The Summer I Met Jack

The Summer I Met Jack

by Michelle Gable

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ISBN-13: 9781250103246
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 68,026
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, MICHELLE GABLE graduated from The College of William & Mary. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.

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The Summer I Met Jack: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great entrrtanment. Love every minute reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining
KrittersRamblings 27 days ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A Polish refugee has made her way to Hyannisport, Massachusetts and she is just living her life day to day when she meets a member of the famous family that has a compound in this small town and she quickly gets swept into their world. I had to remind myself often while reading this book that I was reading fiction because I so wanted the story to have the complete truth to back it up. I knew it was based in truth, but I wanted every word to be the truth! I enjoyed reading about JFK through a different set of eyes. We read about him through his family and through Jackie Kennedy, so to see him through eyes that loved him for a time, but also saw all of his flaws and was honest about them was something really new.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This was an interesting read. I have read and enjoyed previous novels by Michelle Gable, so I thought that I might enjoy this one too. I did enjoy it, but I also thought that it veered away from the story I thought it was about to another story entirely. Of course it was well-written, and the characters were interesting. But I could never sympathize with the main character, Alicia, and I found that I didn’t like Jack Kennedy very much after reading this also. We all know that he thought himself a ladies’ man and that he had numerous affairs. But the way the author portrayed him, it was unnerving. As for Alicia, once she started flitting about, going to Hollywood, etc., I no longer cared what happened to her. She was shallow and caused her own problems. It’s hard to care for a character like that. I kept waiting for that moment she’d redeem herself with some selfless action, but that never happened. It’s too bad, too, because then I would have liked her more. Also, it bothered me that she was best friends with Katharine Hepburn. I’ve read numerous biographies about Ms. Hepburn, and I doubt very much that a no-nonsense woman like her would have wasted time on a woman like Alicia. Just my opinion. Overall, it was a good book and I did read it to the very end. I will certainly read more novels by Michelle Gable in the future. It wasn’t her writing, it was these characters that I didn’t care for.
mkdmom More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. I found this book to be a very intriguing read. I was a baby when JFK was killed, so I don't really know much about him and the Kennedys besides the little I've read. I'm aware of the whole Camelot mystique and also some of the not so good theories about the family. I don't know how much of this book was fiction or not, but boy did it blow my image of the Kennedys to bits. In fact, the whole time I read this I was questioning how much was true and how much was fiction. Even though the author states at the end of the book that it's fiction, she also lists all the books she used for research. Since the book is based on real people, I'd think there is a grain of truth to a lot of the story. I don't know how I felt about the main character Alicia. Initially she had my sympathy for her doomed love affair with JFK, but as the book progressed I felt she was more of an unsympathetic character mainly because of her obsession with the famous, her looks and fashions. She reminded me of a Kardashian because she was famous for basically doing nothing, just being around the right people. I also found the instant friendship with Kate Hepburn a little far fetched. An interesting read about a time period I'm not too familiar with. Definitely made me want to read more about that era.
MM_Finck More than 1 year ago
Fascinating read!!! The amount of research that went into this book is STUNNING! And yet it’s as delicious as any entertainment mag. I have never read JFK like this. Nor any of the other celebrities! Highly recommend. Equally suited for beach and book club.
SheenahM More than 1 year ago
The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable tells the story of Alicia Darr, the displaced Polish immigrant who captured the heart of Congressman Jack Kennedy. Family, religion, and circumstances ultimately kept them apart, but Alicia's story is compelling nonetheless. Admittedly, I am not someone who has read anything on JFK, and my knowledge of him is based on history books in school and snippets from Marilyn Monroe biographies. Gable's work provided insight, albeit fictional, into a family that everyone knows of. I found Alicia to be a compelling character and I rooted for her, despite her flawed and sometimes selfish ways. It can be tricky to have a flawed character that is still likable, but Gable tread that line very well. I found this an interesting read that I would recommend.
wjane More than 1 year ago
A senational book about the Kennedy family and Alicia Darr. A tale that is an exciting blend of history and fiction. The Summer I met Jack is a well researched book that details many stories you have read or heard and a few you may not have. A woman who cannot resist the man she loves even when she knows better. A man who is tempted by love but in the end cares only for himself and will do anything to achieve power and prestige. A compelling story of their accomplishments and the sorrow that follows. I’ve been a fan of Michelle Gable‘s since her first book and have anxiously awaited each new book. Read all of them she never disappoints. JaneW
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Alicia is a poor, polish immigrant struggling to stay afloat. Then she meets Jack Kennedy. She is pulled under his spell and the spell of his family, so much so, it may be her undoing. Alicia falls hard for Jack. So hard their romance continues for years...even after she leaves for Hollywood. She creates a name for herself but it is just not enough. It is not enough to keep her away from Jack. This is such an intriguing read! Who doesn't want to know more about the Kennedys. The author did a lot of research to create the atmosphere in this book. I was fascinated with the Kennedy family dynamics. I have not read much about the Kennedys. I have read Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson. So, I do understand how tough it was in many ways to be a Kennedy. Joe was very demanding of his children and Rose was cold and distant. This is reiterated in this book. It was also compelling how the author portrayed Jack. He comes across in the book as he did in life...so attractive and magnetic. This tale also takes you on a tour of old Hollywood and all of its wonderful myriad of characters. However, it is a little long and it does get a tad monotonous. I mean how many times can you go back to Jack. I understand the attraction. Jack oozes magnetism. But sometimes you need to "woman up" and break the cycle. This is really tough for Alicia to do. I still highly recommend this read. It is compelling with all the famous people and the problems Jack and Alicia face.
