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Kick: The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth By Paula Byrne,

  • Title: Kick: The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
  • Author: Paula Byrne
  • ISBN: 9780062296276
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional and nearly forgotten young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love.Encouraged to be winners from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy s children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome AmericFilled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional and nearly forgotten young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy, and would break with her family for love.Encouraged to be winners from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy s children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts.Moving across the Atlantic when her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick the nicest Kennedy quickly became the family s star Despite making little effort to fit into British high society, she charmed everyone from the beau monde to Fleet Street with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor Growing increasingly independent, Kick would also shock and alienate her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti Catholic family William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth But the marriage would last only a few months Billy was killed in combat in 1944, just four years before Kick s own unexpected death in an airplane crash at twenty eight.Paula Byrne recounts this remarkable young woman s life in detail as never before, from her work at the Washington Times Herald and volunteerism for the Red Cross in wartime England to her love of politics and astute, opinionated observations to her decision to renounce her faith for the man she loved Sympathetic and compelling, Kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family s history.
    Kick The True Story of JFK s Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight the biography of the vivacious unconventional and nearly forgotten young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristo

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    1. Kick by Paula Byrne is a 2016 Harper publication I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Does the fascination with the Kennedy s ever really fade This larger than life family, is remembered for their unprecedented success and mark on our country and our lives, but they are also remembered for the heart wrenching tragedies the family has endured This book is about Kathleen Kick Kennedy, the fourth Kennedy child, whose life ended abruptly, [...]

    2. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.I ve been to Dealey Plaza and toured The Sixth Floor Museum, but my most interesting experience with Kennedy family history took place in a quiet English cemetery I was visiting my cousins and we d pulled over to discuss where to go after walking the grounds at Chatsworth My sister and I weren t part of the conversation, so while the powers that be worked out a game plan, we opted to take a closer look at a nearby church As we approached the bu [...]

    3. 3.5 stars I m not a great reader of non fiction and tend to shy away from it Unfortunately the first book club pick of the year was the story of Kathleen Kennedy Kick as she was known , the fourth Kennedy child What actually drew me into this book was the blurb on the front cover saying she was the heir to Chatsworth House, somewhere I m very familiar with, having been many times as it was only about an hours drive away from where we lived in Sheffield I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Ke [...]

    4. I ve read heaps about the Kennedy family but of course not much about Kick So it was interesting to learn about her Hoping to remedy the same issue with Rosemary as well I always found it quite fascinating that we kept her over here in the UK and, reading this we learn just how popular she was over here She had a lot of very eligible men falling at her feet yet I always thought Eunice was the most pretty Kennedy daughter, though also the most religious It was interesting reading all the minutia [...]

    5. Highly enjoyable biography of Kathleen Kick Kennedy, fourth of the nine Kennedy kids There is a decent amount of material on the early life and marriage of the Kennedy matriarch and patriarch as well I loved reading and learning about the Kennedy s, and Kick and all the things she was involved in and her funny with others She saw and lived through a lot in her young life I think it s a great starting place for information on Kick There wasn t as much as I would have liked on her after Billy died [...]

    6. KICK THE TRUE STORY OF JFK S SISTER AND THE HEIR TO CHATSWORTHWritten by Paula Byrne JULY 5, 2016 352 PagesHarperGenre biographies, american, women I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS in exchange for an honest review 3 STARSKick is Kathleen Kennedye sister of John F Kennedy and Robert F Kennedye daughter of Rose and Joe Kennedy I respect Byrne s research for this book and learning about Kathleen Kennedy Yet, this book seems about everyone around her with few of her stories sprinkled throughou [...]

    7. Another exciting fascinating and exceptionally written and researched Kennedy book Kick The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth authored by British biographer Paula Byrne, reveals new details about a favorite Kennedy daughter and beloved sister of JFK Kathleen Agnes Kick Kennedy Cavendish 1920 1948.As a youth, Kick remained obedient, chaste, devoted to the Irish Catholic faith with her large family, closely supervised by Rose Her brother s followed the g [...]

