Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade

Bachelor Girl

NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER“Bachelor Girl plunges the reader deep into life during the Jazz Age…and the revealing of other secrets and confessions will keep readers up all night looking for answers.” —Booklist, starred review From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 comes a fresh and intimate novel in the vein of Lilac Girls and The Alice Network about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love—...

Details Bachelor Girl

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

Reviews Bachelor Girl

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    4 absorbing stars to Bachelor Girl! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Kim van Alkemade is back with another heartfelt, thought-provoking novel inspired by a millionaire, known as the Colonel, who owned the Yankees, hired Babe Ruth, and left a “friend” an heir to his fortune. The story begins with the will reading, told in alternating chapters and Helen, the heir, and Albert, the Colonel’s personal secretary, take the reader back in time twenty years, illustr...
  • Angela M
    3.5 stars Baseball, historic NYC - two things I always enjoy reading about. This was about more than baseball and NYC, though. This book was definitely a very realistic portrayal of the time 1918 - 1939 with an depiction of some of the taboos of the time - homosexuality was hidden, alcohol was prohibited, abortions were illegal and racial discrimination was the norm. Based on the real person, Jacob Ruppert, an intriguing man , a wealthy man, owne...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    3.5 stars Set in New York in the 1920’s and 30’s, this is the tale of “Bachelor Girl”, Helen Winthrope, a young single woman hired by millionaire and family acquaintance, Jacob Ruppert. Throughout this novel, Helen holds various conventional and unconventional job titles for Jacob – manager/producer of his local theater, organizer of his parties, hostess of his mansion gala’s, decorator of his home, etc. Though they are not typical ca...
  • Dorie
    Overall I felt this novel to be a good read but I was somewhat disappointed in many aspects of the book. The book was quite long and I felt it dragged throughout most of the story. It just seemed to lack some kind of spark to make me excited to continue reading, but I did finish it and the ending was a good one. I had figured out the big secret about 75% of the way through the book.The two main characters, Helen and Albert are very well developed...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    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.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,...
  • Zoe
    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 ...
  • Faith
    I was interested in this book because I like stories about old New York. This book covers the period from 1918 to 1939. I was somewhat familiar with Jacob Ruppert, the wealthy owner of both the Ruppert Brewery and the New York Yankees, because I live near the site of the old brewery. Unfortunately, what I thought was going to be historical fiction turned out to be soap opera. The book is written in alternating chapters from the points of view of ...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    What a fantastic book! The Bachelor Girl is set in New York City 1919 - 1939 and is based on real events. The story is told from two different perspectives - Helen Winthrope and Albert Kramer. When Helen Winthrope suddenly falls ill and loses her job it seems as though her life is over. There are limited possibilities for a woman who does not want to marry. But then Colonel Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees, hires her and her life is f...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review4 starsThis was a great historical fiction novel! I was completely absorbed in this story and finished this book pretty quickly, considering it is a long one. The story is told in alternating viewpoints from Helen and Albert and each one had their own distinct voice and each story was engaging. I liked how the novel is inspired by true events and it really gives a realistic view ...
  • 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 :)
  • Anna
    Colonel Jacob Ruppert was an icon in NYC in the early part of the 20th Century. An adept businessman, owner of the NY Yankees, and a Colonel in the National Guard. Despite his notoriety, he kept his personal life very private and had never married. He would occasionally be seen with Helen Weyant (Helen Winthrope in the novel), a young actress he took under his wing. Why did he leave the majority of his fortune to Helen upon his death?Though based...
  • 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.
  • Shirley Schwartz
