The Kennedy Debutante

The Kennedy Debutante

Book - 2018
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London, 1938. Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy moves in rarefied circles, rubbing elbows with some of the 20th century's most powerful figures. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother and the antics of her older brothers, Jack and Joe, 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, she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie - with family or with love.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780451492043
0451492048
Branch Call Number: FIC MAHER
Characteristics: viii, 374 pages

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 29, 2019

I remember the first time I ever read anything about Kick Kennedy I thought, "This should be a novel!" And now such a novel exists at last. She had a really wild, fascinating life, in a way that does seem like it was designed for maximum dramatic effect, which makes for wonderful reading, although it's ultimately a fairly sad story. I was glad, for once, that I already knew a lot about her before reading this, because it made some of the late-in-the-book revelations a bit less of a gut punch, so if you're interested in reading this and don't know much about her life, have tissues handy.

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wengerc
Jan 26, 2019

The story matched with actual historic events. What a sad and tragic family, though.

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purplej99_0
Jan 02, 2019

How do I know when and where it will be to pick up? I have never put a book on hold and there seems to be no real instructions on how it works. Hopefully some one will call me and explain or text me at+15034757596. Would greatly appreciate it.

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darladoodles
Sep 17, 2018

We enter this book in 1939 as Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy is about to make her debut in English society as the daughter of the US Ambassador. The Catholic faith of this Irish American family is well-known and is a bit of a stumbling block for the British. Thus the stage is set for Kathleen's struggles when she falls in love with a Marquess who is also a staunch Protestant. Both Kathleen and Billy have duties to fulfill for their families and the religious preference in each family is an integral piece of those duties. Kick wrestles with her family expectations and whether the church's are equivalent. Is compromise possible? Will she lose her soul?

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