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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, with 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 . . .
I had barely heard of Kathleen Kennedy before reading this book and I realized that I didn’t really know much about any of the Kennedys, except Jack. In this book, Kerri Maher weaves details about all the siblings as well as some interesting insight into “Kicks” friendship with Deborah Mitford. Kick’s story is fascinating and she was a beautiful, brave woman who grows up during a very difficult time in history with a high profile family. This is actually the first of two books I have read in the last couple of months about the Kennedys and I think I may have found a new obsession! I would recommend this whether you are a fan of historical fiction or not as it is an interesting story of a strong woman that would appeal to many!