    This book turned out to be nothing at all what I was expecting. Yes, it is historical fiction and set in New York City from 1923 to 1939. Yes, it is about the original owner of the New York Yankees - Colonel Jacob Ruppert; and yes it about the building of Yankee stadium, the signing of Babe Ruth, and the Yankees run for the pennant in those early years. But what I wasn't expecting, and what turned out to be the whole story behind this book is the...
  • Piepie
    Thank you, Netgalley, for this arc! In Bachelor Girl van Alkemade pulls back the curtain of the early 20th century and shows a sad part of history when particular members of society weren't free to live out in the open with whoever they loved. She mingles fact and fiction into a heartbreaking and beautiful story. I found Bachelor Girl to be just as compelling as the author's previous novel, Orphan #8. I recommend both - they were wonderful!
  • Books and tea
    I was actually disappointed in this novel. I was really looking forward to reading it and felt the description on the book didn't really offer an honest insight to the novel . For one there was a lot more sexual description than I thought there would be, particularly m/m. That's fine in novels when I'm expecting it but I thought this story would focus more on the lives of these bachelor girls and it didn't quite get there for me. In hindsight, I ...
  • 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...
  • Tammy
    Bachelor Girl was a heartwarming story of love and secrets set in NYC in the 20's and 30's. The story touched on a lot of forbidden subjects, homosexuality, abortion, prohibition and racial discrimination.
  • 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...
  • Gaele
    In New York, everyone KNEW Jacob Ruppert: a successful businessman, owner of the Yankees and a touch eccentric is almost everything that the city celebrates. A brewer, a congressman, a colonel in the National Guard and a prodigious owner of the Yankees: acquiring Babe Ruth and building Yankee Stadium, there appeared to be no one who didn’t know him or those close to him. But when his will was read, there was a bequest to a Helen Winthrope that ...
  • Ambur
    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 wha...
  • Taylor (
    Full Review: 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!...
  • Colleen
    Bachelor Girl is inspired by a true event. In 1939, Colonel Jacob Ruppert,a multimillionaire and owner of the New York Yankees, passed away and left the bulk of his estate to an ex-actress who claimed to be "just a friend" to the life-long bachelor. No one has ever discovered the truth behind their relationship, but Kim Van Alkemade has spun a fictional tale of how Helen, and Ruppert's personal secretary Albert, became intertwined with Ruppert an...
  • Lisa
    3.5 Stars!!I truly enjoyed this book...for all the things that it touched on, especially for its time. Abortion, homosexuality, interracial relationships mixed in with history about Jacob Ruppert (owner of Yankees, owner of a brewery in the time of prohibition, eccentric). At times it was slow...but just what I needed after all the dark reads I’ve picked up lately. I enjoyed Helen and her ambition during the time when women just wanted to get m...
  • Judy
    Kim does it again! This is a fascinating book, with a clear-eyed and close look at both race relations and gay/lesbian issues in the 1920s and 1930s, and a story that will keep you guessing from one page to the next.Using baseball as the framework, she tells the (mostly fictional) story of the (actual) bequest left by millionaire New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert in 1939 to an unknown ex-actress who claimed that she was never more than a frien...
  • Donna Hines
    A 1939 historic twist based on an inspirational true story about Jacob Ruppert -millionaire owner of NY Yankees - who bequest his fortune to an unknown actress named Helen Winthrope Weyant.Loyalty in exchange for lavish lifestyle, a new job, a new career, and ultimately a new life for Helen sounded like the perfect package deal being offered from Colonel Jacob. What could go wrong, well other than the fact that office romance bug is coming from A...
  • Elizabeth
    The story was interesting. I thought it was going to be a little bit more fact-based than it turned out to be. I really liked how the book dealt with the idea that people interpret the actions of others through the lenses of their own preconceptions and experiences.Because of the title, I thought the focus of the story would be Helen. However, it seemed as if the story centered around Albert more than it did around her. Which wasn't too bad, sinc...
  • Tara Chevrestt
    Not what I expected at all. For some reason I thought it would be more about a woman inheriting and running the Yankees than what I ended up getting. Yes, it starts with Helen inheriting the Yankees but then it goes way back to everyone's younger days and from there takes forever to get anywhere in my opinion. And every other chapter is about a "Pansy". And before everyone jumps on me, this is what he calls himself. And frankly it felt too forced...
  • 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.