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The Kennedy debutante

by Maher, Kerri,

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"A riveting novel following the exploits of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, the little known and rebellious daughter of America's royal family. London, 1938. Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy has already taken England by storm, when she is presented to the king and queen. The effervescent It Girl of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kick moves in rarified circles--dancing and drinking champagne at the hottest nightclubs and attending the horse races with nobility. One such acquaintance is Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire. Though initially reticent, the tall, handsome man sweeps Kick off her feet, but the obstacles to their love are many. Kick is a self-proclaimed triple threat--American, Catholic, and of Irish descent--all unacceptable to such a traditional family as Billy's. And as WWII looms, she is ripped away from the country she has grown to love and the man who has stolen her heart. Returning to the States, Kick throws herself into making a difference. Becoming a journalist gives her a voice--and a chance to step out of the shadows of her accomplished brothers, including the charismatic Jack. Then as America is drawn into the war, Kick will discover where her true loyalties lie--with family or with love.."--
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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."

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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
Historical Fiction
Great Britain Social life and customs 20th century Fiction.
Electronic books.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
20th century
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Publishing Group2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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ISBN 9780451492067
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