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New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark - and the child they may have had.

Based on a real story - in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the
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Hardcover, 515 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Sally taylor I saw Michelle Gable at a book talk and signing in Cuyahoga County Ohio. The one thing that impressed me the most was the amount of research she did. …moreI saw Michelle Gable at a book talk and signing in Cuyahoga County Ohio. The one thing that impressed me the most was the amount of research she did. She even gave us bookmarks explaining what was "fact" and what was "fiction" in the book. I can not guarantee it, but from her talk I bet she did a TON of research on Bobbi and had good reasons for portraying him that way. (less)

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Deanna
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs
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4.5 Stars!

This is the first novel I’ve read from Michelle Gable. The first line of the book blurb:

“New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark - and the child they may have had.”

I was intrigued. The fact that this is based on the real-life romance between Jack Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark is fascinating.

Alica Darr (formerly Barbara Kopczysnka), came to America in hopes
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Michelle
Launching 5/22/2018

THE SUMMER I MET JACK is my fourth book and I'm still recovering from writing it!

Yes, it is that Jack, and yes, it's based on a true story. The wealthy Alicia Corning Clark died in New York, in 2016, at the stated age of 79 but she lied about her age constantly and apparently even in death. Her estate and wills were in a state of bedlam so attorneys tried to track down possible heirs. She didn't have any children...or did she?

Alicia, a Jewish refugee from Poland, had a romanc
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Elyse  Walters
Thanks to my long time great friend - Lisi...
I read this because she gave it 5 stars.

3 stars for me - But it was interesting...
...about a Polish refugee woman in Jack Kennedy’s life - starting in the 1950s… Before Kennedy was President.
I had never heard of Alicia Corning... apparently Jack Kennedy‘s first love.

I’m not a person who follows the history and drama on the Kennedy’s lives....
But I thought this might be a great story for what it was... and that’s about it...
a ‘fair’ story for what it
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Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
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When I first heard about this book, I was very excited because I had read Michelle Gable’s I’ll See you in Paris and already knew I liked her writing. Like many Americans, I’ve always been drawn to glamour and glitz as well as the drama and tragedy of the Kennedy family. I somehow had it in my head that this was going to be a very Kennedy-centric book detailing one of his many affairs. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was muc
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Bkwmlee
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
For me, this book was a huge disappointment and while I wouldn’t say that I regretted reading it, I do wish that I had stood my ground a bit more in terms of not accepting widgets for books that I wasn’t tremendously interested in reading. Of course, I already knew going into this book that it would be a story about the Kennedy family (albeit a fictional story), more specifically about JFK and the love affair he supposedly had with a woman named Alicia Corning Clark (Alicia Darr for most of the ...more
Stacey
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 The unexpected pleasure of going into a book blind is so rewarding. The Summer I Met Jack is pure pleasure as I’m whisked away to the 1950’s. The story shifts from the 1950’s to present day which kept me intrigued and reading on to find out how the two intersect.

Barbara Kopczysnka is an immigrant from Poland. She changes her name to Alicia Darr to assimilate and appear more American. She soon finds employment at the house of the Kennedy’s as a maid. Yes, ‘the’ Kennedy’s. She is also selling
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Jamie Rosenblit
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I loved this book! Let me preface by saying, I am really not the biggest historical fiction person, even when I love a book that’s historical, it usually takes me a bit to really pick up the pace. The Summer I Met Jack was really an exception here, I was hooked from page 1 and I stayed up hours past my usual bedtime to devour every last word. There was no hope of sleep, I had to see how Alicia’s story would play out. I’ve always been intrigued by JFK and the Kennedys, which is why I sought this ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
I am placing this one on the DNF shelf. I do remember Kennedy and the memories I have are ones of respect and thinking of him as a hero. I was in fourth grade when he was assassinated and I will never forget what that did to all of us. I am sorry that this book to me has blemished that memory and I can't continue to read a book that I believe takes that awe he inspired away in so many away. I am sure that a lot of what the author wrote is true, but I would rather keep my childhood memory in tact ...more
Darlene
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great piece of historical fiction about the Kennedy clan. I enjoyed it!
Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)
I have always been obsessed with the Kennedy's. The Summer I Met Jack fed my obsession and I had a hard time putting it down. Michelle Gable did an amazing job researching! I ended up falling down a Kennedy rabbit hole after reading this book and different accounts of Alicia Darr's life. This book is fiction but is based on real life people and events. Loved it! ...more
Sue
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michelle has taken on the daunting task of telling a story about the Kennedy family. Everyone of a certain age feels like they know all there is to know about the Kennedys so what could she possibly write about. Boy oh boy, does she show the doubters. She tells the story about a woman who had an affair with JFK in the late 50s who could have changed history. She was someone that I had never heard of and the author's research into the family is so good that I learned more about them than I had ev ...more
Martie Nees Record
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date: May 29, 2018

