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  • An outspoken and compassionate heroine

    A Feigned Madness, journalist Tonya Mitchell’s debut historical fiction novel, reveals Elizabeth Cochrane, the real identity behind an up-and-coming reporter, who goes by Nellie Bly, at the turn of the 19th century. Relegated to covering boring cultural events, even after she proves her mettle as a more serious investigator at a Pittsburgh newspaper, Elizabeth Cochrane moves to New York to try to sell stories to The World. The World accepts her proposal to write about the infamous Blackwell’s insane asylum - from the inside. Now, she has to figure out how to fake her way in. Once she does, she fears for the poor women who, unlike her, can’t escape Blackwell’s cruel treatment. She uses her write up (as Nellie Bly) not only to impress The World but also to mete out justice upon Blackwell’s administrators. A budding romance running alongside the main plot enhances the portrayal of Cochrane’s deep capacity for love as well as her struggle to speak her mind. Cochrane and George McCain communicate covertly, through poetic flower language, adding to the intrigue of Cochrane’s lofty schemes. She is shown standing up for the downtrodden in stories about factory working conditions and about the YMCA. George advocates for her work and warns her about the costs involved in going too far. Although she appreciates his care, it only encourages her to take the biggest risk of all: Blackwell’s. The novel’s driving flow pulls readers in immediately and continuously to Cochrane’s determined goals. Despite McCain’s wooing and her smitten heart, she never loses sight of her aims to keep writing for the benefit of all women. Tonya Mitchell’s story of Nellie Bly breaking into the masculine world of journalism is every bit as thrilling as the exposé that cinches her fame.

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  • Absolutely unputdownable...

    Just loved it... A great story...even more because of the true background story and characters

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  • Completely enthralling.

    This book was so interesting. I could totally relate to Elizabeth. Some was hard to read but so eye opening. Loved the author told many details that were true.

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  • Exciting, Suspenseful and Unforgettable!

    I throughly enjoyed this book. It picks up very quickly and holds your interest throughout! I found myself reading long into the night a few times because I just had to see what was going to happen!! Elizabeth Cochrane is a character of immense bravery and strength of spirit. If you are looking for a historically based, unputdownable novel, this is an excellent read!

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