Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

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Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

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Her novels have been chosen as "One Book, One Community" reads and her articles have appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal and O the Oprah magazine.

Many thanks to Dutton / Penguin Group, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this engaging book prior to its January 25, 2022 publication date. The Magnolia Palace” features the Frick Museum, one of New York City’s most striking Gilded Age mansions.Henry Clay Frick launched the Frick Collection in the Frick Art Reference Library and still considered "one of the most hated men in America", which led to an attempted assassination on him. Lillian gets drawn into the of the family and absorbed into their drama of secrets, jealousies, and betrayals she never imagined. The father is dying, the mother is distraught over a daughter's death, the brother has run away to Long Island with his wife, and Helen is left to manage everything. In The Magnolia Palace, two very different women from two eras enter the Gilded Age realm of famous industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick and his imperious daughter Helen and become part of a thrilling mystery centered on the Frick mansion that stretches through the decades. Fiona Davis is at the top of her game in this intriguing, high-stakes novel about an iconic New York City landmark, the Frick mansion, and two women, fifty years apart, whose stories intersect within it.

In Lillian's timeline, she finds that working as Helen's secretary offers her a better life - until her cover is blown, and her whole world falls apart. Once again, using her trademark brilliance, Fiona Davis transports her readers into a mysterious past lurking beneath the surface of our modern day world. Unbeknownst to Angelica, Helen, the daughter of the wealthy industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick, was interviewing candidates for the position of her own personal secretary. Nearly fifty years later, mod English model Veronica Weber has her own chance to make her career—and with it, earn the money she needs to support her family back home—within the walls of the former Frick residence, now converted into one of New York City's most impressive museums.He had been unrelentingly polite to her since she'd knocked on his studio door last week, asking if he needed a model. Veronica's worried about leaving her mum and sister Polly behind in England, and she wants to make enough money to take care of Polly who has special needs. I had trouble putting it down as I became involved in Lillian's predicament of being so entrenched in the Frick family instead of following her dream of being a Hollywood star. Then in the 60's we follow a model who works a photo shoot at the Frick mansion and ends up discovering lost clues to a decades old scavenger hunt.

Author Fiona Davis chooses interesting buildings as structure or backdrop to her historical fiction novels. It's a part of the job, but things start to unravel when an important jewel disappears, lies are exposed, and even worse, death. Since 2007, Austenprose has championed Jane Austen and her legacy by featuring information about her life, work, and times. The Frick family is high society, and the more time Lilian spends with the family the more she becomes entangled in the family drama.Veronica had stumbled upon the clues as she was fumbling her way around in the dark, slipped, and saw pages sticking out of organ pipes.

To have one last look at the almond-colored eyes-a mirror of her own-but edged with a spiderweb of wrinkles.In 1919, a young model runs away only to be mistaken as a new personal secretary candidate for Helen Frick. Another brilliant historical thriller from Davis, this time set in a Gilded Age mansion in New York City. Her belly full but her change purse nearly empty, Lillian dawdled in the stairwell of her apartment building, trying to get a glimpse inside Mr. Fiona Davis walks the historical fiction tightrope with grace and elan, in this case bringing the Frick family to life, with all their demons and flaws, as well as the muse behind so many of Manhattan's most iconic statues.

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