Bachelor Girl: A Novel by the Author of Orphan #8 by Kim Van AlkemadeBachelor Girl: A Novel by the Author of Orphan #8 by Kim Van Alkemade

Bachelor Girl: A Novel by the Author of Orphan #8

byKim Van Alkemade

Paperback | March 6, 2018

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 comes a fresh and intimate novel about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love—inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant.

When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it’s because of his guilt over her father’s accidental death—and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert’s handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity.

New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a working woman living on her own terms—she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert’s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him—and to each other.

Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors.
Title:Bachelor Girl: A Novel by the Author of Orphan #8Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 1.2 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781501192968

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 9/10 Great read I don't read much fiction anymore, but this book really hooked me. I didn't let my mind jump to conclusions and try to guess the plot, I just let it take me on the journey and I think that made it enjoyable for me. I would recommend this as a nice relatively light read.
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this a lot! But not as much as Kim van Alkemade's first novel, Orphan Number Eight. Helen was an interesting but unlikable character in some places. I found her to sometimes be overly dramatic and downright disrespectful to Albert, but I think that's partially due to a sign of the times. Her disrespect primarily stemmed from the fact that he was gay, which I suppose in the 1920s was far more scandalous than it is now. I really enjoyed the portrayal of the LGBTQ+ community throughout the novel. I find LGBTQ+ history fascinating and thought the portrayal of gay men in the 1920s was done well. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but felt like it was missing something. The "big reveal" at the end was something I saw coming from the get-go and perhaps that's why I felt a little let down. However, it was an extremely well told story and is definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Loved this book. Great Read that kept me turning the pages!
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it’s because of his guilt over her father’s accidental death—and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert’s handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you enjoy historical fiction that challenges beliefs about sexuality, race, and gender, then this is the book for you! When I first heard about Bachelor Girl, there were a few things that immediately grabbed my attention! The first was the fact that it was set between 1920-1940 in New York, which I was really interested in reading about! The second was that the description mentioned that Colonel Jacob Ruppert was the owner of the New York Yankees...since I'm a sucker for baseball, that little fact pulled me in right away! Finally, I was very eager to see just what secrets all of the characters had! I found Bachelor Girl to be a fairly quick read, but I have to admit that it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Based on the title and the book's description, I expected the book to mostly follow Helen, but instead it was a dual POV and the story also focused quite heavily on the Colonel's secretary, Albert. I quite liked Albert, but I didn't expect his part of the plot to be so large. Helen's story seemed to take a back-burner to his, and I actually felt like her character was pretty flat in comparison. I liked seeing how they both fit into the New York settings around them though, and I liked that both of them challenged the norms of the time. It definitely made me think! One of the things that I felt were handled really well in Bachelor Girl was the passage of time. The prologue begins in 1939 at the reading of the Colonel's will, then we jump back to 1919 when Helen, Albert, and the Colonel all become intrinsically connected. Then it skips forward years at a time until we catch back up to 1939 and see what happens shortly after we find out that Helen has inherited the bulk of Jake's fortune and assets. Certain parts did move rather quickly, but they were established enough within the storyline that it didn't feel as if anything had been skipped whenever time moved forward. I have to admit that what I loved most were all of the bits about the Yankees! I loved seeing the Colonel figure out how he was going to acquire Babe Ruth, and how Helen's brother, Rex, gushed over the sport and the players...mostly Babe Ruth. :P The little snippets about Yankee Stadium, the baseball games...especially the World Series, and the parts with the players were really neat and they definitely were unlike anything I've ever read in historical fiction. I might have to actively seek out more historical fiction with baseball now. :P Overall, while I didn't quite enjoy Bachelor Girl as much as I'd hoped, I still found it to be an engaging read. It just wasn't quite what I expected. I was expecting more of a romance and for Helen to be a full-blown "bachelor girl." Someone who was very career-minded and independent, which she kind of was at first, but definitely wasn't by the end of the book. I do think that the writing was very strong and I loved that Kim van Alkemade challenged societal norms of New York during the Jazz Age and that she explored self-identity. I'd recommend Bachelor Girl to readers who enjoy historical fiction and love stories that revolve around love, family, and self discovery, especially readers who enjoy stories that challenge beliefs about sexuality, race, and gender.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading! This is a good read for any time of the year. The story is solid and unfolds in believable fashion. Revelation at the end is somewhat expected ... at least from my point of view. Still, definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I bought this at the last minute leaving the store. Lots of twists and surprises all the way through. Great read!
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I enjoyed this book for the baseball history and the life and times of the working woman and the now LGBTQ portrayals of that time period. An interesting read that kept you wondering right until the end.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting! I was intrigued that the author took real life events and built a fictional story around them. I enjoyed reading from two separate points of view of people who did not live the typical life at that time in history.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read!!!! Very good historical novel (in my opinion). I have just recently started to read historical novels . I really enjoyed this book. I found the story to be a realistic portrayal of the time 1918 - 1939 . Characters are well defined . I really felt for all of them. Author was able to make me want to understand their point of views, their feelings etc. It looks like the author took the time to research that time and by doing so provided us readers with details and descriptions of all the taboos of that time . Such as homosexuality , alcohol and it's prohibition, abortions and racial discrimination. Great read. I would absolutely recommend this book. I will be looking for her next book for sure.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly Fell In Love I'm a HUGE Historical Fiction lover. There's something so beautiful about being taken aback through time and living through a story of particular time frames or events. Though, I must say the time frame of this book isn't one that's ever truly intrigued me too much.I bought myself a copy because I am quite the fan of Kim's writing, and just upon reading the prologue, I found myself quickly turn page after page trying to find out and understand how the events spanning 20 years brought us back to the Prologue. Needless to say, the story was magnificent. I instantly fell in love! But I feel it's either a love it or hate it kind of story. There's been a toss up in my circle of readers that have either truly enjoyed the story, and others stating that it didn't quite give women the right voice - which one thing I was constantly reminding them, is that though today we see women with different outcomes or states of mind. The the voice our main character had in this novel is brilliant for the era it's placed in. So happy I picked this one up, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get lost in a fascinating, cruel, and beautiful era and story!
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright No too sure about how they made girls seem desperate if they are single. I mean there are plenty of girls out there in the present world who actually enjoy being single as opposed to being in a relationship making it ones personal choice at the end of the day. But other than that the overall time line and plot was alright.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not too exciting In this book Natalia sees bachelor women as desperate girls. I think that being single is a choice, not a weakness> In fact, it's a strength.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me interested and excited to read from start to finish.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't really like it I thought this would've been a great book. But it was A okay. Not worth the read for me. Some people are different. But I didn't enjoy the book
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay The plot is a little slow in places and some areas were very repetitive and this is becoming (or has already become) a lengthy series, so perhaps it's time to wrap things up.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1920"s Epic Novel Very well written novel. Love the time period of the 1920's
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome sauce so really well written, would very so much recommend this to friends
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from an OK read. This was a 2.5 star read for me. I love historical fiction, so when I saw that this was available on Netgalley, I immediately requested a copy. Based on two real people who worked / knew Jacob Ruppert, Kim van Alkemade was very clear that other than using real people's names, and the fact that Helen Winthrope did inherit the majority of Ruppert's wealth when he died, this was very much a work of fiction. The story revolves around Helen's friendship with Jacob Ruppert, as well as her relationship with his personal secretary, Albert Kramer. Told through alternating points of view, Helen or Albert's, the reader got to see what NYC was like over the course of 20 years - starting in 1918 (just as American troops where joining the war effort) and ending in 1939 - just after Ruppert's death. I can't really tell you why I didn't love this book more than I did - I thought it was ok - it might have been because so much of Albert's narration was focused on his homosexuality - which I understand would have been a big deal during the roaring twenties and thirties - but it almost felt like it hindered the progress of the plot. And it could have been that Helen just felt stagnate - until the very end - the last few chapters brought an energy to her character. Had the book started with the inheritance and moved from 1939 onwards perhaps I would have liked it better. Maybe seeing what Helen and Arthur would have done once Ruppert was gone was more of what I wanted out of the plot ... who knows? Was this well written? Yes. Did I love the characters? They were ok. Do I think that other readers will enjoy this book? Absolutely. Would I read another book by this author? Yes. I didn't love The Paris Wife, or The Aviator's Wife, and found that The Alice Network was a little slow - so I would say that if you enjoyed those historical books - this will likely check all your boxes and leave you satisfied.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good! Every time I feel that the series is ending, boom another one is released. A good read - I wasn't disappointed even though it's the 8th one in the series.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Passionate, evocative, and thoroughly absorbing! Bachelor Girl is an intriguing interpretation about the life of Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the wealthy American brewer and owner of the New York Yankees who became known for his successful acquisition of the legendary slugger Babe Ruth, the construction of the iconic Yankee Stadium, and the unusually large endowment he left to a young, unknown actress upon his death. The prose is eloquent and fluid. The characters are genuine, well drawn, and endearing. And the story sweeps you away to New York City during the 1920s when women were shortening their skirts, cutting their hair and gaining independence, prohibition was in full force, and love in all its forms was expressed but still hidden. Bachelor girl is a fascinating, well-written, richly described story about friendship, loyalty, familial relationships, sexual identity, secrets, prosperity, ambition, life, loss, and love. And even though there is not much known about Colonel Jacob Ruppert’s close, personal relationships, van Alkemade has done an exceptional job of taking historical facts and surrounding them with fiction that is both captivating and exceptionally alluring.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ANTICIPATION!!! Can't wait for the release!!! LOVE everything she does!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from uh I'm wondering when the series will end? We're already on book eight
Date published: 2018-02-18

