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The Kennedy debutante

by Maher, Kerri,

Format: Large Print 2018
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Large Print ON HOLDSHELF
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Collection  Large Print
London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarefied circles. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother, Kick is ready to strike out on her own.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Maher's absorbing debut traces six years in the life of Kathleen Kick Kennedy, the lesser-known sister of JFK and his other famous siblings. The novel opens in 1938 as 18-year-old Kick, living in London while her father is ambassador to Britain, makes her debut before the queen. Soon afterwards, she meets Billy Hartington, handsome heir to a dukedom and unfortunately for the devoutly Catholic Kick a staunch Protestant. The story follows the twists and turns of Kick and Billy's courtship, including the convincingly portrayed complications of a marriage between an Anglican and a Catholic, along with the buildup to the second World War and the complicated Kennedy-family dynamics. In Kick, Maher has created a likable, occasionally naïve heroine who will intrigue readers who might be unfamiliar with this member of the Kennedy clan. While the book's closing chapters will necessitate tissues, and readers familiar with Kick's fate will find the ending bittersweet, this is an engrossing tale of the importance of family, faith, and love in the life of one remarkable woman.--Martha Waters Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Maher's assured debut, set against the backdrop of World War II, explores the life of JFK's younger sister Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy. In 1938, 18-year-old Kick is new to London, where her father serves as the U.S. ambassador. Her natural charm and intelligence quickly draw a loyal group of friends as well as the attention of the future Duke of Devonshire, the charming Billy Hartington, but their incompatible religious beliefs prove to be a roadblock. Just before Germany's blitz on London, Kick's family is forced to flee to America, but she wholeheartedly seeks a way to marry Billy without compromising her faith or the support of her close-knit family. Maher ably captures the charmed life of the vivacious, multifaceted Kick, who is equally at home amid the glitz and glamour of the 1930s London party scene and providing comfort for wounded soldiers. This immersive, rich portrait of a complex young woman from one of the world's most famous families will hold readers in thrall. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Kennedy, Kathleen, -- 1920-1948 -- Fiction.
Kennedy family -- Fiction.
Socialites -- United States -- Fiction.
Aristocracy (Social class) -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Americans -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Catholics -- England -- Fiction.
Presidents -- United States -- Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich :2018
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Notes "Thorndike Press large print basic"--Title page verso.
Description 625 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781432856281
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