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
First of all, it is important to note this a historical fiction book based on a Polish refugee who came to America and worked as a maid in the home of the Kennedy family in Hynnaisport, Massachusetts. Alicia Corning Clark claimed to have an affair with JFK and this book imagines what might have taken place and what would have happened if their romance produced a child. You don't have to be a big fan of the Kennedy family to enjoy this book because if anything it doesn't paint them in the best light. And by that I mean it certainly highlights the Kennedy men and their roving eyes and this idea of being able to do whatever they wanted and get away with it. I thought the author did a good job in taking some factual information and then using her creative side to come up with a pretty solid work of historical fiction. This one definitely held my interest. My only criticism is I thought the latter half of the book wasn't as solid as the rest. In particular, I thought Alicia's friendship with Katherine Hepburn was a weak part in the story as it felt odd and unnatural even if Alicia was truly friends with her in real life. Overall, this was a fun read and I recommend if you like historical fiction. I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
First of all, it is important to note this a historical fiction book based on a Polish refugee who came to America and worked as a maid in the home of the Kennedy family in Hynnaisport, Massachusetts. Alicia Corning Clark claimed to have an affair with JFK and this book imagines what might have taken place and what would have happened if their romance produced a child. You don't have to be a big fan of the Kennedy family to enjoy this book because if anything it doesn't paint them in the best light. And by that I mean it certainly highlights the Kennedy men and their roving eyes and this idea of being able to do whatever they wanted and get away with it. I thought the author did a good job in taking some factual information and then using her creative side to come up with a pretty solid work of historical fiction. This one definitely held my interest. My only criticism is I thought the latter half of the book wasn't as solid as the rest. In particular, I thought Alicia's friendship with Katherine Hepburn was a weak part in the story as it felt odd and unnatural even if Alicia was truly friends with her in real life. Overall, this was a fun read and I recommend if you like historical fiction. I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
SOMDReigel More than 1 year ago
“Alicia made a grand life for herself out of a very questionable start, but she could be a handful, high maintenance.” “Did JFK and Alicia Corning Clark have a secret love child? The article that then turn into Michelle Gable’s newest novel – The Summer I Met Jack. Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know much about this particular generation of Kennedy’s besides my limited impression of a rich, powerful large family with many known reports of infidelity, and accusations of wrong doings. (I was much more interested in JFK, Jr, Caroline and Maria Shriver generations. I actually met JFK Jr while working at the Dept of Justice in Washington, DC. Beyond handsome and left a down to earth impression.) So, what limited knowledge I had of the 1950’s Kennedy’s, I can certainly see the events written in The Summer I Met Jack as plausible. Gable has written a fictionalize story of the real-life love affair of Alicia Corning Clark and then-congressman Jack Kennedy (pre-President JFK days). This is a fantastic novel that will keep you thinking about the main characters long after you finish it. It has a political spin that feels current today though it’s set in the 1950’s. The characters feel very real and like I was right there with Jack and Alicia in the 1950s as I was reading. I have a beautiful home,” she said. “And more money than I could ever spend. But before all of this, there was one year in Hyannisport, when, for one bright shining moment, I had it all.” Alicia was a Polish Jew, a displaced person from the war who emigrated to the United States in 1950. She had many names over the years, led a complex life, often finding herself drawn back to Jack Kennedy, making the same mistakes over and over. “I’ll make my way, somehow. Surviving is what I do best.” All quotes and headlines included in this novel were taken from actual publications. It is evident that Gable completed tons of research to weave facts into this fictional tale. I truly enjoyed this story, and I for one have spent too much time on my computer learning about the life of Alicia and the older generation of Kennedy’s. Well done! Thank you St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for the review copy
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
"Where does truth end and fiction begin?" asks the author. In this book, it is very hard to tell. So much of the story is based on facts well known and documented through the years. Fiction (if it is fiction) is very cleverly woven into the plot. The Kennedy family is given most unflattering treatment throughout the novel. Fact or fiction? The story begins in the early 1950's soon after WWII at the family compound in Hyannis port Massachusetts. Jack seems already on his way in sexual exploits. During that summer, he meets a girl he loves, yet cannot marry due to family ambitions. There are many encounters and they declare their forever love, but are aware of the fact that the relationship cannot survive. We are left to wonder about the two lovers, what could have happened if in fact, it did happen? Fact or fiction? I enjoyed this book and it had some insights into the less known members of the Kennedy family as well. Interesting read!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “The Summer I Met Jack” by Michelle Gable St.Martin’s Press Pub. Date May 29,2018 Michelle Gable, Author of “The Summer I Met Jack” writes an intriguing , unique and enjoyable novel. ” The Genres for this novel are Women’s Fiction and Fiction. The author uses her imagination to incorporate some historical facts to the fictional story. I especially like the concept of “What If”. The story is based on John F. Kennedy and Alicia Corning Clark. The author describes the Kennedy family as complicated and complex. Alicia is also describes as complicated and complex. In this novel, we get a different perspective of John F. Kennedy and his family. I would recommend this novel for readers who enjoy stories and information about the Kennedy’s. There are some twists and turns, betrayals and lies , romance, and dark secrets. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.