The Kennedy Debutante

The Kennedy Debutante

Large Print - 2018
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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.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2018.
Edition: Thorndike Press large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432856281
1432856286
Branch Call Number: F MAH
Characteristics: 625 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
large print (16 pt.), rda

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 29, 2019

I remember the first time I ever read anything about Kick Kennedy I thought, "This should be a novel!" And now such a novel exists at last. She had a really wild, fascinating life, in a way that does seem like it was designed for maximum dramatic effect, which makes for wonderful reading, although it's ultimately a fairly sad story. I was glad, for once, that I already knew a lot about her before reading this, because it made some of the late-in-the-book revelations a bit less of a gut punch, so if you're interested in reading this and don't know much about her life, have tissues handy.

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wengerc
Jan 26, 2019

The story matched with actual historic events. What a sad and tragic family, though.

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purplej99_0
Jan 02, 2019

How do I know when and where it will be to pick up? I have never put a book on hold and there seems to be no real instructions on how it works. Hopefully some one will call me and explain or text me at+15034757596. Would greatly appreciate it.

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darladoodles
Sep 17, 2018

We enter this book in 1939 as Kathleen (Kick) Kennedy is about to make her debut in English society as the daughter of the US Ambassador. The Catholic faith of this Irish American family is well-known and is a bit of a stumbling block for the British. Thus the stage is set for Kathleen's struggles when she falls in love with a Marquess who is also a staunch Protestant. Both Kathleen and Billy have duties to fulfill for their families and the religious preference in each family is an integral piece of those duties. Kick wrestles with her family expectations and whether the church's are equivalent. Is compromise possible? Will she lose her soul?

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