My mother grew up in Boston and our family was Catholic. This was the 1960’s, so everything was Kennedy … America’s Royal family. I grew up listening to her discuss the power, politics and the infamous “Kennedy curse.” I’m still intrigued by all things Kennedy.
Kerri Maher’s book, THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE (BerkleyPublishing) is a moving historical novel about one of the members of the Kennedy family not often focused on. It is Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy’s “forbidden” love story. It takes readers on a journey from pre-WWII to during the height of the war, traveling from America through all of Europe.
Patriarch, Joseph, matriarch, Rose and their nine children, Joe, Jr., Jack, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Pat, Bobby, Jean and Teddy lived in England at the Ambassador’s residence, 14 Prince’s Gate. Joseph and Rose made sure everything was done for the greater good of God and the Catholic church. But Kathleen “Kick” had an independent streak in her leading her away from Kennedy norms. “Kick” shocks her family by falling in love with a Protestant and making the tabloids for her behavior.
Maher tells a full story of America and London during WWII, full of details you can feel and see – what people were eating, drinking, listening to, and wearing. Kick is an likable character, and I loved getting to know her. Her life is full of wealth, glamour and partying … she also deals with her share of the “Kennedy curse.”
THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE is a wonderful book that tells the full story of a member of the Kennedy clan, often overlooked.
Hi! So great to meet you here. If you’ve followed me from my old site, thank you. If you’ve just found my page, welcome. My debut novel, The Kennedy Debutante, will be out with Berkley on October 2, 2018! I am just over the moon and so, so grateful to my fabulous agent Margaret O’Connor of Innisfree Literary for making my novel dreams come true. I am also the author of This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World (Writer’s Digest Books), and the Founder of YARN, both under the name Kerri Majors.
If you’re into social media, I’m most active on Instagram, as kerrimaherwriter. Please follow me there, and on Facebook. I’ll post about my life, books, and the things that interest me–like the writing life, strong women coming into their own, and chocolate.
And in case you’ve been following me here from the beginning, The Kennedy Debutante is not a YA novel, but Kick is 18 when the novel begins, and I’m certain that YA devotees will really appreciate her story of love and loss, and her quest for independence.
To use the sage word of one of my writing heroes Elizabeth Gilbert, Onward.
Thanks to Berkley Publishing, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about the Kennedys.
We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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