Review: The Kennedy Debutante
Title: The Kennedy Debutante
Author: Kerri Maher
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 . . .
My Review: This story was fascinating and pulled me into London in the late 1930’s. I have never learned much about the Kennedy’s and had never heard of “Kick” Kennedy before but I enjoyed the authors portrayal of her life. I loved the how much of a strong, opinionated woman Kick turned out to be. I also found the author’s descriptions of London society and fashion to be really fun. While I enjoyed the story very much it dragged a bit at the end. I would still recommend it to anyone whose interested in historical fiction and the Kennedys.
About the author
Kerri Maher is also the author of This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World under the name Kerri Majors. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. For many years a professor of writing, she now writes full time and lives with her daughter in Massachusetts where apple picking and long walks in the woods are especially fine.
*I received this book from Berkley Publishing in exchange for an honest review*