(Based on a True Story)
Let me start this review by revealing a few things about myself; I received this ebook at no charge in return for my honest review, I abhor time pieces, and I have lived through the kidnapping (and safe return) of my oldest biological son. I started this story with a chip on my shoulder, a preconceived conclusion that I would dislike the book no matter what it was, I was wrong! I can assure you that even though this book is a "True Story", you won't get bogged down in the details. The story flows an twists when and where it should. With a manuscript jam-packed full of close calls, kidnappings, organized crime, and a do-gooder politician on a mission there is not one page of this book that isn't superb!
The Great Depression was in full swing, but the Harts were living the American Dream, until that fateful day when they weren't. A carefree handsome young man, Brooke Hart, was kidnapped. Senator Reed was called upon to help with the case, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to assist. Senator Reed didn't become discouraged, but was impassioned with determination when yet another victims name crossed his desk, Nell Donnelly.
Nell Donnelly, or Nelly, was a self-made millionaire in the 1930s. She made her fortune by creating not so everyday dresses for ordinary women. She had tapped into an untainted market and struck gold!
Not only was Nelly ahead of the pack in the fashion world, she was also ahead of her time as an employer. She employed over 1000 people, mostly women; whom she paid above-average wages, gave paid leave, provided vacation time, she assisted with paying higher education costs, and she paid for childcare. She was so loved and admired by her employees that when unions tried to come in and organize in her factory they were unsuccessful. The employees had nothing to complain about.
Reed refused to have his demands open to interpretation or debate, “Send out your men by the car loads. Use whatever means you deem necessary to find her.”
I fell in love with Senator Reed as his character grew impatient with the ineffective police efforts surrounding the Nell Donnelly case. You just knew he would do anything for Nelly's return when he enlisted the help of two of Kansas City's most notorious crime bosses to get the job done. There was just not enough budget or manpower to solve cases like Nelly's on the up and up. Her abduction coming just before the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping, and after several other high-profile crimes, Nelly was falling thru the cracks. Senator Reed wasn't gonna let that happen!
I'd about died when Paul, Nelly's significant other, read the ransom note. His character should have known better to dismiss it. Then the torn and ravaged dress arrived, could things get any worse? What should be expected from such a dishonest unfaithful man!
This story is better then fiction! Pour yourself a drink, light up a coffin stick, and curl up with this twisted historical tale, be ready you won't be able to set it down!
“Twenty-nine hours ago, Mrs. Nell Donnelly of the Donnelly Garment Company was abducted from our peaceful streets.” There were murmurs from the swarm of people. “Nelly Don is not just another face in the crowd. Yes, she could easily be your sister, your wife, or your mother. In fact she is all of those things to her family, and one thousand employed workers as well. The Donnellys have single-handedly turned Kansas City into the thriving manufacturing center that our country has come to know. And how are they repaid?” Reed switched his approach to something a bit more personal. “David is her three-month old son. Her husband Paul is at home, taking care of David, awaiting precious word. We know these men are from outside the area and that they are linked to Brook Hart’s kidnapping and murder.” The crowd gasped. “All of America should insist, nay demand, in one collective voice, that the barbarous kidnappers be tracked down and brought to justice so they shall never again escape God’s divine will.”
About the Author
Patrice Williams Marks penned her first book in third grade; The Day Snoopy Got Married. While it didn't make the NY Times Best Seller List, it was an instant classic with the Nacca Valley Elementary School staff. From that moment forward, Patrice knew she was a writer. With a zest for travel and an insatiable appetite for all things vintage and period, Patrice uses her investigative journalism background to create authentic characters to occupy the pages of her books. Patrice has a talent for shining a light on riveting, obscure true stories from times past and generating page turners.
When Patrice Williams Marks first came across the story of Nell Donnelly back in 2013, she found the story of her kidnapping so compelling that she knew it was up to her to tell the story. Patrice had no idea that putting pen to paper would result in such a historically important or entertaining novel coming to fruition.
Nelly cleared her throat, feeling a bit uncomfortable. “I am working diligently to put all bad thoughts and memories behind me, and that means not repeating the story ever again.”
- File Size: 2637 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Circa Publishing (June 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010RD2PX4
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