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A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen Kick Kennedy the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's greatest political dynasties London The Kennedy eBook #223The 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 t I can see I m going to have my hands full with you he saidI ll see to it sir Kathleen Kick Kennedy has it all the fame the riches the glory Her life is so tied up in the Kennedy legacy that she hardly knows where they end and she begins And now as she s entering her debutante years Kick finally has a chance to become her own person find her own love and above all escape from under her mother s thumb It was the first time in ages she had felt carried away by something part of something that had nothing to do with her family and she loved it Kick falls in love with Londonand a certain Billy Hartington heir to the Duke of Devonshire Sohas he kissed you yetDeborah MitfordWhat You might be Catholic but you re not a nun But their love comes at a cost Kick is a devout Catholic and Billy is an eually devout Protestant And Kick s mother A whole other story I m not worried about God I m worried about Mother Rose Kick s mother puts all dragon mothers to shame she is nothing if not completely and utterly in control Any and all things Kennedy must first meet with her approval and her good Catholic daughter marrying a Protestant Heathen is definitely not on the list of pre approved Kennedy friendly things But think darling You don t want to ruin your excellent reputation Oh my gosh Kerri Maher really brought Kick Kennedy to life So often Kick is a mere footnote to the long extensive and outrageous Kennedy family history and I m really pleased with how Maher brought Kick out from the backgroundKick was spunky feisty and sweet The author did an excellent job with working Kick s faith into this story You don t have too many stories where the main character s religion plays such a strong and positive roleIn addition this book covers several years of Kick s life so we are really able to see her character and the others in this novel grow and develop I loved watching her grow from a spunky teen to a mature womanI do wish the Rosemary angle was expanded upon in this novel Rosemary Kick s older sister was always a little bit strange behavioral issues learning disability etcThis novel touched on what happened to Rosemary Yes you see your father s heard about a procedure that might help our dear Rosemary but we don t really see the reactions and turmoil of the other characters something that I think would really have enhanced the novelOverall really pleased with this one Loved the new take on the Kennedy family I know what love can be and I m not going to settle With thanks to Berkley Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest reviewAll uotes are from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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Ly 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 lov I inwardly cringe every time the Kennedy Family is portrayed as American royalty No no no Wealthy Yes Privileged Yes Powerful Without a doubt But I hate seeing them put on a pedestal Digging into the history and behavior of the Kennedy clan can be uite a disturbing experience One daughter lobotomized to avoid scandal and hidden away for the rest of her life Another dead in Europe before her time separated from her family because she defied her father Two sons shot to death One son getting away with murder after letting a girl drown in his car at Chappauiddick It s not a golden storybut a really dark and sad one And all for ambition power and greed Seems such a wasteAfter listening to an audio book about the life and lobotomizing of Rosemary Kennedy earlier this year I wanted to learn about her sister Kathleen Kick Kennedy so I snapped up this book Kick grew up in privilege enjoying Europe in the 1930 s when her father was an ambassador and becoming a bright beautiful debutante Much was expected of her by her parents They had ambitions for their family and expected Kick to tow the line She didn t She fell in love with an Englishman that her family did not approve of Kick defied her family choosing love over duty to her parents ambitions Her choices had conseuences Although I found the Kick s story disturbing and sad the book is well written and filled in some gaps in my knowledge of her life and experiences This is Kerri Maher s debut novel I will definitely be looking for by this new author This book was informative obviously well researched and very interesting I think I need to lay off books about the Kennedy family for awhile though It s just too muchwith nothing really hopeful or uplifting coming out of any of it Sad No reflection on Maher s book the book is excellent Great debut novel Just thoughts about the family and all the destruction that came in the wake of extreme ambition Power corrupts I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own

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H 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 DevonshireBut their love is forbidden as Kick's devout Catholic fami 35 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 really struggled for a big portion of the bookThe Kennedy family has moved to London in the late 1930s because Joe Sr has accepted the position of ambassador Kathleen aka Kick and her older sister Rosemary are introduced to London society and soon Kick meets Billy Hartington who is in line to be the next Duke of Devonshire While Kick and Billy fall in love they know their families will disapprove as the Kennedy family is Catholic and the Hartingtons are Protestant Kick is sent back to the United States because of the war but Billy is never far from her mind But will her family and religion get in the way of her happinessI think the biggest problem I had with the book was for a very long time I just had this empty feeling while reading Yes the author did a good job with injecting historical facts into the story but it felt like it came at the expense of good storytelling I just wish it hadn t taken so long before I felt an emotional connection to Kick For me the real heart of the story is in the last 100 pages or so as it felt like the focus was on what the characters were feeling rather than boring society stuff that was so present for most of the book I would recommend this book if you have an interest in the Kennedy family but if you are just looking for any historical fiction read I think there are compelling ones out thereThank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion


10 thoughts on “The Kennedy Debutante

  1. says:

    I can see I'm going to have my hands full with you he saidI'll see to it sir Kathleen Kick Kennedy has it all the fame the riches the glory Her life is so tied up in the Kennedy legacy that she hardly knows where they end and she begins And no

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    4 big stars to The Kennedy Debutante ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I recently listened to an audiobook about Rosemary Kennedy and ever since my interest has been piued about Kick Kennedy’s short life Why didn’t I know about her The Kennedy D

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    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

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    3 wished I had liked it starsMy reviews can be seen here Kick Kennedy had it all She was beautiful the second daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and a life that was privileged where she wanted for very little When her father was made Ambassador to the Royal Court of St James Kick went to London with her family where she met a man she was to love and her life took a sad but inevitable turnIn the novel The Kennedy Debutante we take a trip wi

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    35 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 t

  7. says:

    I inwardly cringe every time the Kennedy Family is portrayed as American royalty'' No no no Wealthy Yes Privileged Yes Powerful Without a doubt But I hate seeing them put on a pedestal Digging into the history and behavior of the Kennedy clan can be uite a disturbing experience One daughter lobotomized to avoid scandal an

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    Kathleen has it all money a comfortable life privilege and a high status all due to her family name Kathleen is a Kennedy When her

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    35 starsThe Kennedy family makes for interesting story fodder that's for sure If nothing else they provide a look into surviving multiple tragedies while maintaining a pretty charmed existence Joe Sr and Rose had nine children and tragedies befell five of them six if you include Teddy's story that was mostly covered up Th

  10. says:

    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