The Kennedy Debutante
A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's greatest political dynasties.
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...more
Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy has it all - the fame, the riches, the glory. Her life is so tied up in the Kennedy legacy, that she hardly knows where they end and she begins.
"I can see I'm going to have my hands full with you," he said.
"I'll see to it, sir."
And now, as she's entering her debutante years, Kick finally has a chance to become her own person, find her own love and (above all) escape from under her mother's thumb.
It was the first time in ages she had felt carried away by something, pa...more
I recently listened to an audiobook about Rosemary Kennedy, and ever since, my interest has been piqued about Kick Kennedy’s short life. Why didn’t I know more about her?
The Kennedy Debutante is Kick’s story. In 1930s London, Kick’s father is an ambassador in England, and she is a big time society girl. She has a yearning for a life of adventure, and with all her might, she works her way out of her strict mother’s grasp and into the arms of Billy Ha ...more
I absolutely loved this book and plan to recommend it to everyone I know. The Kennedy Debutante tells the story of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. As I began reading the book, I realized how little I knew about her or any of the lesser known siblings of these two famous men. Maher masterfully unveils Kick’s complex story interweaving details of her staunch Catholic upbringing, her desire to please her strict mother, the effects of her father’s f ...more
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Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy had it all. She was beautiful, the second daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and a life that was privileged where she wanted for very little. When her father was made Ambassador to the Royal Court of St James, Kick went to London with her family where she met a man she was to love and her life took a sad but inevitable turn.
In the novel, The Kennedy Debutante, we take a ...more
“Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you”
-- Old Friends / Bookends Theme, Simon & Garfunkel, Songwriters: Paul Simon
”It all seems like a beautiful dream. Thanks a lot, Daddy, for giving me one of the greatest experiences anyone could have had. I know it will have a great effect on everything I do from her in.”
--Kick Kennedy, 18 September 1939
A young Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy falls in love with London, the people and ...more
I was so excited to get my hands on an advance copy of this because Kathleen Kennedy led an interesting life not just because she was the second oldest daughter of Joe Sr. and Rose, but because she had to make some tough decisions in life. So I'll admit my expectations were high because I thought the author would have a lot of material to work with when writing this historical fiction novel. While story got better towards the end, I really struggled for a big portion of the book.
The Ken ...more
The Kennedy family makes for interesting story fodder, that's for sure. If nothing else, they provide a look into surviving multiple tragedies while maintaining a pretty charmed existence. Joe Sr. and Rose had nine children and tragedies befell five of them, six if you include Teddy's story that was mostly covered up. Then there was John Jr. and his wife, and I'm purposely leaving out the other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But it makes me wonder and marvel at their history.
I d ...more
As a child of the 60's, I've been in love with the Kennedy family my entire life. However, I didn't know about Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy at all. Kerri Maher did a great job of bringing this "forgotten" Kennedy girl to life. The story begins in 1939 with the Kennedy family ensconced in London. Joe Sr. is the Ambassador trying valiantly to keep England from war with Germany. Under this cloud, Kick makes her debut into society. Kick loves English society ...more
Kick’s experiences in London, and the friends she made there gave her an appreciation for the country she began to think of as home. It was during this time that she met her soulmate, Billy Hartin ...more
Kick Kennedy has largely been forgotten by history due to her short life and separation from her relatives. This glimpse into her young life was thoughtful and entertaining. The author adds her own imaginings to the public knowledge of Kick’s life events and relationships. I personally found her interactions with her older brothers and father to be some of the ...more
As with Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman, my experience of Kerri Maher’s The Kennedy Debutante was undermined by my familiarity with the subject matter and a very defined expectation regarding its fictionalization. My reading was also impacted by my admiration for Marius Gabriel’s interpretation of both Rose and Rosemary in The Ocean Liner.
Fair or not, I can only comment on my experiences and perspective so please ...more
To begin with, I was fairly familiar already with Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, as I read 2 biographies about her last year. (I am so intrigued by her life and choices, that I am anxious to read anything about her). I was very excited for this book to come out and was so happy to finally get my hands on a copy!
I was a bit disappointed initially that it jumped into her life while she was already in England, though. I had hoped for a bit earlier start (and a later finish at th ...more
So sad--when I googled Rosemary Kennedy, it said that when she died in 2005, she was the first child in that family to die of natural causes. Also sad that it mentioned that she stumbled at her debutante...the things people remember about you after you die.
As others have said, th ...more
Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy is certainly not as widely known as several of her more famous siblings: brothers John, Bobby, and Teddy, or her sisters Jean, former American ambassador to Ireland for many years or Eunice, the founder of the Special Olympics (or brother Joe Jr. and sisters Rosemary and Pat), but I already knew Kick's story before picking up The Kennedy Debutante since I've read more than my share of fictional and biographical accounts of the Kennedy clan over the decades. My Ke ...more
When we meet Kick (what a badass nickname) she is a fun-loving, witty and flirtatious girl of 18, who has just been “presented” to society. She goes to parties and shops, has many friends and catches the eye of many young English men as the fun American girl who loves to dance. The headline, “Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us!” comes to mind. Even though her “normal” is a bit different than everyone else, Kick likes to have fun with her girlfr ...more
I’ve never heard of Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy before running into this book. I was instantly intrigued and knew without a doubt that I wanted to learn more about Kick.
The story opens on Presentation Day. Kick has been preparing for this day ever since moving to London two months prior. She can hardly wait to be presented in front of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
I loved Kick Kennedy’s strength and enthusiasm. She is adv ...more
I live outside of Boston, MA, with my daughter and labradoodle (whose adventures I sometimes post on Instagram, along with many other writing themed posts).
I am the author of THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE and THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES, both of which you can see here. I am working on a novel called THE PARIS ...more