The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

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,...


Details The Kennedy Debutante

TitleThe Kennedy Debutante
ISBN9780451492043
Author
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction
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Reviews The Kennedy Debutante

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    4 big stars to The Kennedy Debutante! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I recently listened to an audiobook about Rosemary Kennedy, and ever since, my interest has been piqued about Kick Kennedy’s short life. Why didn’t I know more 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 ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!4.5 Stars“Long ago it must beI have a photographPreserve your memoriesThey're all that's left you” -- Old Friends / Bookends Theme, Simon & Garfunkel, Songwriters: Paul Simon”It all seems like a beautiful dream. Thanks a lot, Daddy, for giving me one of the greatest experiences anyone could have had. I know it will have a great effect on everything I do from her in.” --Kick Kennedy, 18 September 1939A young Kathleen “...
  • Katie B
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsI was so excited to get my hands on an advance copy of this because Kathleen Kennedy led an interesting life not just because she was the second oldest daughter of Joe Sr. and Rose, but because she had to make some tough decisions in life. So I'll admit my expectations were high because I thought the author would have a lot of material to work with when writing this historical fiction novel. While story got better towards the end, I real...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    1970-01-01
    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 fathe...
  • Chanel Cleeton
    1970-01-01
    The Kennedy Debutante is a vivid and engrossing portrayal of the fascinating life of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy. Maher offers a dazzling glimpse of London society filled with a rich, nuanced, and infamous cast of characters alongside a poignant depiction of the emotional cost of war. A stunning debut!
  • ✨Tamara
    1970-01-01
    "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 swe...
  • Kelley
    1970-01-01
    Novel received courtesy of publisher for reviewAs a child of the 60's, I've been in love with the Kennedy family my entire life. However, I didn't know about Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy at all. Kerri Maher did a great job of bringing this "forgotten" Kennedy girl to life. The story begins in 1939 with the Kennedy family ensconced in London. Joe Sr. is the Ambassador trying valiantly to keep England from war with Germany. Under this cloud, Kick makes ...
  • Cheryl
    1970-01-01
    In The Kennedy Debutante, author Kerri Maher writes a fictionalized account of the life of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy. Beginning in 1938 when Joseph Kennedy Sr. was appointed ambassador to England, Kathleen’s life changed in ways she could never have imagined. It seemed like a fairytale beginning for Kick.Kick’s experiences in London, and the friends she made there gave her an appreciation for the country she began to think of as home. It wa...
  • Joelle
    1970-01-01
    In Kerri Maher’s historical fiction debut, she seamlessly combines the real and imagined details of Kick Kennedy’s brief life in England. Kick Kennedy has largely been forgotten by history due to her short life and separation from her relatives. This glimpse into her young life was thoughtful and entertaining. The author adds her own imaginings to the public knowledge of Kick’s life events and relationships. I personally found her interacti...
  • Tammy
    1970-01-01
    I have always had a fascination with the Kennedy family and have read quite a few books on the men in the family but not a lot about the women. I was instantly pulled into Kathleen (Kick's) story. Kick lived a short life and although there was a lot of family pressure, she tended to follow her heart. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction and all things Kennedy. The Kennedy Debutante is a mesmerizing debut!
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    On the verge of WWII, Joe Kennedy Sr was appointed ambassador and moved to London with his wife, Rose, and their 9 children, Joseph Jr (Joe), John (Jack), Rosemary, Kathleen (Kick), Eunice, Patricia (Pat), Robert (Bobby), Jean, and Edward (Ted). The Kennedy Debutante focused on 18 year old Kathleen, who preferred to be called "Kick." Although Kick enjoys the debutante scene, she is also independent and somewhat rebellious in nature. After falling...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsKathleen "Kick" Kennedy is certainly not as widely known as several of her more famous siblings: brothers John, Bobby, and Teddy, or her sisters Jean, former American ambassador to Ireland for many years or Eunice, the founder of the Special Olympics (or brother Joe Jr. and sisters Rosemary and Pat), but I already knew Kick's story before picking up The Kennedy Debutante since I've read more than my share of fictional and biographical ac...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Anyone with a hunger for anything Kennedy will enjoy this dip into the most interesting years of young Kick Kennedy's life as a debutante. I recently read The Summer I Met Jack and The Kennedy Debutante was the first and only book since that has helped me quench my thirst for more stories of that era. I loved the endless details about aristocrats, parties, political and general historical based fiction. I found the parties, fashion and people del...
  • Jillian Doherty
    1970-01-01
    This beautiful historical fiction reads more like a biography! I never knew much about the Kennedy siblings, yet with this incredibly immersive novel Kick Kennedy, and all of her cohorts come vividly to life in a way I could never expected.From intimate religious contemplation, to years of filling reporting, to years of painfully unfulfilled love – Kick’s story is one of wartime, of the privileged gilded age, of family love, and city pride.Ki...