    8. The early chapters, i believe, are meant, in some way to convince us that the Kennedy family is in some way special That their closeness their drivenness , competitiveness is extraordinary.But the examples we are provided just lead to the conclusion that, if anything, given their tremendous wealth and grotesquely out of proportion opportunities, they ended up rather mediocre.The author spends many, way too many words, on Rose s devotion, her faith really her fraudulent marriage knowing full well [...]

    9. It seems to be the time for books about the Kennedy sisters Recently, Rosemary The Hidden Daughter by Kate Clifford Lawson was published and now Paula Byrne s Kick, about Kathleen Kennedy is on the shelves.Not much has been written about Kathleen, the fourth child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, better known as Kick She, Joe Jr and Jack were thick as thieves growing up together When Joseph Kennedy was named U.S Ambassador to England, Kick began to blossom.She loved their time in England and when WWI [...]

    10. Kick Kennedy was JFK s favourite sister and this is her story She was a bright light in her own right Bubbly,vivacious, popular, clever, caring, she certainly made quite an impact on those who knew her Before reading this biography I knew very little about her She lived life fully, was an asset to the Kennedys and would probably have been as famous as her brother She made England her home and against much opposition married an English Lord from one of the most affluent families in England at the [...]

    11. I have read three books this summer about Kathleen Kathleen by Leaming, That Kennedy Girl by DeMaria and this account This book was the best of all three Byrne s research produced a thorough history of her short life The book confirms what we all know a that Rose Kennedy was a selfish , narrow minded woman who cared about how her family was perceived than the children s needs and happiness and b that her father worshipped the almighty dollar but did care for his kids than Rose did This is a wo [...]

    12. I don t know which Kick Kennedy biography I prefer, this one or Barbara Leaming s It s kind of wonderful that after decades without much being written about her life, two biographies got published in the same year.While reading the first few chapters, I thought that I would wind up liking this one far because I so appreciated that it started from Kick s birth The Leaming biography began with Kick landing in England in her late teens I can t even recall if it mentioned that Kick had been there b [...]

    13. I ve never been a fan or follower of the Kennedy s but you can t be an American and not be totally ignorant of the dynasty I knew the least about Kathleen Kick Kennedy and I like biographies and saw this at the library and decided to give it a go I m glad I did It s quite sobering and it made me think a lot about Jack Kennedy John F of whom I ve always had a negative impression Frankly, I have held a less than robust opinion of most of the Kennedy s because I hold ethics and morality in high es [...]

    14. As I ve stated before I am a proud Kennedyophile not a word I know I find this family endlessly fascinating will read anything about them Kathleen Kennedy aka Kick was the 4th born second born daughter She died in 1948 in plane crash the second Kennedy death but as you know not the last Hundreds of books have been written about this family but most focus on The Big Four John, Jackie, Robert, Ted Until recently the rest of the family were footnotes I hope writers will focus in the future on the [...]

    15. Byrne s biography of President Kennedy s adventurous and closest sister is heavily foot noted but that does not make it any less biased The author is apparently enraptured by the Kennedy daughter who is most known as a rebel and socialite, all the while living off of her father s money If Byrne is to be believed Kick played a part in her own tragic death at the age of twenty eight While entertaining, the young woman comes off as a spoiled, rich girl.

    16. Please forgive me if there are typo s, it s last and I m writing this on the iPad I am very glad I read this book It was wonderfully written and has only further fueled my love of all things Mitford Cavendish But that s not what it was about, it was about the golden Kennedy girl While this book was wonderfully written, and I was given a glimpse into her life I just don t feel a connection Perhaps my opinion has been tainted from previous snippets of information about the family s to but I still [...]

    17. Read this book in bits and pieces, a chapter or two here and there It was very well researched Byrne says she had access to the Kennedy family papers as well as the Devonshires and she made excellent use of them.Kathleen Kennedy, aka Kick, was the free spirited kind of woman embodied by Katherine Hepburn in many of her roles Privileged and yet sheltered up to a point, dutiful and devout but with a desire to live and love that was so powerful it burst through propriety The book not only gives the [...]

