The Ingenue, a review by Shelley

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Rachel Kapelke-Dale

St. Martin’s Press
Expected Publication December 6th, 2022
320 pages
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I really enjoyed The Ballerinas by this author and was so excited to be approved for this one and let me tell you Rachel Kapelke-Dale did not disappoint. I absolutely loved the format of this book. Each chapter starts with a part from Saskia’s mother’s book “Fairy Tales for Little Feminists“. We then get a few paragraphs from Saskia’s teenage years, then each chapter ends with Saskia dealing with her father and her mother’s estate following the death of her mom.

What can I say other than wow? This book was so intriguing, sucked me in right away, and kept me engaged throughout. I loved how angst-filled teenaged Saskia was and how well the author had that come across, I felt it viscerally. The #metoo theme was brilliantly put front and center and the character development was masterful. I so enjoyed learning about Saskia when she was a piano prodigy and how she came to be in the situation she found herself in. When we finally solve the mystery of why Patrick is receiving the house, her mother’s love jumped from the page. The writing and the plot were both poetic and the ending was surprising and satisfyingly perfect. I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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