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.
ARC received for review.
When I first saw this had three authors I frankly thought it was going to a train wreck but I was thankfully proved incorrect. Far from breaking up the flow and making it unreadable the varying viewpoints came together to make for a very enjoyable story.
I must admit that while I did like all three characters my favorite was Lucy (from the 1920s) because she was just a compelling person and someone you couldn't wait to read more about. Plus, she had great lines such as:
He had to be drunk. There was no other explanation. Drunk or mad.
Overall, this was a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable read. Each character's story, while completely different and equally intriguing, wove together seamlessly to provide a cohesive and charming read with hearty doses of romance, mystery, and adventure. I certainly highly recommend this to old and new fans of the authors alike.
★★★★☆ = Really Liked It