Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Forgotten Room

It is Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day!  It is a day to be positive and optimistic.  You should look on the bright side.  The glass is half full instead of half empty!  No matter how bad a day you are having, you should find one positive thing (it can be hard some days).  On this day in 1858 Bernadette Soubirous (now Saint Bernadette) had the vision of the The Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto near the town of Lourdes, France. The water at the grotto are said to have healing properties. Other historical events that occurred on February 11 are Henry VIII in England is recognized at the head of Church of England in 1534 (for the church he created), in 1794 the first session of the United States Senate opens to the public, and the BBC (in Britain) produces the first science fiction television program in 1938.

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig.  It is a novel about three women from three different eras, but their stories are all connected (sounds confusing and it is at first).  Olive Van Allen Is working as a maid in the Pratt mansion in 1892 to find information that will help clear her father’s name (and get a little revenge).  Lucy Young is working as a secretary in a law office in 1920 and trying to find out about her birth father.  Lucy found out recently that the father who raised her is not her biological father.  Kate Schuyler is a doctor in 1942.  Captain Cooper Ravenel is brought in with a bad leg.  Kate saves his leg and nurses him back to health. Cooper (delirious when he arrives) calls her Victorine and that he has been drawing her face his whole life.  Captain Ravenel has a small miniature portrait that resembles Kate.  How is this possible?  How are these women connected and what are their stories?

I do not want to say too much and give away the novel.  The Forgotten Room drew me in right away.  I enjoyed the story.  You would not know that the book was written by three different writers.  The book is very well-written, engaging, and a delight to read.  I just kept reading until the book ended.  I love how all the storylines tied together into one beautiful story.  The first 31% of the book is a wee bit confusing, but then it will all click.  The Forgotten Room is a pleasure to read. The story has romance and mystery that are beautifully woven together.  I give The Forgotten Room 5 out of 5 stars.  I hope you will give The Forgotten Room a try (you will not regret it). 

You can follow Lauren Willig and Karen White on Amazon (get updates on new books).  I received a complimentary copy of The Forgotten Room from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently enjoying A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan (I just received it from Revell).  I hope everyone has a positively wonderful Thursday!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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