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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 uiet not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy but also a baby they may have had togethe Great piece of historical fiction about the Kennedy clan I enjoyed it

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The Summer I Met Jack New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark and the child they may have hadBased 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 old Launching 5222018THE SUMMER I MET JACK is my fourth book and I'm still recovering from writing itYes it is that Jack and yes it's based on a true story The wealthy Alicia Corning Clark died in New York in 2016 at the stated age of 79 but she lied about her age constantly and apparently even in death Her estate and wills were in a state of bedlam so attorneys tried to track down possible heirs She didn't have any children or did she? Alicia a Jewish refugee from Poland had a romance with then congressman Jack Kennedy in the early 50s and their relationship continued on and off one assumes for approximately a decade thereafter J Edgar Hoover's files were released under the Freedom of Information Act in 1977 and in them he claims that Bobby Kennedy gave Alicia 500000 of hush money shortly before JFK's 1961 inauguration Surely this was about than the two dating in 1950 eleven years prior and while Jack was single In THE SUMMER I MET JACK I try to piece together what might have happened as well as take the reader through Alicia's very colorful life which included affairs with Gary Cooper and Katharine Hepburn to name a few This book was by far the hardest for me to write and it took the longest several times over and reuired the most amount of research In writing it I read over 150 books and thousands of articles many I had translated from other languages and pages and pages of partially redacted FBI files I conducted a few interviews and flew thousands of miles to read articles available only on microfiche I also had to learn to use microfiche again ; As always where I use historical people and events my goal is to make the narrative plausible I write fiction so this is not meant to be a biography However much of it is fact and I weave fiction into the gaps to tell a storyIn my Goodreads review for my first book I joked that I had to give it 5 stars sort of like how you have to think your kids are cute mine actually are of course Well this book was a kid who was colicky for over a year and never let me sleep for than two hours at a time This kid whined and complained and often spit back up whatever I put into him He has the Kennedy stomach I guess In the end though I love him perhaps because he put me through so much agony and came out okay on the other side I put every drop of myself into this book and I hope you love the result

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Download The Summer I Met Jack Reader ✓ 515 pages È New York Times bestselling author imagines the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark and the child they may have hadBased 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 familieEst 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 For me this book was a huge disappointment and while I wouldn’t say that I regretted reading it I do wish that I had stood my ground a bit in terms of not accepting widgets for books that I wasn’t tremendously interested in reading Of course I already knew going into this book that it would be a story about the Kennedy family albeit a fictional story specifically about JFK and the love affair he supposedly had with a woman named Alicia Corning Clark Alicia Darr for most of the story in the early years prior to him becoming the 35th President of the United States I actually had never heard of Alicia Corning Clark prior to reading this book and being that this was an “imagined” story of the affair I deliberately refrained from looking up anything about her until after I finished reading as I didn’t want any preconceived understanding about who Clark was in real life to affect my feelings toward her character in the story on this later Despite the mention of “love affair” in the book summary I was fully expecting this story to lean towards historical fiction given the historical context with the Kennedy family however it turned out that this fell heavily into the romance category In addition parts of the story felt a bit YA to me mostly due to the main female protagonist being in her early 20s for much of the story yet acting like a defiant teenager majority of the time plus the style of the writing felt less mature and many of the scenarios were melodramatic about the writing later Unfortunately both of these genres romance and YA are ones that I don’t really care for so this did put me off uite a bitGenre aside there were actually uite a few things that made this book a disappointment for me hence the low rating though interestingly enough in reading through the reviews I seem to once again be the outlier here as there are a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings for this book and most readers didn’t seem to have the same issues I did It does make me wonder whether I actually read the same book that everyone else read In any case one of the things that frustrated me most with this story were the characters and the way they were written especially Alicia a character I disliked almost from the start Like I mentioned earlier I didn’t know anything about the real life Alicia going into this and I still don’t know that much about her to be uite honest so I can’t comment on how she compares to the real person but to me Alicia in the story came off as a caricature and at times somewhat stereotypical Everything about Alicia the character seemed to be contradictory in that her behavior never seemed to sync up with her thoughts and often than not she would say one thing and do the complete opposite Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for flawed characters in fictional stories and in fact prefer them over characters that come across too perfect but in this case I felt like the author went a bit overboard in the opposite direction in that Alicia seemed to have all her worst personality flaws exaggerated and brought into the spotlight while her positive traits aside from her looks of course – there was constant reference to Alicia being “blonde and beautiful” were mostly pushed to the background Most of