Thursday, January 21, 2016

Review: The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig

Title: The Forgotten Room
Author: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
Format: ARC
Publisher: NAL
Publish Date: January 19, 2016
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "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.

Who 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!

1 comment:

  1. This one is on my TBR. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I'm familiar with Karen White but have not yet read anything by the other two authors.


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