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The Kennedy debutante, Kerri Maher

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The Kennedy debutante
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The Kennedy debutante
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Kerri Maher
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eng
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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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  • 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 (Reviewed 9/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 1, p55)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/24/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 39, p)
  • In her debut, Maher follows the exploits of a young Kennedy daughter before and during World War II. In the 1930s, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy—one of the nine Kennedy children, including JFK—is taking London by storm as the daughter of the U.S. ambassador. As an American and an Irish Catholic, she's out of place in Protestant London. Still, Kick finds a group of friends who enjoy nothing more than partying every night as her father tries to convince everyone that entering into war with Hitler is unwise and unnecessary. Kick falls for Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire, although their different religions make it hard for her to imagine a future with him. When war inevitably breaks out, Kick and her family retreat to America, where Kick works in Washington as a secretary and then a journalist, desperately trying to get back to Billy as the world around them crumbles. Eventually, Kick is able to join the Red Cross and make her way back to London, but being reunited with Billy brings up hard choices. Is love worth giving up her religion, her family, and possibly her soul? Maher paints an immersive picture of America and London during wartime, full of remarkably vivid details—what people were eating, drinking, listening to, and wearing. Kick emerges as an immensely likable character, and casual readers and history buffs alike will love getting to know her. Her headstrong, lively personality propels the book forward even when it does get bogged down with slightly too much detail. Although Kick's life is often full of glamour and wealth, she also deals with more than her share of tragedy. Maher shows the true cost of war, both for those fighting and those left behind. A romantic and heartbreaking look at an often forgotten American figure. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2018)
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Maher, Kerri
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813/.6
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  • Kennedy, Kathleen
  • Kennedy family
  • Kennedy family
  • Kennedy, Kathleen
  • Socialites
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Americans
  • Catholics
  • Presidents
  • Americans
  • Aristocracy (Social class)
  • Catholics
  • Manners and customs
  • Presidents
  • Socialites
  • Great Britain
  • England
  • England
  • Great Britain
  • United States
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Biographical
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The Kennedy debutante, Kerri Maher
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on1019659027
Dimensions
23 cm
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First Edition.
Extent
viii, 374 pages
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9780451492043
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2017058776
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(OCoLC)1019659027
Label
The Kennedy debutante, Kerri Maher
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1019659027
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
viii, 374 pages
Isbn
9780451492043
Lccn
2017058776
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019659027

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