    18. I received an uncorrected proof copy of this biography from HarperCollins This work of non fiction covers the tragically short life of Kathleen Kick Kennedy, one of the nine children of Joe Kennedy and sister of John F Kennedy Kathleen, although the second born daughter, assumed the role of oldest girl, as Rosemary, her older sister was born slow Kick was vivacious and able to charm everyone who knew her throughout her life Raised in the rambunctious and competitive Kennedy household, she could [...]

    19. This very detailed biography of JFK s sister Kathleen was well written and was also a good account of the WWII era, both in Britain and the US The Kennedy clan is fascinating, and I knew little about Kick , the vivacious younger sister of young Joe, Jack and mentally challenged Rosemary There was enough interesting detail in the book that I read it to the end it was amazing how rich a life this young woman had, despite its short duration.

    20. Charming and well written account of Kathleen Kennedy s very short but very full life, easy to read and insightful, telling of her love of London and the struggle to find a way to marry the love of her life Billy, both from different religious backgrounds, it proved an almost impossibility Tragedy is to strike however as we know but it s been lovely to find out about this effervescent and much loved young Kennedy lady.

    21. I really enjoyed this book, I never knew about this sister of JFK and what a tragic short life she had A very interesting perspective on the whole Kennedy clan.

    22. Having read about the Cavendish family, and also about the family of Wentworth Woodhouse in Black Diamonds Kick Kennedy was a recurring name Intrigued I was determined to find out about this member of the Kennedy family.Through the book, I certainly did learn about the life and character of this Kennedy girl Bryne explores the various stages of Kick s adventures without sycophancy or any evident bias Or perhaps I found myself enamoured with the vivacious character that was presented and report [...]

    23. Another exciting fascinating and exceptionally written and researched Kennedy book Kick The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth authored by British biographer Paula Byrne, reveals new details about a favorite Kennedy daughter and beloved sister of JFK Kathleen Agnes Kick Kennedy Cavendish 1920 1948.As a youth, Kick remained obedient, chaste, devoted to the Irish Catholic faith with her large family, closely supervised by Rose Her brother s followed the g [...]

    24. A fast read and interesting Probably because she died at 26 without making many waves in world affairs, Kathleen Kennedy is as much an unknown in the Kennedy saga as her older sister Rosemary and her heir apparent brother, Joe This copy of the book is an uncorrected proof so the fact that the redundancy of the comment of how everyone, males especially, fell immediately in love with this spritely girl is very irritating will be edited somewhat Also we Catholics take Missals, not Bibles, with our [...]

    25. How fun to have two new Kick books after there s been nothing since Lynne McTaggert s 1984 book Was disappointed by the Barbara Leaming book It includes unique stuff from her interview with the old Duke Andrew but I could not find Kick in Leaming s pages The effervescent young woman is replaced with carefully phrased reports from friends who knew her For me, Byrne has captured Kick Something that jumps out of the story the limitations on women Smart, well connected Rose Kennedy could best hope f [...]

    26. When I told people I was reading a book about a Kennedy daughter, they asked, Rosemary The one who had the lobotomy In my New England town, at least, the story of Kathleen Kick Kennedy is not well known There s a logical explanation for her relative anonymity Her mother, Rose, was so dismayed by some of Kick s behavior and choices that she worked to keep details of Kick s life and death private.Paula Byrne s biography shines a light on Kick and the other members of the Kennedy family in the firs [...]

    27. I love reading about the Kennedys, mostly because they are the closest thing we have to royalty here in the United States I got started when I read The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys by Doris Kearns Goodwin In my opinion, the most fascinating of the bunch was Kathleen Kennedy, better known as Kick She fascinated me because, of all the 9 children, she was the one to break free, to try to live her own life, to try and be something other than just another Kennedy I grew up in an era where so called m [...]

    28. Very readable, well researched biography My only objection is to the title, which identifies Kick through her relationship with prominent men brother and husband by rights, her father should be included in the group She was a prominent woman in her own right who accomplished a lot in her 28 years Also very sad, but anyone who knows a basic amount of information about Kathleen Kennedy will know that going in to the book.

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