I've long had an interest with the Kennedy family and this book about
Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was one that I had been looking forward to
reading for a long time. Kick, the next oldest daughter of Joe and Rose
Kennedy is one of the lesser known Kennedys. Her life and death have
been overshadowed by her famous brothers. Kick's life was cut short,
but she managed much during her short life. However, much came at a
great cost. In the 1930s, her father Joe was the ambassador in London
and Kick loved her life there. She had great friends and she also met
the love of her life Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire. But,
Kick came from a devout Catholic family and Billy was Protestant.
Neither could compromise their faith. She would lose her family and his
family would never accept that Billy converted nor that their future
children would be raised Catholics. And, then England is drawn into
WW2 in the middle of this emotional turmoil. Will they ever be
THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE is a
story about a love that burns brightly, despite all the obstacles Kick and
Billy had to face. It's perhaps hard to understand the turmoil Kick and
Billy went through. So what that they were Catholic and Protestant?
But, the Kennedy family was staunchly Catholic, so according to the
church, Kick would not only lose her soul but her family if she
converted. The religious theme is a very important part of this book. If
Billy had been an ordinary man, he perhaps would not have had a
problem with converting. But, as an heir to the Duke, could he not.
Much of the time in the book they are fighting for a future together.
I quite enjoyed reading this book, and I especially loved reading about
Kick, Joe Jr., and Jack. They had such a close bond. I was a bit
surprised by the positive image of Joe Sr. in this book. I've always
gotten the impression that he was a bit of ruthless person, both in
business and at home. This wasn't an image I got from this book.
However, his treatment of his daughter Rosemary did show how little he
listened to the women in his family.
I did wish that the last four years of Kick life had been included in the
story. The ending was good, but I felt that the story was not quite
finished. There were so much more to come in Kick's life and I would
have loved to read about it. THE
KENNEDY DEBUTANTE is a really good historical fiction that
definitely should be read if you are interested in the Kennedy family or
is just a historical fiction fan.
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 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 . . .