Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade

Bachelor Girl

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 actres...

Details Bachelor Girl

TitleBachelor Girl
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Bachelor Girl

  • Denise
    Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade ( author of Orphan Number 8) is an historical fiction novel that transports the reader back to The Jazz Age of New York in 1918. The book begins at the will reading of Colonel Jack Ruppert who died of phlebitis in 1939. Helen Winthrope, an ex actress inherits Eagle's Nest Estate, $300,000. and half of the New York Yankees. The stage is set for the mystery and secrets of why Helen. "The novelist's job is to create...
  • RoseMary Achey
    Bachelor Girl presents a fascinating fictional portrayal of American male homosexual life during the 1920's. While the bachelor girl, Miss Helen Winthrope, is the title character-another character, Albert Kramer felt like the book's true focus. Albert and Helen were both employed by Colonel Jacob Ruppert. Ruppert a true historical figure was a well know millionaire and prominent in New York Society during the 1920s. Ruppert was responsible for th...
  • Amy Bez
    A thoughtful take on homosexuality and female “bachelor girl” hood in the 1920’s, I enjoyed this novel and the portrait of a time when society curtailed one’s behavior immensely, making me happy I live in 2018, and the freedoms I am afforded.
  • Anne
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel even though historical fiction is not usually my go-to genre! I liked the alternating viewpoints of both Helen and Albert as they work for wealthy Jacob Ruppert and become involved in a solid friendship evolving into an unusual loving relationship. There were many 1920's details that engaged me in the story as well, especially those involving attitudes and misconceptions surrounding the gay community and the treatm...
  • Sharmon
    I received this as advanced copy from the Goodreads Giveaway Program. I don't really know what I was expecting but this was not it. I could not stop reading it. I used up my whole day off just to read this book. I thought the alternating POVs was really well done. There are a lot of heavy subjects in this book but it still remains entertaining which is why I read. I will be looking into other books by this new to me author.
  • Touchstone Books
    This book is causing a bit of a stir at Simon & Schuster! So many people are reading and falling in love—which is usually a good sign that you guys will too :)
  • Chris Markley
    Helen is trying to make her way in New York City as an actress when she almost dies from infection. As she regains her strength, Jacob, the man who was with her father when he died and owner of the Yankees reenters her life. Along with his personal secretary Albert Kramer Helen spends more and more time with Jacob and the course of her life is changed. At times the story seems slow and I struggled to remain engaged.Thank you to NetGalley & the pu...
  • Jennifer
    A novel I could really sink into for a long time. It's a very in depth look into the lives of people in New York City circa 1918-1939, surrounding the real life millionaire owner of the Yankees during the Babe Ruth era. The first 3 pages of the book got me into the mysterious story of good fortune. The chapters flip between 2 characters; Helen and Clarence. Helen is the main character who goes on the inherit everything, leaving the rest of the wo...
  • Jeannine
    This historical fiction title takes place in New York from 1918 - 1939. It bounces back and forth between two characters, Helen Winthrope and Albert Kramer, directly relating events from the same point the previous character left off. Helen is the title's "Bachelor Girl," interested in a career in theater rather than marriage, and Albert is a young gay man trying to prosper as millionaire Jacob Ruppert's personal secretary. Gradually Helen is dra...
  • Brenda
    I’m a sucker for a good historical fiction novel. I love learning about history with lots of juicy details to keep it interesting. This novel packs a whole lot of punch into a small package. The story is well rounded, set in New York City beginning in 1918. There is a lot of American history happening here. The novel brings us into the orbit of Colonel Jack Ruppert where the rest of the galaxy revolves.......NY theater life, some history of the...
  • Diane Moyle
    Author Kim van Alkemade has used an unsolved mystery concerning Colonel Jacob Ruppert, millionaire owner of the New York Yankees who passed in 1939, and Helen Winthrope Weyant, a little known showgirl from Broadway, to weave an electrifying account of why he would leave her the $300,000 and a third of his estate. Although fiction, it is well written and believable. The story revolves around Jacob, Helen and Albert Kramer, the personal secretary t...
  • Tiffany S
    This is really 4.5 stars but darn it no halfs.The book's chapters alternate between the two main characters. Granted Helen Winthrop Weyant is the title character. Both she and Albert Kramer (the other main character) were fascinating to me. They were well developed. The reader sees their flaws, their strengths, their struggles, and also sees how they view the other through the alternating chapters. Their lives are greatly intertwined with Colonel...
  • Judy
    This was a well conceived work of historical fiction that dealt with many issues including race relations, homosexuality, prohibition and gender equity. The premise of the book was based on a true event. Set in New York City between 1918 and 1939, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the owner of the Yankees, takes Helen Winthrope, an aspiring actress, under his wing. She thinks it is because Jake feels responsible for her father's death. Helen also becomes a ...
  • Melissa
    So this is a novel that I SHOULD's historical fiction, it's well written, it deals with racy themes for its time (homosexualitly, illegal abortions, mixed race relationships, etc...), but I found it incredibly boring. I'm reading all these rave reviews so maybe I'm way off on this one, or maybe I'm missing the impact because I'm wasn't familiar with Jacob Ruppert as a historical figure prior to reading, either way this was a miss for m...
  • Danielle
    This is a historical fiction book based on the true story of the owner of the Yankees's owner Jacob Rupport, who upon his death in 1939 left the bulk of his estate to an unknown actress named Helen Winthrope Weyert. The author creates a tale about why Rupport would have left much of his fortune to her. Jacob Rupport was present at the death of Helen's father as a child and has kept an eye on her family ever since, and eventually takes her under ...
  • Elizabeth
    This is a very sweet book, I quite enjoyed the read. It is a story that is nicely intertwined with the two view points of Albert and Helen, who develop a unique bond while working for Rupport. I found the story engage, both with the characters and the ongoings of the 1920. The combination of how homosexuality and the treatment of women back then was really well done, and I enjoyed how the bond was created over that. The writing was smooth, wouldn...
  • Shirley Cagle
    This is one of those books that you can’t put down and when you’ve finished, you are so sad it’s over. It touches on so many societal issues - racism, sexism, homosexuality, adultery, loneliness. And the characters? All those lives, half-lived in so many ways... I can’t wait to read more of the author’s writings.
  • Janette Mcmahon
    The author packed a lot of thought into this novel. A look at alternative lifestyles in their historical context. Well done characters help the readers get the feel of heartache and strife when laws and the government decide on what was moral and right and the consequences of being yourself.
  • Tamsyn
    This was an interesting story start to finish -- didn't want to put it down.
  • Maudaevee
    A solid, good story with interesting characters. It was a little slow in some spots.
  • Jennifer Nowak
    A must read!!! I absolutely fell in love with all the characters after the first couple pages and the story itself is compelling and full of surprises. I loved it and so will you!