Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy, recently arrived from Boston, is already a huge hit in 1930s London society. As the daughter of the US ambassador, she is at the centre of the most elite social circles. But when she falls for a duke-in-waiting, she realises there are plenty of people who think she doesn't belong.
Lady Brigid Guinness has no interest in love, marriage or society connections. She certainly doesn't want to befriend a brash American. But her brother-in-law Chips Channon, always seeking to increase his political capital, has other ideas - and invites the Kennedys to join his family, Brigid included, and some friends for a holiday at his country estate.
At Kelvedon Hall, the two young women bond as Chips pushes Brigid towards a match with a dull German prince and Kick desperately tries to keep hope alive for her budding romance. Meanwhile, the other guests are caught up in their own drama: marriages are on the rocks, friendships and alliances are being forged, war is looming and political intrigue lurks just beneath the surface. By the time their week in Essex has ended, both Kick and Brigid realise that their world is changing rapidly, and nothing will be as it was.
Inspired by true-life events, An Invitation to the Kennedys is a captivating page-turner from the bestselling author of the Guinness Girls series.