the other characters as well were depicted this way negative personality traits magnified tenfold though of course with the Kennedys it’s not surprising given all the scandals and rumors surrounding that infamous family but still given that this was a fictional story I was expecting the characterizations to be a bit balanced Instead I felt at times that I was reading a “tell all” biography of sorts about the various transgressions of the Kennedy family with an emphasis on JFK and the scandalous life he led um I think most of us already know that JFK was a charmer who had numerous affairs both while he was president and before that – I didn’t need this fact to be reinforced throughout the story by depicting his character as a sex fiend who couldn’t seem to get near a woman without wanting to have sex with herit seemed like every couple pages I was reading about either his or Alicia’s sexual exploits which honestly got tiring after like the 5th mention barely a uarter of the way through the bookPlot wise there really wasn’t much there outside of Alicia’s various relationship “adventures” which honestly didn’t interest me much – in fact I felt bored reading the same repetitive bits about Alicia striking up a relationship with one famous person after another the second half of the book was basically about Alicia’s “colorful” dating life the various people she met and had flings with Included in this were details about Alicia’s 3 marriages most notably the one to Alfred Corning Clark the heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune who left Alicia a hefty fortune after his death within weeks of their marriage This wealth came into play in a second timeline taking place than 60 years later in 2016 when the executor of the now deceased Alicia Corning Clark’s estate searches for a rud potential heir to all the money she left behind a search that really did take place back in 2016 and was reported on in the media To be honest this part of the story felt like a completely different book as the writing was engaging and the narrative was framed as a “mystery” of sorts that I actually wanted to get to the bottom of – unfortunately this second narrative was way too brief only a few dozen pages max and the format of interspersing snippets of this narrative sporadically throughout the main story meant that when I started skimming the book at around the 25% mark yes things started getting repetitive very early in the story I ended up missing of the second narrative than I intendedOverall though the issues I had with the story and the unbalanced character depictions pale in comparisons to the problems I had with the writing which already wasn’t that great to begin with but when you add tons of grammatical errors to the mix this became a tedious and exceedingly frustrating read for me I’m not sure if this had to do with the ARC version I received being messed up somehow or perhaps the version I received was a very early rough draft but it appears that there was little to no editing to speak of with this book The biggest issue I noticed is what I call the missing “f” dilemma all words that were supposed to have “ff” in them were missing one “f” for some reason – so “offer” became “ofer” “affair” became “afair” “off” became “of” etc – these last two missing “f” in the words “affair” and “off” were especially egregious given the extraordinary number of times both words were used throughout the story basically it was every few pages trying to differentiate the instances between when the author was trying to use “off” versus “of” alone ended up giving me a headache As if that weren’t enough there were also sections where the narrative voice switched back and forth in between dialogue which really threw me off and made this an even bigger chore to read For example there was a section where one of Alicia’s friends George asks about her family back home – instead of that section being written as a conversation between two people with dialogue set apart by uotation marks as it was in most of the other parts of the book it was written in an odd half conversation half third person manner – George would ask a uestion “But your mother?” only including part of the uote so as to avoid spoilers and instead of Alicia answering the uestion directly like we would expect in a normal conversation what followed was 7 paragraphs explaining what happened to her mother but written in third person ie Alicia left school Alicia filled out a form Alicia tried looking for her etc – then the next paragraph after that switches back to conversation mode with George’s dialogue in uotations and Alicia’s response also in uotations but then the paragraph after that switches back to half and half mode again I thought at first this was just an isolated issue with that particular section of the book and so was ready to ignore it and move on but then a dozen or so pages later the same thing happened again except this time it was a “conversation” between Alicia and Jack though this time there was the added confusion of switching from dialogue in uotes to a third person response to a second person response and then back to dialogue again For the most part I tend to be a little lenient with ARCs since it IS an uncorrected unedited version after all but this one was particularly bad – I’ve read several dozen ARCs over the past 2 years and this is the first time I’ve come across one with so many issues mistakes that spanned every couple pages The only reason I didn’t DNF the book at this point was because I had already made the decision earlier on around the 25% mark as I mentioned above to skim through the rest of the book due to my inability to connect with the story and majority of the characters so I stopped paying as much attention to these issues after thatObviously I wouldn’t recommend this book but like I said earlier in reading through the many glowing reviews I seem to be the only one who had issues so perhaps unlucky for me I just received a bad ARC version of the book? I haven’t read any of this author’s other works so there’s nothing for me to compare against in terms of the writing Probably those interested in the Kennedy family will feel compelled to read this though if so I recommend getting a library copy or a fully edited version As for myself I don’t intend on re reading this even if a “cleaned up” version becomes available since the subject matter is only mildly interesting to me anyway Received ARC from St Martin’s Press via NetGalley