Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

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Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

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Then in the 60's we follow a model who works a photo shoot at the Frick mansion and ends up discovering lost clues to a decades old scavenger hunt. If you enjoy historical fiction exploring real people and places from the past, Austenprose highly recommends them. English model Veronica is in New York on a photo shoot in the Frick museum but when she upsets the photographer then gets locked in the museum, alongside a curator, she finds some intriguing clues to a treasure hunt.

Really the standout aspects of this book is the art featured in the Frick collection and Lillian and Helen’s dynamic. Since Kitty's death, she'd felt a consistent, gnawing hunger in her gut that would only be satiated with butterscotch candies and lemon meringue pie. Davis smoothly combines fact with fiction, and offers beautiful descriptions of the family’s art collection.In the case of bestselling author Fiona Davis, she has made a successful career from reimagining stories surrounding iconic New York City buildings.

Davis' insider's perspective on the esteemed Frick family gives equal weight to those who kept the family afloat. Davis embellishes the real lives of the Frick family and Audrey Munson, a sculptors' muse, in a tale that will thrill fans of Anna Pitoniak and Karen Harper. But alternating between the two women's narratives creates a delicious tension that kept me turning the pages. She stumbles into a job as the private secretary to Helen Frick whose father owns the mansion which eventually becomes the Frick Museum. The Magnolia Palace was a family saga that focused on family fortune, art masterpieces, loss, long kept secrets and unique family dynamics.When this book was donated to my Little Free Library Shed, I couldn’t help but say yes to wanting to read it. We get to see what daily life was like inside the Frick mansion in 1919 with the demanding Henry Clay Frick and the difficult Helen Frick. Frick with her knowledge of his art collection, the management of his daughter’s affairs, and their complicated household. She’s a novice and entirely out of her element making several mistakes and annoying the photographer to the point he dismisses her.

When Lilly, the runaway model, helps find Helen a suitor, she finds herself entangled in the mess and accused of theft, on multiple counts. Fiona Davis has deployed an unmatched skill for unspooling compelling dramas amidst some of New York's most glittering historical moments.

I hadn't read from Fiona Davis before and I'll be the first to admit that historical fiction isn't often my genre of choice. Davis does an excellent job in describing the Fricks' style of living: the clothes, the food, the music, and the classes - as well as the art, of course. Veronica finds herself locked inside the Frick museum, the power has gone out and New York’s been hit by a snow storm.

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