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The Abduction of Nelly Don

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  29 reviews

"With a well-paced plot, mounting tension, and a surprising (real) twist at the end, this is a good book."
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It’s December 17, 1931. Nelly Don, millionaire fashion designer, has been kidnapped. It’s no ordinary kidnapping and no ordinary rescue attempt. Before it’s over, a
Published (first published January 1st 2015)
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Nesly Clerge
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given my busy schedule, my average reading time for a novel is usually a week but I was able to read this novel in only two days. The abduction of Nelly Don is a story bursting with twists and turns. I personally love psychological thrillers but I am now adding true crime to my repertoire. Nelly Donnelly is the owner of a very successful and profitable clothing company. She didn’t suddenly stumble on her wealth; in fact, she had risen from humble origins to amass immense wealth. Nelly is ambitio ...more
DJ Harris
Let me start this review by revealing a few things about myself; I when received this ebook I agreed to give it an 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 ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**

This book is based on a true story, and I really enjoyed reading this, and loved being thrown back in time to the 1930's. The author has done a great job at writing about this period time and I really got engrossed into the story from the get go. It does start off slow but it sets the story up, we learn all about Nelly and how she basically went from nothing to having her own clothing company. It was a fascinating read how she
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Abduction of Nelly Don by Parrice Williams Marks What a story this turned out to be. You see how a woman had to work and get up in the world. Though most of this deal on kidnapping, You see what it like in 1930's. It more crime and Mystery of who is creating all the mayhem.
A Senator wanted to help a close friend and son. Though when he could not help them. He get another chance. Will he do everything to find Nelly Don?  You learn and get twist and surprises around every corner.
As you read,
Linda Quick
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fictionalized account of a true story - the kidnapping of Nelly Donnelly. I was unfamiliar with her story and found it fascinating. While reading this novel, I found myself googling the actual event for additional information.

For me, this book began very slowly and there was almost too much information and dialogue in the first half of the book. It was almost overwhelming and tedious. However, by the halfway point, this book really grabbed my attention and kept me engrossed until the
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True story, I couldn't put it down!

This was my first read by Patrice Williams Marks, but it won't be my last. I also love reading a mystery or drama and knowing that it is based on a true story. It adds an extra edge of intrigue to the characters and the situations they find themselves in.

Set in the era of speakeasies, prohibition, and the Great Depression, Nelly Don is a woman of unusual character. The story begins as Nelly is finding her place as a successful entrepreneur, and then finding he
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I received this book for free thru and Early Reviewers contest on Goodreads. This story which is 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. As someone with an ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a throughly enjoyable read. The dialogue was great, thug speak from a bygone era. All the characters well developed. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a little suspense. Nicely done.
Danielle Urban
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Abduction of Nelly Don is half real and half fiction. Patrice Williams Marks has brilliantly put together a novel for readers to remember and enjoy the life of one independent woman. A young woman who learned at an early age how to bargain and where her talents lay. She soon set herself up for a huge business in making dresses and other clothes that many would enjoy. Not only was clothes making her talent but also Nelly Don had a good heart where her workers were concerned. Never have I read ...more
Heather Osborne
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 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 some clothing for some neighborhood friends, Nell contemplated going into business for herself. With the support of her husband, she m
I love reading stories set in historic times. This one was back during the time of prohibition and mobsters. I also love true stories and this was based on an actual event and kidnapping. Having written that, I now feel it lacked something. Perhaps the characters needed to be fleshed out more. I was happy with the ending, but it was predictable. I knew what was coming in Nell's life other than the kidnapping and that part was nice. Just okay...
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-readers
I was fortunate to have won this ebook via Booklikes.

I must admit that I had never heard of Nellie Don prior to reading this book. It aroused my interest enough to want to research Nellie Don. What a woman! I rarely write a blurb as to what the story is about, for fear of spoiling for others. I do recommend this book. I enjoy watching crime or the history channels on tv and I believe this would make excellent viewing on tv one day.

I have always been a big fan of true crime stories and this book was one of the very, very best. Once I started reading I absolutely couldn't stop until it was over. Also. what an unexpected and completely mind blowing conclusion. WOW. This is a definite must read.
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

An intriguing and exciting adventure into the life of Nelly Don and her fashions. It is an interesting cameo into the life and times of politics and societal needs of the time. The post scripts into the lives of the main characters is an added bonus.
Willadale Meeks-Smid
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: so-so
This book is based on a true story; however, I found it frustrating in some areas because it embellished the story a bit too much for my liking.

