Book Review: Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade



4 disco balls

Expected publication: March 6, 2018 by Touchstone
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Historical Fiction

Another great book cover, wouldn’t you agree?

I started reading Bachelor Girl on my trip home from vacation. After reading a little over 2 hours during my flight home I noticed I only got 13% of the way through. 1) Either I am a very slow reader, or 2) this is a long one. I am going to go with #2: the paperback is 416 pages (kindle is listed at 432).

I enjoyed this read and didn’t mind the length, its just not one of those you can plow through in two days. If you could, well then I change my initial answer to #1 – I am a slow reader.

Three characters with three damning secrets: one cannot live one’s true life out in the open, one’s grave mistake changes the path of their life forever, and the other well we don’t know for certain what theirs is until the end of course…boom!

These three characters – Albert, Helen, and Jake – share an unusual bond an rely heavily on each other’s companionship. Oh, and one of them is a millionaire and the other two work for him. Throughout the course of this book you will ask: “why these two individuals?” And that is what will keep you reading until the end.

I came to a conclusion on the third person’s secret (about 70% of the way through) and was super excited that I was right! I second guessed myself a few times, but stuck to my guns and was thrilled when I found out the truth. (What, you do not get this excited about solving a book’s mystery?! I can’t be the only one!)

The story is told through Helen and Albert’s perspectives and the chapters alternate between the two. Upon the start of each chapter it’s not always initially obvious which perspective it is – as the chapters are not marked ‘Helen’ or ‘Albert’ – but when you find your reading groove you can figure it out pretty quick.

This is a fun story for historical fiction fans. Time period covered is 1918 – 1939 in New York City.

Fun fact: it is inspired by a real life story of a millionaire – owner of the NY Yankees –  who left a substantial inheritance to an unknown ex-actress. If you like baseball, there are a lot of historical baseball references in this book too!

If you read Bachelor Girl too, let us know your thoughts!

I received an arc of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

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