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The Lindbergh Nanny

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Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. It's such a great mix of history and fiction.

I think the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby is probably one of the most notorious, and debated crimes. The Lindbergh Nanny takes this on well and is such a well-written and fascinating read.

I sincerely appreciate the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Lindberg Nanny shares about one of the most famous cases of the 1930s. While most of the book is based on facts, the author does interject fictional elements throughout. The book is told through the eyes of the Nanny as she watches everything unfold in front of her. For those who enjoy historical fiction, this is a must-read.

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Unfortunately, I had to DNF this book. I tried both the e-book and audiobook and just couldn't connect to the story or characters. As someone who loves historical fiction, especially fiction based on actual events, I had big hopes for this one but at 30% I had to call it quits.

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Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books for an Advanced Reader Copy of The Lindbergh Nanny.

I love historical fiction so this was a real treat. You can tell that the author did their research on the actual events surrounding the Lindbergh kidnapping. This event was something that I had learned about, but it didn’t really catch my attention until this book.

Betty Gow is at the center of this book after her charge is kidnapped under her care. I appreciated the point of view offered through Betty’s lens. I appreciated that the author made sure to keep as much as possible true to the reality of the case.

The writing was wonderful and this was a solid read for historical fiction fans!

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I really tried with this one, but Historical fiction just isn’t fully my jam sometimes. It was just really hard to get into.

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This was a very good historical fiction novel. Well written. Well researched. And very well delivered. Thank you to NetGalley and. the publisher.!

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The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks is the story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., told from the perspective of his nanny, Betty Gow. The author did a good job presenting a historically accurate depiction of this terrible crime, and I thought the reimagining of the story through the nanny's eyes was an interesting point of view. Thanks to NetGalley for the free digital review copy. All opinions are my own.

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This book has a different quality about it that makes it very easy to read and make you think about it after you put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

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This was a very good and interesting book. I really enjoyed reading it and read it in one day! I would definitely recommend this book!

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I grew up hearing about the Lindbergh kidnapping and it's one of those true crime mysteries that has always captured my attention. I found this book captivating and loved reading from Betty's (the nanny) point of view. A tale of fact and fiction that I couldn't put down!

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC copy.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This book is a very interesting look at the Lindbergh nurse, who was prevelant in the case at the time , but has been lost to history. The author used many accounts to write this book , and although a work of fiction it draws on fact. This book was very enjoyable and hard to put down.

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I have a hard time rating this book because I have mixed feelings on it. I didn’t know much about the Lindbergh Baby case before reading this book and I think that allowed me to enjoy it a bit more than I may have.

The things done well in this book are done REALLY well. The number one thing being the research. Fredericks definitely put A LOT of time into her research and it’s an incredibly accurate telling of the events (with of course some fictional liberties to tell a story). She even has a Fact Vs Fiction section at the end that goes into even more detail about where she made changes and simplified things. I respect how much work, time, and effort she put into making this book accurate. The second thing that is done really well is the writing. There is absolutely no doubt that Fredericks is a good writer. She weaves a fact and fiction so well together and has a wonderful ability to make you feel like you’re in the story.

I think telling the story from Betty Gow’s perspective was really smart. It made for a compelling and interesting book. Betty was relatable and likable. It wasn’t hard to like her or care about her story/role in the events. She was someone you wanted to root for and you wanted her to get to the bottom of what happened to baby Charles.

The reason I have mixed feelings on this book is because I did find that the story was slow-moving. The kidnapping doesn’t happen until probably 3/4 of the way through the book. I can understand this – Fredericks was building a story and narrative. The whole point was to get to know Betty and her relationship with the baby. However, I did think that it dragged on for a bit. I also felt that once it got to the trial, it was a lot of information dumping to try to wrap up the events. I also did feel some emotion was lacking in the story. Since this is a true story based on a tragedy, I did expect it to be a little more emotional.

With all this being said, I did enjoy the book overall and it was really well-written. I would absolutely read another book by Fredericks. If you like historical fiction, especially based on real events, then I definitely recommend giving this one a read.

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I did not even know this was a real life story so I had to look it up. The author really did their research for this book which is extremely important to me as a reader. The author did a phenomenal job blending facts and fiction for this historical fiction novel. I truly did enjoy this read!

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I've recently read some of Anne Morrow's writings and letters, and was intrigued enough to pick up this book knowing that it is historical fiction. Based on Anne's writings and further research, this book is more of an 'inspired by a true story' novel, and unfortunately was just average for me.

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Read this for book club. Thought it would be more of a thriller/historical fiction novel. It was very slow moving. The story pacing was just not my style. It took way too long to set up the main part of the story. The writing was good, very good descriptive writing. The last 20% of the book was better, but I didn’t find myself totally invested in the story. It helped that it was based on real events and it’s so sad what happened to the Lindbergh’s first son. Overall it was an okay book but not one of my favorites.

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In 1932 the famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, suffered a parent’s worst nightmare – the kidnapping of his son. The family were told most children were returned after a ransom was paid. The case got national attention and the staff was under intense scrutiny. How had someone slipped into the nursery and stolen the child? Were employees of the Lindbergh’s complicit?

This is the fictional story of what it might have been like for Betty, the young woman who was the child’s nanny. She was a dedicated caregiver and devastated by the crime. The probe of her actions, her past and her associations, puts the young girl into a stressful situation. But she’s not the only one they question and suspect.

Fredericks explores Betty’s life before and after the kidnapping, her relationship with the Lindberghs and the upheaval caused by the kidnapping. Even today questions persist about just how the crime occurred. Here Fredericks imagines the circumstances and the impact on those in the household.

The story is very engaging. Almost everyone has heard of the infamous crime but are not familiar with the specifics. Learning about the family dynamics and the staff makes the tragedy more of a human story with the strong characters and touching relationships like the one Betty has with the little boy Charlie. Readers will be drawn to the young woman as the story unfolds of her job as nanny and her friendships inside and outside the house. A fascinating story about a crime that is steeped in mystery.

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This was an interesting read! It definitely had me wondering if it really did happen that way and I love books that get me thinking and makes me wonder! I enjoyed getting to know the main character and the pace of the story was just right! Good read!

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The Lindbergh Nanny is the perfect example of historical fiction. Mariah Fredericks takes the reader on a journey from the perspective of the nanny that some could argue loved Charlie Lindbergh more than anyone else. The liberties taken with the facts in mind are gripping, twisting, and constantly making the reader wonder if there was even more to the story. A must read for fans of Fiona Davis, Marie Benedict, and Beatriz Williams.

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I've tried multiple times, but I always wind up putting this book down and moving on to something else. Ultimately, the writing style just doesn't work for me.

DNF

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As I was starting to read the book, I was surprised to find the author’s note on thé first page. It specifically said what happened to thé baby and who was charged for thé kidnapping.

As I was looking forward for somekind of suspense, I no longer felt interested in thé story. I Wonder why it was done this way and not as an afterthought.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me a complimentary e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

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