The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

The Magnolia Palace

What a great follow-up from THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE. Davis has managed to bring us another winner of a historical novel by delving deeply into the Frick family of NYC. Most of what Davis writes is based on fact.

Most families have some darkness in their attics. The Frick family had more than their share. The riches they possessed did not make up for the tragedy. The temperament of both the patriarch Henry and his daughter Helen did nothing to endear them to the world.

The secrets kept for years are unearthed through a series of puzzles that will keep you on your toes as you’re shown around the Frick mansion and all its artwork and massiveness. What happened to the great pink Magnolia diamond? And why was it such an integral part of the story?

Davis does much to show the vast differences between the way the “help” lived verses the extreme wealth of the rich. The relationships between Miss Helen and the people who work for her is tenuous at best. She, being high strung, was prone to strange bouts of edginess and fear. But who was she really?

The novel takes place in two time periods. And gives us a lot of information about the artwork in the Frick Collection, In fact, you may wish to visit this website.

It’s quite refreshing to find a novel so well researched and compelling with characters who sizzle and pop on the page.

I read my review copy digitally and have netgalley to thank as well as Dutton Books, a division of Penguin Random House. All in exchange for an honest review. It’s a keeper. It’s going to be a big hit this season!

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