THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE by Kerri Maher & Giveaway


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.



About Kerri Maher

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.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

33 thoughts on “THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE by Kerri Maher & Giveaway

  1. Since I grew up in Massachusetts and my parents later retired on Cape Cod, the Kennedys were an iconic family that was often in the news both socially and politically.

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  2. I was 10 years old and in school the day the president was shot. I remember the announcement in school. I remember coming home and my mom crying. I remember watching the footage on tv playing over and over again. At 10 years of age I was very sad.

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  3. I don’t know much about them except for the President getting shot and I think another Kennedy did also ?They have had a lot of tragedies in their Family
    This Book looks good, Thank You for the chance 😊🍯🐝😊

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  4. i mainly know that they have suffered great tragedies. i have been intrigued by a few of them; either the family member or spouse.


  5. The Kennedy’s rich and powerful but also had so many tragic things happen to them. I have always been fascinated by them. This book sounds very intriguing. Thank you for the chance.

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  6. I’ve always read articles regarding the Kennedys. My main focus has been on Jacqueline and her children. They’ve endured much tragedy but at the same time have done much wonderful things for their communities.

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  7. The Kennedy’s were before my time, but I’m always drawn to their stories. I know some of the story, and about the family curse, and would love to see the authors take on the story.

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  8. I remember collecting the Kennedy cards that came in bubble gum packages. I must have had at least a 100 of them, and my sisters and I would trade duplicate cards with each other and our cousins. My family was also Catholic and we were so excited when President Kennedy, Jackie, Caroline, and John-John went to the White House. Caroline and I were born on the same day, too, although I’m a couple years older. When my school announced that President Kennedy had been shot, I felt like my world shattered. My parents couldn’t get me away from the TV for days. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT READING: THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE! !

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  9. I have always been interested in the Kennedy family, and recently read the story of Rosemary which shocked me! I would love to be able to read more about the family! I will never forget when JFK Jr.’s plane went down and waiting/hoping for his plane tickets be found.

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  10. I’ve been enthralled by the Kennedy’s ever since I was 7 years old and JFK was assasinated. The television was full of coverage of everything Kennedy and I was mesmerized.

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  11. The Kennedy’s have always been interesting to me. I remember doing a school project about Jackie Kennedy when she was a First Lady and then a couple years later doing another school project about JFK and his assassination. So sad what happened to him.

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  12. The Kennedy’s were before my time, but my mom talks to me about them all the time. They are very intriguing to me.


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