New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark – and the child they may have had.
Based on a real story – in 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is at once dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack.
Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage. And so, Alicia trades Hyannisport for Hollywood, and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors and athletes and royalty, including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while staying close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack’s inauguration as the thirty-fifth President of the United States, the two must confront what they mean to each other.
The Summer I Met Jack is based on the fascinating real life of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy, but also a baby they may have had together (On Goodreads)
Thank you Katie, and St. Martins Press for gifting me a copy of this beauty! My review is below, and all opinions are my own.
I rate this book a beautiful 4 out of 5 stars.
This book was incredibly fascinating. I have always had a minor obsession with anything Kennedy, from their romances to their curses. The skeletons in the Kennedy closet are plenty.
Gable’s writing style is beautiful, while I own another one of her other books, this was the first one I’ve ever read and I am definitely not disappointed. I love historical fiction, and I love books that I can learn from. I was googling up a storm with this one!
This is the ultimate “What If” book, what If JFK had married Alicia and not Jackie? What if JFK’s dad did not intervene? What if there really is a secret love child? Everything about this book, both fact and fiction was so enthralling. I was pulled in from the first page, heck from the first sentence if I’m being honest.
Alicia is such an intriguing person, a maid turned girlfriend of the famous. Can you imagine the feeling of euphoria she most likely felt? Socializing with the rich and famous, dating the rich and powerful, the absolute different world she stepped into.
It also makes me question everything I’ve learned about the Kennedy Family, is Mama Kennedy really a cold-hearted person? was she obsessed with appearances? Did she deny getting Jack medical treatment, because he had to keep up the facade of perfect health? Was the family full of Nazi Sympathizers, rapists, and who can forget Marilyn Monroe? What happened there? There is so much to question with the family, are they tied in with the mob? For one the most favorite presidents in history, he sure comes from a bat shit crazy family!
If you guys have any interest in The Kennedy family, In JFK himself, and if you like historical fiction, than this is most definitely a read for you! I flew through this book, like stayed up past my bedtime, picked it up every chance I could get, eat, slept, dreamed it. LOVED it!
Michelle Gable is the New York Times Bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS and THE BOOK OF SUMMER. Her fourth book, THE SUMMER I MET JACK, is based on the real-life romance between Jack Kennedy and Alicia Darr. It launches on 5/29/2018.
Michelle grew up in San Diego and attended The College of William & Mary, where she majored in accounting, as most aspiring writers do. After a twenty-year career in finance, Michelle now writes full-time. She lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and what is quickly becoming a menagerie: one cat, one bunny, and a lab/jindo mix recently rescued from the dog meat trade in Thailand.
Michelle can be reached at www.michellegable.com or on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest at @MGableWriter.