The Abduction of Nelly Don

The Abduction of Nelly Don

by Patrice Williams Marks


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ISBN-13: 9781538066171
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 883,680
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Abduction of Nelly Don 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a true story. It is about an actual biographical event. It should be made into a movie. I think everyone should read this at least once before it becomes a movie. Simone24
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite The Abduction of Nelly Don by Patrice Williams Marks is a historical fiction novel based on the real kidnapping of Nell Donnelly during the 1930s Great Depression. Nell grew up poor, but had a knack for making her own clothing. When she was old enough, she left her family home, and met and married Paul Donnelly. After making clothing for some neighborhood friends, Nell contemplated going into business for herself. With the support of her husband, she made a business plan and got her garment company off the ground. However, one afternoon, a gang of men kidnap Nell and demand a ransom for her safe return, a seemingly common practice at the time. The novel chronicles the measures the police and government go to in order to get Nell home alive. The Abduction of Nelly Don by Patrice Williams Marks did have great potential as a historical fiction novel. It was an interesting case at the time, the kidnapping of a famous clothing maker. The story was fast-paced, and it was fascinating to learn about such an overlooked case, as everyone relates the Great Depression to prohibition and overwhelming poverty. I found it interesting also that law enforcement and politicians got other criminals involved to find out information about Nell’s kidnapping, and how to retrieve her alive from the gang who took her. Overall, I enjoyed this novel, and would recommend it to readers who enjoy thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on true events (although it seems some names were changed) made the reader feel as though they were back in 1930's America; when prohibition, the depression, organized crime and want to be gangsters were the order of the day. When the few who remained rich became the targets of those who were not. It is a well researched and well written book using the language of the times. DISCLOSURE: I received this product for free in exchange for an unbiased review.