The e-book version of the story definitely needed a better proof reader -there were quite a few typos. The tense changes within a paragraph (and sometimes within one sentence) is off-putting but the reader just has to ignore them and not let them become a nuisance.

I recommend this book with the proviso that the reader keep in mind that it is fiction even
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent if a tiny bit short read, this story had a little bit of everything. There is romance, action, intrigue, and a lot of interesting characters in this story. We even get a slow building romance toward the end of the novel between Nelly and Senator Reed that leaves the story hopeful. Paul makes an interesting and conflicted character who is self-centered and mean with a very contradictory personality. In one scene he goes from lamenting his missing wife and his love for her to a woman ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So for those of you who have read my blog and my reviews know that without a doubt I am a HUGE book lover! I mean I have over 200 books.. #noshame ;) So you can just imagine how excited I was to get to review ‘The Abduction of Nelly Don’. Plus it’s based on a true story, who doesn’t love those? I will admit I have never heard of the story of Nelly Don prior to this book but it defiantly intrigued my curiosity! (so naturally I googled it lol). I have got to say I love reading any book that are da ...more
True crime isn't really my typical genre, but this showed up in my recommendations for my e-reader and it was reasonably priced so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, as I enjoyed this.

Even though this is a fictionalized story, it is based on real events surrounding the actual abduction of Nelly Donnelly, and I found it not only an engrossing story about the kidnapping and how it turned out, but also really enjoyed how the various people involved were portrayed by the author.

This story
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Book Disclaimer: I won this book in a BookLikes giveaway.
Rating: 3 stars
Review: I'm a bit torn about this book. I did not know anything about Nelly Don prior to winning this book, but I'm a sucker for thrillers. I also was intrigued about the fact that it was based on a true story. First, I think that there should be something stating that this is a fictionalized account, based on a true story. I was very confused in the beginning because I did not understand that about the book. Second
Margaret Millmore
Nelly Don is an ambitious and creative woman with her own opinions and determination—that sounds like a lot of women in the 21st century, but this story takes place in the 1930s and its based on a true story.

Nelly is a successful business woman in an era where men ran the world, but she doesn’t care, her intelligence and business savvy allow her to build an empire and although her personal life isn’t ideal, it’s working for her. When she’s kidnapped, it turns everything upside down for those th
Jacqueline The Pufflehuffle Kitteh
I decided to read this one to take a break away from the theme of books I had been currently reading. When I first received it, I thought it sounded familiar. Got about 15% in to realise I'd actually previously read it. I'd read it back when it first came out early January 2015.

Having now attempted to reread it I have realised this book just isn't for me. I appreciated that it was based on an interested true story, but I struggled with it. I don't know what it was in particular that put me off,
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Considering this is based on a true story, the author had a fantastic base plot already. The only good thing about the book was the base plot (the reason for the second star)! The writing was poor. The character development was terrible. It's like the author was very juvenile and had never written anything before. Then the publisher didn't even review the book before pressing publish. I was very disappointed. I hope someone else takes this true story and writes a better book.
Lucy Magat
I was a little confused throughout the story but other than that, it was amazing! I find this book to be a little advance for readers my age (which is probably why I was a little bit confused). I was very intrigued by Nelly Don and her life. I love how the author included how the lives of the people went after this kidnapping. Definitely worth a read!
Brenda Shelton
Interesting Story

I had never heard of this case, but liked reading about and imagining the times back then and the cops and robbers mentality that was prevalent during that period of time I n history.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found this true crime drama from the 1930s so interesting. It is about the kidnapping of Nelly Donnelly, a strong, independent woman, and the man who risks his political career to rescue her. I loved how it read like a novel but was filled with historical facts. Quite fascinating.
Shirley Steiniger
Excellent book. Loved the story and the way it was written, I felt as though I was there and had dreams about how the next chapter would go. Kept my attention and will love reading other books by this author.
Cathey Dalton
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept your interest

The book was well written. It kept your interest and read fast. The characters were believable. Ok couldn't wait till the end..
Patsy Bishop
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting read, not sure about how much is true. Some suspense and a surprise ending.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist, non-fiction
This is a great book! You'll love it if you like books based on true stories. I couldn't put it down.
Looking forward to reading more books fom this author.
rated it liked it
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