Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

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Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

By Paula Byrne

The author used newly released documents to relate the amazing story of Kick Kennedy, JFK’s favorite sister. She accurately portrays the strict Catholicism of mother Rose Kennedy and the effect it had on Kick, contributing largely to her initially repressed sexuality.  At the same time, she illustrates the licentious sexuality of father Joe Kennedy how he encouraged his sons (only) to follow in his predatory footsteps. The family dynamic of high achievement, competition, power-seeking, and athleticism was also described.

Kick’s romance and marriage to William Cavendish, heir to Chatsworth, was described in detail. Her education, career, and family ties were also highlighted.

The story of Kick is entertaining, particularly due to the role the Kennedy family has played in the American psyche and politics.  Yet, at the same time her life was largely tragic.  If history could be changed, I would wish her more time with her husband, children, and happiness.

“Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy arrived in London on St Patrick’s Day 1938. Ripe at 18, and as yet unplucked, Kick was no stranger to European high society. She had already spent a year at convent school in Neuilly-sur-Seine, on the edge of Paris, where her generous allowance afforded her the best of holidays: skiing at Gstaad, opera in the French capital and a private tour of the Vatican before moving on to Venice and a fascist demonstration at the Palais des Doges, presided over by Il Duce himself.”     … Paula Byrne