Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Forgotten Room

Idgie Says:
This is a lovely  - and frustrating - set of stories about 3 generations of women who appear to continuously throw away men that adore them for a life of disappointment.  It's not until close to the end of the stories that you begin to understand why.  Each generation seems to work to repeat the mistakes of the one before it, while we all hold our breath that the last one will make the choice for love.  

There was a strong fear in my hear that there would be some kissing cousins thrown into the mix, and once you start reading you'll see what I mean. 

A great escape novel to lose yourself in for an afternoon or two on a cold winter's day. 


For the first time ever, beloved authors (and best friends!), Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig have joined forces to bring to life THE FORGOTTEN ROOM (NAL Hardcover; January 19, 2016; $25.95), a rich multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century—from the Gilded Age to World War II. A mesmerizing story about the undeniable power of fate and timing, THE FORGOTTEN ROOM will resonate with anyone who has pondered life’s many choices, the paths we follow, and the roads left untraveled.  

Set in New York City in alternating time periods, THE FORGOTTEN ROOM is a compelling web of secrets waiting to be untangled. This beautifully wrought story is told from the perspectives of three generations of women—Olive Van Alan (1892), Lucy Young (1920), and Dr. Kate Schuyler (1944)—connected to one extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion on Manhattan’s 69th Street.
As the stunning connections between the women unfold, readers will race through the pages to discover the threads that tie them together.  Why does the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature from the 1890s look so much like Kate?  And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother?  In her search for answers, Kate finds herself drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alan, driven from riches to rags, working 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 never knew.