The Mad Girls of New York by Maya Rodale review is here. This title just drew me in. Even though I rarely read historical romance, I could not help with this one and am so glad I went out of my comfort zone.
This is a fictionalized story of famous 19th-century reporter Nellie Bly based on her life story and real-life events. Nellie is a fearless reporter of her time in New York City. She will stop at nothing to get to the truth and expose the injustices that are done against women.
This book was so powerful and inspiring. I would recommend it to not only historical fiction lovers but also to anyone looking to read an interesting, gripping and inspirational story!
Nellie Bly moves to New York from Philadelphia to pursue her dream of being a true journalist who gets to write exciting stories in the headlines or front pages. Back in those days, there were barely any women reporters, and the ones that were only got to write stories for the “ladies’ pages.” After being turned down by many newspapers, she receives a very challenging assignment. New York World challenges her to an assignment she’d be mad to accept and mad to refuse: go undercover as a patient at Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum for Women.
Nellie agrees to take on the assignment. She feels that she must uncover the reality of what is happening there. She also realizes the only way to do so is to commit herself as a patient!
Nellie is so fearless and strong. As the story details what is happening at the asylum, it gets sad and heavy at times. But the story also shows how coming together and helping each other even through such hard times can improve things.
The only thing I did not love about the book was the romantic plot line with the rival reporter Sam Colton. I was too invested in Nellie and her story and did not feel the need for anything else! Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend checking it out. I am interested to see the upcoming books in the Nellie Bly series.
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