The book’s blurb reads, “Based on a real story - in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America.” The family is the Kennedys. Of course, the Jack in the title is a young Jack Kennedy. I was disappointed in this book, but it may be my own fault. I thought I was reading historical fiction and not women’s fiction. The story read
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Tracy
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! Whoo-hooo!!

This is my third book by this author and I did enjoy it. I would love to know more about what is real and what is fiction. I realize the little details can't all be real, but I believe the author was very meticulous about her research and you feel that in the story.

A lot of people are fascinated by the Kennedy family and this is just another piece of that puzzle! A not well known tale which makes it even more fascinating and how it all ended
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Patricia
I really enjoyed reading me uncorrected copy of THE SUMMER I MEET JACK which is a fictionalized account of the life of Alicia Darr. This novel primarily take place in the 1950's and 60's. Alicia had quite an interesting life. Originally from Poland, Alicia meets JFK while living and working on the east coast. Next, Hollywood, and a ton of names are dropped along the way! If you are looking for an entertaining read, look no farther. I received this book for an honest review.
On sale 5/22/18
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Karen R
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel incorporating an unlikely romance between a poor Polish immigrant and America’s 35th President JFK was a page-turner. It often had me pausing to wonder what was truth and what was fiction. I read the book in just a few days and it piqued my interest to learn more about the real Alicia Corning Clark. The character on which she is based truly comes to life; Alicia’s strength of spirit and culture shine through.

The Kennedy’s are portrayed quite negatively and early on I tired of John F K
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Sharlene
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at the Kennedy family, Jack and Alicia Corning Clark. Could not put this one down. Amazing attention to details.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Barbara, now Alicia Darr, has left Poland and arrives in the USA with many hopes and dreams in the 1950s. She rooms with another immigrant, Irenka, and they become fast friends. Irenka takes a job on the East Coast working as a maid in the affluent town of Hyannisport for the famous Kennedy family. Alicia follows Irenka to the Hyannisport and through Irenka she meets Jack along with the whole Kennedy clan. She is enamored with the family, but especially Jack's charm and larger than life attitude ...more
Christina Boodhan Juras
2 stars, only because the second half of this book was better (more interesting) than the first half. I disliked Alicia Darr Purdom Corning Clark, or the author's portrayal of her, especially for her audacity and her self-centered nature. I also don't believe for a minute that any man gushes directly to a woman that she's gorgeous or a "pretty thing" - ugh, gag! There is no way that this woman could have easily schmoozed and made friends with American royalty regardless of her motivations, espec ...more
The Lit Bitch
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most people know who John F Kennedy was and can probably name a fact or two about him. President. First Catholic president. Assassinated president. Democrat. Bostonian. War hero. Hyannisport yachtsman. Rich Playboy. Womanizer.

I think it’s safe to say that he is one of the most recognizable presidents in modern memory. For me personally I am not a huge fan of the post war America time period but I was intrigued by this novel. Though I know quite a bit about JFK in a professional sense–I am more i
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Amber
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy.

I’ve always been fascinated with the Kennedys and the crazy appeal they hold in our culture, so this book was everything I could’ve hoped for. It was a delicious mix of scandal and survival and romance, and it succeeded in making my curiosity grow. I loved Alicia’s spunk and was completely immersed in the time period and setting.
Pam Jenoff
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exciting and little-known tale about a beautiful Polish refugee who comes to America and works for the Kennedy family. She finds herself drawn into a passionate relationship with a young JFK with costs and repercussions that echo through the decades.
Kristin (Always With a Book)
Full review to be posted on blog.

