Wednesday, October 3, 2018

REVIEW of The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Berkley Books

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 Devonshire. But 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 . . .

My Thoughts…

The Kennedy Debutante is the story of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy who is the sister of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.  I am sad to say that I didn’t even realize that these two amazing men had a sister named Kathleen.    Now that I am in the know, I realize that without her these two men may not have ended up as famous as they were,  she is powerful, she is smart, and she pushed her brothers, supported her brothers, and love her brothers with her entire heart.    Do not get confused, this is not a story of the Kennedy men.   This is the story of Kick Kennedy and the way she shaped the world around her.

I really wanted to Google Kathleen Kennedy, I needed to know more about her but I held out.  I waited and read every word Kerri Maher wrote and learned so much not only about Kick but about the world she lived in, the war that affected her, and the family that she loved so much.    I was amazed at how much she wanted to change the world.   She wasn’t going to be happy to just be a woman in the world.   She wanted to make it better, to be a force to be recognized and to blaze her own path.   I loved how supportive her dad was.   Joe Sr. never gave his entire permission, as that would have been going against her mother, but he encourages and even showed her the way to get what she wanted a few times.    Rose, Kick’s mother, supported her but she wanted to keep her close and have her follow in her footsteps being a good Catholic, a good mother, and a good wife.     

The Kennedy Debutante is on my best historical fiction of 2018.    I will recommend it over and over again.   
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