The Kennedy Debutante

Kerri Maher. Berkley, $26 (384p) ISBN 978-0-451-49204-3
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.)
Reviewed on: 09/24/2018
Release date: 10/02/2018
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 978-0-451-49206-7
Library Binding - 668 pages - 978-1-4328-5628-1
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-451-49205-0
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