*Loved this book - so engaging, very readable, very interesting!
*Knew nothing about Alicia prior to reading this...but found her to be such a fascinating person.
*Whole time I was reading, kept asking myself - was this true, did this really happen - but refrained from checking Wikipedia - wanted to enjoy book for what it was - so glad I did!
*Book is definitely about romance between Jack & Alicia, but it's also so much more than just that.
*I definitely plan on read
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Katie B
First of all, it is important to note this a historical fiction book based on a Polish refugee who came to America and worked as a maid in the home of the Kennedy family in Hynnaisport, Massachusetts. Alicia Corning Clark claimed to have an affair with JFK and this book imagines what might have taken place and what would have happened if their romance produced a child.

You don't have to be a big fan of the Kennedy family to enjoy this book because if anything it doesn't paint them in the best li
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Jennifer
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What is it about the Kennedy clan that still pulls us in? I don’t know about you but there’s a mild obsession with them on my part. The Summer I Met Jack explores the early Kennedys — the pre-president JFK — the Jack that was shouldering the dreams of his father and family since the heir apparent died in WW2.

Jack meets Alicia Darr, an European refugee, in 1951 in Hyannisport. She is drawn into the orbit of the Kennedy clan and Jack, in his own way, did love her....... Gable has written a wonder
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Lynn
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
The is an historical fiction about Alicia Darr Corning Clark who supposedly was engaged to JFK at one time. Allegedly, Joe Kennedy refused to allow Jack to marry her because she was an immigrant who was born Jewish, and this would hurt his political ambitions for Jack. So Alicia takes off for Hollywood to make a name for herself. According to this book, Alicia and Jack hooked up several times over the years, even after he married Jacqueline Bouvier. Shocking, I know. Alicia marrieds a couple of ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
Quite a fascinating little story. I read most of this while on a Florida beach. A perfect vacation read for summer 2018. 4 stars!

Alicia falls in love with Jack Kennedy one summer where she meets him selling popcorn at a movie theater. He's a flirt. She is smitten. It's fun and engaging. I am not sure how much of it all is true. Gable did a lot of research and it is a great story, even if some of it is fabricated.

I thought it well written and easy to read. There is a lot in here about the Kenned
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Marisa
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First I want to congratulate the author on the extensive amount of research she did to bring this novel to life. As a reader I appreciate it.

Secondly this novel was great. The Kennedy family has always been a family with a mysterious hold on the American people. In an era where handsome faces and beautiful women entertained us money above all talked. The Kennedys are nasty people!

I loved Alicia. She was a person who had to lie to survive. And she did so gracefully and advantageously. It saddene
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Susan (LoftNine)
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Based on the Kennedy family’s maid and her affair with JFK, and then some, this story was full of everything I needed for a cold winters read. Full of glitz, name dropping, and multiple celebrity affairs ... who would’ve guessed that it was based on reality! From Hyannisport to Hollywood, it was an excellent read that kept me with my nose buried in the book and not wanting to put it down. A definite must read for every Kennedy fan! **I received this as an ARC giveaway from Goodreads.**
Amanda
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book is full of the glitz and glamour of the stars of the time, and the dark underbelly of the Kennedy clan. But it also has a touch of my favorite period of historical fiction, the stories of girls/women of WWII. I could have kept reading about the life of Alicia for so much longer and sort of wish it had been kept at its original epic length.
Ellen
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I loved Gable’s previous books, but really forced myself to finish this one. The portrayal of Alicia Darr as JFK’s lover seemed to focus on the worst qualities of both people. The characters were unlikeable, and although I am sure based on a lot of research, focused on a lot of gossip and Hollywood name dropping. Not recommended.
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Michelle Gable is the New York Times Bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, THE BOOK OF SUMMER, and THE SUMMER I MET JACK.

Michelle grew up in San Diego and attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, as most aspiring writers do. After a twenty-year career in finance, Michelle now writes full-time. She lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, wi
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