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Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade – Book Review

35297281I received Bachelor Girl as one of my first NetGalley e-ARC’s and lemme tell y’all, I felt like a real-live book blogger. And then the anxiety set in, because I didn’t think that I’d get it, so I requested 5 other books. Well…I got them all, conveniently, around the time I went through a reading slump and didn’t feel like picking up a book. LUCKILY, this was the book that brought me out of my rut! Y’all know that historical fiction is my JAM so I was all about this from the first page.

The book starts in 1939 at the reading of the will of Colonel Jacob Rupert. Helen Winthrope is in attendance with Albert Kramer (the Colonel’s personal assistant) along with Rupert’s family, staff and friends. The Colonel leaves Helen with his mansion, $300,000 and a third part ownership of the New York Yankees. In 1939, $300k was equal to 5.3 million in 2018, so yeah..this was a huge deal!giphy

Helen is baffled, wondering why would he leave her such a huge inheritance, when they were simply good friends. From here, the author takes us back to the early 1920’s where we follow Helen, Albert and the Colonel through the years and their blossoming friendship.

The author does a beautiful job of weaving in the cultural differences of society in the 20’s and 30’s. Homosexuality, abortion, prohibition, racial discrimination and gender inequality are presented in a realistic manner, making it obvious that even though the United States has come a long way since the 1930’s, we should actually be farther along in our social justice systems.

“It’s the laws that should change, not us. The way I see it, Albert, we can’t choose our desires any more than we can choose the color of our skin.”

While I enjoyed this book, I constantly felt like I was waiting for “the thing” to happen..you know, that moment that’s been building and building and suddenly, all hell breaks loose. “The thing” never happened. It was an interesting story about how the relationships evolved and twisted around each other, but I didn’t really feel that there was a climax to the story. Due to that, I’d give this book 3.5 stars, but I’ll round up on Goodreads because I still enjoyed the book and I am glad it brought me out of my book slump. When I wasn’t reading, or too busy to read, I *wanted* to be reading. I enjoyed the characters and their personalities and I felt the book was well-written. Interestingly so, I only found out after the book that Jacob Ruppert was a real person! See his Wikipedia page here. It’s entertaining to see how factual events were woven into the Bachelor Girl storyline!

Bachelor Girl will hit shelves near you on March 6, 2018 and you should go get it, wink wink-here’s the Amazon link to make it easier for you!

A special thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. It was a pleasure and an honor!

k, bye!

Taylor

5 thoughts on “Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade – Book Review

  1. I know what you mean about the “thing.” I also felt a bit sad for Helen, like everyone around her got what they wanted and she was never put first. I don’t want to say anymore and ruin it for anyone. I agree…it was a nice read! 🙂

    1. I totally agree about Helen. She definitely has the money to do whatever she wants now! A sequel would be nice to know what she does with her fortune..and maybe what happens with her romantic life – if you get my drift 😉😉

    1. Let me know what you think of the ending! I haven’t been able to chat with anyone about it yet!

      1. Ok, I finished the book. I loved the story line. However, I didn’t expect that ending. Honestly, I thought that Helen was Cornelia’s daughter and Jack put her with Winthrope family. That’s the reason why he was so fond of her.

        Also, I was very pleased with Helen’s final decision of letting go of Albert. It was extremely sad, but they both deserve the happiness.

        What are your thoughts?

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