Written by three talented authors of historical fiction (Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White), The Forgotten Room tells the story of three women in fascinating times: the Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, and 1945. (And check out that cover! Beautiful!)
Olive Van Alen, daughter of a famous architect who took his own life, lives during the Gilded Age just before the turn of the century. She works as a maid at the very mansion her father designed, hoping to unearth the reason for her father’s suicide. But when she meets one of the household’s sons, her plans take a different turn.
Lucy Young is living life as an independent woman of the 1920’s, working hard as a secretary at a successful law firm. But her heart is broken after the loss of her mother, and her mind is preoccupied with the mystery her mother’s last words held.
Kate Schuyler is a young doctor working harder than her male counterpart during WWII at the Gilded Age mansion that’s been converted into a hospital. When a strikingly handsome and severely wounded corporal arrives the steady ground beneath her seems to shift, calling into question everything she thought she knew.
As the authors take us through these riveting times, we slowly discover the connection among these three women–their loves, their sorrows, and their joys. So profound is the message that one decision can affect generations to come. I devoured this novel, the mystery unfolding before me in unpredictable ways, unsure of how it would all come together in the end (I love when that happens, don’t you?). Such an enjoyable read!
The Forgotten Room is being released January 19th! Pre-order your copy now!
(NetGalley provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review; cover photo from publisher’s website, Penguin Random House)