The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room

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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?
Publisher: New York City : New American Library, 2016
ISBN: 9780451474629
Branch Call Number: FICTION Whi
Description: 371 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Beatriz
Willig, Lauren


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Sep 16, 2018

A pretty good read, just a tad hard to keep the plots straight jumping between three different sets of characters at three different historical times.

Dec 02, 2016

One of my favorites; Historical fiction about one building, three different time periods and how the "Forgotten Room" connects all three main characters. Each chapter is about one of the women in their specific time, what is happening in their lives and the "Forgotten Room". The ending is excellent, when we find out how all three main characters are related to the room. This book is written by three women authors

Nov 29, 2016

Very interesting book. I quite enjoyed it and the story about three generations

ArapahoeKati Nov 15, 2016

This trio writes so well together--you won't be able to tell who's who! Looking forward to another great historical fiction novel from them (they just starting writing another this November!).

Oct 28, 2016

Excellent book. Hard to put down.

ArapahoeAlice Sep 19, 2016

A story of three generations of women written by three authors. It's done so well, I didn't recognize when different authors were writing different characters or sections. The three women each has a "forbidden" romance that they must make a decision about. I thought the plot twists were clever and enjoyed the heartfelt romantic relationships because they so well written. It's a great read.

karcoldelharvic5 Apr 15, 2016

Well written book. Could not even guess where one author changed.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 06, 2016

Three authors writing a book together could have been tricky, and yet it's extremely well executed in this case. This is a multigenerational tale of three women (in 1892, 1920, and 1944) who are connected through a secret attic room in a Gilded Age mansion. The writing is seamless -- despite being quite familiar with the writing of two of the three authors (Williams and Willig), I have no idea who was responsible for writing which character -- and the premise is interesting and results in a plot full of twists and turns that kept me flipping pages late into the night. This book has a bittersweet ending -- some characters get their happy ending, others not so much -- and I was more moved by it than I expected to be. Recommended for fans of the authors' previous works, plus anyone who loves glamorous, romantic historical fiction.


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