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Orphan #8: “Kim van Alkemade has moxie. In her provocative novel, family is saturated with betrayal, care is interrupted by ambition and desire, and the past is intimately explored, invoking the abandoned child in all of us. Orphan # 8 brims with complicated passions and pitch-perfect historical details. A riveting, memorable debut.” —Catherine Zobal Dent, author of Unfinished Stories of Girls “Inspired by actual events, van Alkemade crafts a powerful story of festering vengeance and redemption that touches readers on many levels. Alkemade has managed to incorporate many emotions into her thoughtful debut, emotions that linger long after the last page is turned.” —RT Book Reviews “This book is utterly unputdownable. At once atmospheric, disturbing and absolutely engrossing, it poses a host of moral questions; I fully anticipate that it will become popular with book clubs.” —Historical Novels Review “…van Alkemade succeeds in bringing to light a fascinating and little-known chapter of history...she vividly chronicles her heroine’s pain, resilience and capacity to be honest with those who loved her, with those who betrayed her, and ultimately with herself.” —Lillith Magazine “A sure book club pick and a strong debut.” —Lambda Literary Review "Even non-aficionados of historical fiction will find much to savor in this remarkable novel. Its themes and artistry will linger in reader memory. Orphan #8 is a remarkable work, well rooted in some little-known history... a broad landscape of issues, superbly rendered." —GLBT Reviews, American Library Association's LGBT Round Table