the Kennedy family and this is just another piece of that puzzle! A not well known tale which ma...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    What is it about the Kennedy clan that still pulls us in? I don’t know about you but there’s a mild obsession with them on my part. The Summer I Met Jack explores the early Kennedys — the pre-president JFK — the Jack that was shouldering the dreams of his father and family since the heir apparent died in WW2. Jack meets Alicia Darr, an European refugee, in 1951 in Hyannisport. She is drawn into the orbit of the Kennedy clan and Jack, in h...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Based on the Kennedy family’s maid and her affair with JFK, and then some, this story was full of everything I needed for a cold winters read. Full of glitz, name dropping, and multiple celebrity affairs ... who would’ve guessed that it was based on reality! From Hyannisport to Hollywood, it was an excellent read that kept me with my nose buried in the book and not wanting to put it down. A definite must read for every Kennedy fan! **I receiv...
  • Amanda
    1970-01-01
    This book is full of the glitz and glamour of the stars of the time, and the dark underbelly of the Kennedy clan. But it also has a touch of my favorite period of historical fiction, the stories of girls/women of WWII. I could have kept reading about the life of Alicia for so much longer and sort of wish it had been kept at its original epic length.
  • Darlene
    1970-01-01
    Great piece of historical fiction about the Kennedy clan. I enjoyed it!
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    My Review of “The Summer I Met Jack” by Michelle Gable St.Martin’s Press Pub. Date May 29,2018Michelle Gable, Author of “The Summer I Met Jack” writes an intriguing , unique and enjoyable novel. ” The Genres for this novel are Women’s Fiction and Fiction. The author uses her imagination to incorporate some historical facts to the fictional story. I especially like the concept of “What If”. The story is based on John F. Kennedy a...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    I have always been obsessed with the Kennedy's. The Summer I Met Jack fed my obsession and I had a hard time putting it down. Michelle Gable did an amazing job researching! I ended up falling down a Kennedy rabbit hole after reading this book and different accounts of Alicia Darr's life. This book is fiction but is based on real life people and events. Loved it!
  • SOMDReigel
    1970-01-01
    “Did JFK and Alicia Corning Clark have a secret love child? The article that then turn into Michelle Gable’s newest novel – The Summer I Met Jack.Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know much about this particular generation of Kennedy’s besides my limited impression of a rich, powerful large family with many known reports of infidelity, and accusations of wrong doings. (I was much more interested in JFK, Jr, Caroline and Maria Shriver...
  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    I thought I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway, but now I see it is an ARC ... so I am wondering if the author or PR folks sent it to me??! I loved the read. I am new to Michelle's writing ... great writing style. I am never sure what it is about the Kennedy clan that does pull us in so so much ...they were just so darn cool, unique and maybe a bit mysterious?!! I was pulled in by the cover, love the story ... it is "based on real events"?? I wonde...
  • Marisa
    1970-01-01
    First I want to congratulate the author on the extensive amount of research she did to bring this novel to life. As a reader I appreciate it. Secondly this novel was great. The Kennedy family has always been a family with a mysterious hold on the American people. In an era where handsome faces and beautiful women entertained us money above all talked. The Kennedys are nasty people!I loved Alicia. She was a person who had to lie to survive. And sh...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    Very excited with this new book by Michelle Gable. The story of Alicia Darr was extremely interesting and written in a style that kept me reading.
  • Angel Hollingsworth
    1970-01-01
    I won this book on Goodreads and didn’t know how I would like it but I loved it. I’m not into politics so I was worried it would be a lot of political talk but It wasn’t. While reading the book, I even researched some of the names mentioned in the book and I was very intrigued with their stories not only in the book but also in real life! Highly recommend!!
  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    **Disclaimer: Won ARC in a GiveawayI finished this book in about three days. The characters are what drew me in. Although I'm not sure whether I found Jack and Alicia likable or infuriating, they felt real. Additionally, I felt like I was right there with Jack and Alicia in the 1950s as I was reading. I definitely recommend this book for others to read.
  • Tina
    1970-01-01
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. This was an awesome read. Historical fiction is becoming a favorite and this does not disappoint. This book has made me want to find out more about Alicia's life. Thanks for the enjoyable read.
  • Tracey
    1970-01-01
    I won this book in a giveaway from Goodreads and I'm so glad I did! This book kept me enthralled from page one. Although it is fiction, it is based on true events so all the way through it I couldn't help but wonder "did this really happen?" The Summer I Met Jack is sure to be a bestseller.
  • Tina Panik
    1970-01-01
    A fascinating story based on real events; well written and full of captivating character dynamics. This was an ARC
  • Christine Moore
    1970-01-01
    Everyone has heard of the Kennedy's but this is a little known love story of Jack and Alicia Corning Clark. I had never heard of this story and with an interesting reason why. When your family doesn't approve of your fiancee and they have HUGE plans for you, you have to make a choice. Alicia and JFK had a beautiful love story until his family gets in the way. Alicia led a very interesting life after her time with JFK. I thoroughly enjoyed this bo...
  • Evie
    1970-01-01
    The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable is a fascinating, mind-blowing page-turner based on what might've been or perhaps was a love affair between John F. Kennedy (aka Jack Kennedy) and Alicia Darr that will rock bookstores shelves this May.Read the full review on 3/2 at A Quaintrelle In The City What romance book did you read this week?  Join the One Wicked Romance a Week reading challenge!
  • Elizabeth Connor
    1970-01-01
    I was provided with a free copy of this book from Netgalley. To say it was an overwhelming read would be an understatement. It was a bit slow-moving and confusing at first, but before long I couldn’t bear to put it down. Yet, while reading it, I was plagued with a sickening sense of discomfort. I wanted to cry for Alicia, and sometimes for Jack (even though he was a large part of the problem). They were like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, where...
  • Danielle Urban
    1970-01-01
    The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable is a great read. It is based off some realistic events. I found that part intriguing. My mind spun with how would those characters have survived, done, and moved forward. The consequences of their actions and the choices they have made will affect them like a domino affect. The book was similar to some soap opera themes but had a real life tune. There was plenty of drama, sacrifices, and emotions that flew ...
  • Leanna Mattea
    1970-01-01
    I’m at a loss to figure out how I feel about this book! It was certainly very intriguing. If it’s a true story, which it states that it is “based on real events”, then WOW!It is the story of Alicia Darr, a woman with multiple identities, that came to the US in the early 50’s, as a “displaced person”! She was born in Poland but was sheltered in a Catholic boarding school during the war, to prevent internment in German concentration c...
  • Shel
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for honest feedback.I love Michelle Gable’s books and usually devour them but this one was a little hard for me to get through. It had nothing to do with the writing because Gable is a rock star author and the main character was really interesting but overall I just didn’t like reading about JFK. I wasn’t born when he was alive/killed so it’s not like I h...
  • Merry Miller moon
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to Goodreads for the free ARC of this book. I had never heard of Alicia Darr before reading this book. ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*** She was a real woman and this book is the fictionalized story of the real life love affair that Alicia had with John F. Kennedy before he was president. Alicia Darr was a Polish immigrant living in the U.S. who worked for one summer as a house maid for the Kennedy family in Massachusetts. She has a relatio...
  • Linda Marie Marsh
    1970-01-01
    At last. A book involving JFK that is open and honest about what was real- not colored over, and, an engrossing read. Yes, it is a novel but well-researched and based on the life of Hollywood wannabe, kinda-be, actress 'Alicia Darr.' A Polish immigrant, who wound up working at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis MA as a housekeeper...... one summer in the 50's, Alicia became one of Jacks flings. In HER mind it was an everlasting love but for him?? ...