Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade

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Bachelor Girl is a compelling piece of historical fiction inspired by the January 21, 1939 New York Times article that an unknown former actress had received quite a large inheritance from the owner of the New York Yankees, Colonel Jacob Ruppert.  

The novel is told from two points of view: Ruppert’s secretary Arthur Kramer and Ruppert’s friend Helen Winthrope, spanning 21 years (with some jumps along the way) and the friendship the threesome developed over the years. From the signing of Babe Ruth to the building of Yankee Stadium, this tale weaves in known historical record into a story that is largely character driven. 

Issues of race, sexuality, female ambition are intertwined are the undercurrent of the novel. At times I did struggle with remaining engaged with the book, hence the 4 star rating, but the book overall was an interesting read, and I appreciated the different viewpoints that the book provides so that I could get a glimpse into the Jazz Age. 

★★★★ – 3.75 stars

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher, Touchstone, for giving me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review. You can find information about my rating criteria here


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Hi! I’m Kaleena: book lover, runner, wanderer, and philanthropist. Life is an adventurous gift: through the outdoors and books. I run Reader Voracious Blog, where I post spoiler-free book reviews of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and mystery & thriller.