Review: The Forgotten Room

Title: The Forgotten Room: A Novel
Author: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig

Publisher: NAL
Published: January 19, 2016
ISBN: 9780451474629
Paperback, ARC, 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher


New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century....

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?

The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant storytellers.

My Thoughts:

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig is an epic historical novel about the power of love. The three authors flawlessly tell the story of three women who capture your heart from the first page: Kate, Olive, and Lucy. Each character's story is beautifully written and captivating as their lives are intertwined by love and loss and mystery.

The Forgotten Room spans three generations of strong women, each with a secret that centers around a house on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Each story is as powerful as the next. This is one of my favorite books of 2016, so far. Yes, I know it's only January, but once I started reading, I didn't want to stop.

I was a little worried about a novel written by three different authors, but my fears were soon put to rest after I began reading the novel because their styles blended perfectly. I only hope White, Williams, and Willig decide to collaborate again in the future. Because this story was . . . wow!

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