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The Summer I Met Jack
The Summer I Met Jack: A Novel | Michelle Gable
New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between John F. Kennedy 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 Jacks 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 by Michelle Gable 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.
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keys_on_fire
Bailedbailed

I have had a fascination with the Kennedy‘s lately (pretty much began after reading 11/22/63), and have read quite a bit of nonfiction about JFK and Jackie. I especially liked Secret Service agent Clint Hill‘s books. I thought a fictionalized story like this would be a fun change, but nothing really drew me in. I couldn‘t find anything to like about Alicia, and found myself waiting for times she was with Jack, only to be disappointed again. BAIL

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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast 130: All the Jennifers.
Fern Ronay is an author, host of various things including a new podcast, and an avid reader, especially of women's fiction and historical fiction.
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy130

Lindy This month, my sister started teaching in a one-room Hutterite school. She says the kids are great. 1y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy oh great! In all the Hutterite books I've read, often the only "outsiders" the children see regularly are the teachers. 1y
Lindy @ReadingEnvy It‘s a new colony, so there are only 12 children, ranging from Garde 1 to 12. 1y
ReadingEnvy @Lindy still growing then? One of the books talked about the formula and process for starting a new community... They definitely have a sense of how many people can be sustained communally. 1y
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Susanita
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Heard the author talk about this book today. It doesn‘t sound like my cup of tea, but I enjoyed the talk. Some of her other books look interesting!

Amiable Which school is this that has had so many females who have graduated and become authors? Sounds like an amazing place! 1y
Susanita @Amiable William & Mary. It is an amazing place! I was there over the weekend for a women‘s conference to kick off celebrating 100 years of coeducation. 1y
Amiable I love that campus! It's so pretty, too. Sounds like it was a great conference! 1y
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aliasNayNay
Summer I Met Jack | Michelle Gable
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Today it‘s just sitting outside enjoying the perfect weather, putting my feet up, and reading a book.

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GinaKButler
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Cruising into Key West! 🚢🍹📚

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ReadingMeagan
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I‘m leaning heavily towards bailing on this one. Nothing seems to be happening and I want to smack most of the Kennedy‘s 😆. The posts on Litsy are all glowing for this book. But I am just not loving it. Do I continue reading or give up? Help me Litsey fans, what do I do?

JoScho I usually give it about 50 ish pages and then if I‘m still not liking a book I bail. I haven‘t read this one but if you aren‘t enjoying it don‘t keep reading it. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Bail. You can always come back to it another time in case it was just wrong book for right now. 2y
Eyelit I say bail 2y
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ReadingMeagan Thank you @JoScho @BarbaraTheBibliophage and @Eyelit I think I will bail. I can always go back to it if I want! That is so very true 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage 👏🏻👏🏻 We all need a little push sometimes. I feel guilty bailing as well. And then I don‘t once I‘ve found a better book. 😍 2y
ReadingMeagan @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes! The guilt? Why I feel guilty I will never know. It isn‘t like the book has feelings. But life is too short to be stuck reading a book you aren‘t liking right? Thanks again!😊 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ReadingMeagan 🤣🤣 Books don‘t have feelings? 2y
ReadingMeagan @BarbaraTheBibliophage I hope not, because the guilt would be even worse 😆😆😆 2y
Reviewsbylola I say bail. Life is too short and our TBR stacks are way to big. That being said, this sounds great! 2y
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MMFinck
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Fascinating read!!! The amount of research that went into this book is STUNNING! And yet it‘s as delicious as an entertainment mag. I have never read JFK like this. Or any of the other celebrities! Highly recommend. Equally suited for beach and book club.

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Luvtoread
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What a fun summer read! Gossipy, breezy, and utterly readable! Full of fascinating information regarding the Kennedy‘s. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭Review is up on my blog. I enjoyed this one very much. Stop by and say hi! https://reecaspieces.com/2018/05/29/the-summer-i-met-jack-by-michelle-gable/

tracey38 Nice photo 2y
Reecaspieces @tracey38 thank you!! 2y
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Bibliosmiast
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A must-read for all! I had no idea that it was a story about THE Kennedys and was floored when it finally dawned on me. I then, of course, was even more intrigued and could not stop reading! It flows like a story of fiction, though it is full of facts and history. Lots of famous name-dropping with true and fictional details that left me wondering which parts were embellished. This should be made into a movie!

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theladygreer
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Kick off your workweek with another great Q&Q&Q&A for #womenshistoryreads: Michelle Gable, author of A PARIS APARTMENT! She's talking about her upcoming book THE SUMMER I MET JACK (yes, that Jack!) #kennedys greermacallister.com/blog

Hooked_on_books It‘s so cool that you‘re promoting other women authors. We all need to support each other if we‘re going to achieve equality, so this is wonderful! 2y
theladygreer @Hooked_on_books So glad you're enjoying the series! Definitely a big fan of #womensupportingwomen. 2y
MMFinck That‘s so great you do this, Greer! I don‘t know I didn‘t know. I do it too for booksbywomen.org. :) As Michelle is a longtime personal friend, I also want to say thanks for this particular one! :) @theladygreer 2y
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angel1
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Now to read another Goodreads win📚😀