Robert Kalich’s Review of Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary

The following is an excerpt from novelist Robert Kalich‘s review of Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary (on Amazon now):

In my small opinion I think Susan Braudy wrote a masterpiece. Thoroughly enjoyed the effort for so many reasons…Delicious. Entertaining. Profound.

Incredibly researched and stylistically perfect. How she did it I will never fathom. Susan Braudy transplanted her mind and soul into another’s life and time. She accomplished something that I am astonished by…

Kick is fabulous and Braudy gave her a tribute for the ‘#metoo’ crowd to live with, admire and enjoy.

I loved this book.

New Historical Fiction: Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Check out my new “kick”-ass novel Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary which details the rebellious romances and political heroics of JFK’s very popular outspoken younger sister, “Kick” Kennedy. She fights to be independent of her famous family in World War II London. When Kick defies her rigid mother and accepts a marriage proposal from kind Anglican (and future Duke of Devonshire) William Cavendish, all hell breaks loose.

Before Kick can settle into her new marriage, her husband of five weeks is swept to the battlefield.

Relish Kick’s intimate portraits of London swells such as Hon. Pamela Churchill, Aly Khan, Earl Peter Fitzwilliam, and Winston Churchill himself.

Bestselling author Michael Wolff (Fire and Fury) describes Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary as “delicious fun” combining “the charm of Penelope Lively with the romantic fervor of Barbara Cartland.”

Author Robert Kalich calls Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary “entertaining” and “profound.”

Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary: on Amazon and in select bookstores.

Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary

In 2006 I penned a Vanity Fair essay about Susan Mary Alsop, the super-bright American mistress of Duff Cooper, the English ambassador to France. I was intrigued to read one of Alsop’s letters describing President Kennedy’s little sister Kick as “full of charm and love of life with sub-currents of uncertainty.”

Susan Mary astutely guessed that Kick Kennedy’s “uncertainty” had to do with religion. The more I read about Hon. Kick Kennedy Hartington the more fascinated I became with this fun-loving, free-thinking young woman.

I was excited to read about Kick’s friendship with “Winnie” and Clemmie Churchill.

But when I read Kick’s actual diary I realized many things were missing. This set me dreaming about what her real feelings had been.

I read and read.

As someone who frequently disagrees with her parents’ strict code, I admire Kick’s awesome rebellion against Rose and Joseph Kennedy’s philosophies about what a woman could do.

I found myself taking notes.

Those notes slowly became my upcoming novel, Kick Kennedy’s Secret Diary.