The Summer I Met Jack
New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between John F. Kennedy 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 pa...more
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 of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 reads ...more
On sale 5/22/18
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 ...more
The Kennedy’s are portrayed quite negatively and early on I tired of John F K ...more
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 ...more
*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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Michelle Gable, Author of “The Summer I Met Jack” writes an intriguing , unique and enjoyable novel. ” The Genres for this novel are Women’s Fiction and Fiction. The author uses her imagination to incorporate some historical facts to the fictional story. I especially like the concept of “What If”. The story is based on John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark.
The author describes the Kennedy family as c ...more
I am familiar with JFK's reputation, but I have never delved into the background of his family. About 4 chapters into The Summer I Met Jack, I went to ...more
Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know much about this particular generation of Kennedy’s besides my limited impression of a rich, powerful large family with many known reports of infidelity, and accusations of wrong doings. (I was much more interested in JFK, Jr, Caroline and Maria Shriver generations. I actually met JFK Jr while working at the Dep ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more