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The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher – Book Review

37969770Goodreads blurb: 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 . . .

“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.”


When we meet Kick (what a badass nickname) she is a fun-loving, witty and flirtatious girl of 18, who has just been “presented” to society. She goes to parties and shops, has many friends and catches the eye of many young English men as the fun American girl who loves to dance. The headline, “Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us!” comes to mind. Even though her “normal” is a bit different than everyone else, Kick likes to have fun with her girlfriends and crush on handsome young men. She has her own political opinions (that sometimes differ from her fathers) and wishes her voice to be heard. As Kick falls in love and moves back to America, she desperately searches for her place of independence while still holding strong to her Kennedy family beliefs and her devout Catholic upbringing. I absolutely loved her. She had an amazing will power and a kind heart. She loved her family and her religion and stood up for what she believed in. An absolute amazing woman!!

The only negative some might say is that the book is around 375 pages and absolutely chocked full of information. It covers 6 years so there are many events to cover, and while I enjoyed watching the many transformations that take place, I could see how some might feel the story to move a bit slow. I didn’t mind one bit and always looked forward to reading.

I’m giving 4 stars and recommending this to any historical fiction or Kennedy family fan! Get your copy of The Kennedy Debutante here and fall in love with Kick, just as I did! MANY many thanks to Berkley Pub for my free finished copy in exchange for my honest review!

Happy Reading!



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