  • Tina Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr...**3.5 StarsI’ve never heard of Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy before running into this book. I was instantly intrigued and knew without a doubt that I wanted to learn more about Kick.The story opens on Presentation Day. Kick has been preparing for this day ever since moving to London two months prior. She can hardly wait to be presented in front of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.I love...
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    Lindas Book Obsession Review of "The Kennedy Debutante" by @Kerri Maher  Berkley Publishing Group October, 2018Kerri Maher, Author of "The Kennedy Debutante has vividly described the "Golden World" of the Kennedys in this enchanting, dramatic, romantic, endearing, captivating, intense and riveting novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, Fiction, Women's Fiction, with a touch of Romance. The timeline for this novel starts in Lond...
  • Thelma Fountain
    1970-01-01
    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book! In America the Kennedy family is the focus of a lot of attention but the Men in the family really seem to overshadow the women. I knew very little about Kathleen. I knew she was killed in a plane crash when she was fairly young but I really knew very little about her life. I also enjoyed learning more about their father as well. I knew he was the ambassador to England leading up...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    1970-01-01
    An interesting look into the life of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, sister to JFK - a woman I knew nothing about prior to this novel. It was nice to learn about her and her relationships (familial, personal & romantic) over her life, I felt that the story was just too long and a bit drawn out in places. There were parts that I did really enjoy but felt a lot could have been cut. If you like very detailed historic fiction, as I know many of you do, ...
  • Cheryl
    1970-01-01
    I liked this book. Instantly, I was transported back in time. Kick had a bit of a rebellious side to her. Billy had charm. Together they were good together. The way that this book is formatted into several different parts (Spring and Fall 1938, Summer 1941, Summer 1943, and Winter 1944) is nice. Reading this book, I could see the progression from the different seasons and times. While, the first couple of parts were nice; it was the later parts w...
  • Milena
    1970-01-01
    The Kennedy Debutante is a historical fiction novel set during WW2 about a lesser known Kennedy, Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy, one of JFK's younger sisters. I don't know a lot about the Kennedy clan beyond the obvious, and I never heard of Kick Kennedy before so I found the setting of the novel and events described in the book interesting. But I must say, overall, I found The Kennedy Debutante a little dry. There was a lot of conflict, drama, and hear...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    This is a great historical fiction of Kathleen, "Kick", Kennedy--focusing on her life in London beginning in 1938 as the Ambassador's daughter. While I am familiar with the black and white history of her life, I really enjoyed the details given this period of time. Kathleen is portrayed as the female counterpart of her older counterpart of her male brothers, Joe, Jr. and Jack in that she was not afraid to speak her mind, stand up for her convicti...
  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    1970-01-01
    Review to be posted on my blog
  • Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    Review coming soon
  • Lis Carey
    1970-01-01
    Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was the fourth child, and second daughter, of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. There were nine in all, and her siblings included Jack (President John F. Kennedy), Bobby (US Attorney-General, later Senator, Robert F. Kennedy), and Teddy (Senator Edward M. Kennedy.)All of which sounds very dry. Kick Kennedy died young enough that she's barely remembered today, but her short life was packed with big events during a significant time i...
  • MsArdychan
    1970-01-01
    Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.The Kennedy Debutante has all the elements of a sweeping romantic novel: a fiery heroine, a dashing young noble, and an almost impossible choice set among the backdrop of WWII. What makes this book even more compelling is that it's based on a true story. This is a truly enjoyable book of...
  • N.N. Light
    1970-01-01
    Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy is the second oldest daughter of Joseph Kennedy Sr. and Rose Kennedy. When her father gets appointed to be ambassador in England, she becomes the toast of British society. Anxious to escape the iron-fist of her mother, Rose, Kick finds freedom in the arms of Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire. When her family discovers her affair, they forbid her to pursue him. War breaks out and Kick is ripped from her be...
  • Lori Boyd
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Stars for this Beautifully written historical fiction about little know Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy. I went into this book not knowing anything about Kick or the Kennedy’s time in London when Joe Sr was Ambassador. The hard part, at least for me, of reading historical fiction about a family so larger than life, is remembering it’s mainly fiction, and open to the author’s interpretation. As we all know, the Kennedy’s are devout Catholi...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved this book. It is historical fiction, but also includes suspense and romance and all those things that just keep you turning the page. I read the book in 3 days as I just couldn’t put it down - and I'm more of a book per month person. Having lived in London for a few years, the details of all the locations felt so accurate I could visualize it as I was reading. The characters' development was great where I just felt connected ...
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to love this book but it was only a three star read for me. I felt like the majority of the plot revolved around Kick and Billy trying to reconcile between her Catholicism and his Anglicanism. I grew bored and like the middle section the best, when Billy was out of the picture. In addition, the ending seemed rushed and I would have liked for this book to have encompassed all of Kick Kennedy's short life.