Title: The Forgotten Room
Author: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
Publish Date: January 19, 2016
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "1945: When the
critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private
hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is
drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in
her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.
is the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature who looks so much
like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate
by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn
into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from
riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father
designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan
in pursuit of the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper
ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room? "
My Two Cents:
"The Forgotten Room" is a historical fiction book by three powerhouse authors and I was so excited to read it based on the authors alone. What I found in the book was a fantastic story line set in three different time periods that all center on an interwoven family and a building that has seen many lives.
In this book, we meet Olive, whose story takes place during the 1890s, Lucy, whose story takes place during the 1920s, and Kate, whose story takes place during the 1940s. Each of these women is connected in a surprising way. The authors do a great job of dropping little hints throughout the book to start making the connections between the main characters. It was enough to keep me reading to see what I would find out next. Each of the stories is a love story of sorts, which I loved.
The characters in this book are great. I especially loved Kate. Kate is a woman before her time. She becomes a doctor when it was not common for a woman to become a doctor. She always feels like she has to prove herself and prove herself she does. Although Kate was my favorite, the other main characters and the secondary characters were well drawn and interesting.
Overall, this is a great pick for historical fiction fans and fans of these fab authors!