Fiona Davis has folded together two historical eras in this breezy historical novel that jumps between the Gilded Age and Reagan-era New York City. In 1884, Sara Smythe sets off from London to New York, wooed there with the promise of a job at the Dakota, an apartment building for the rich. In 1985, Bailey Camden, fresh out of drug rehab, accepts a job from her party-girl cousin to remodel the shabby apartment that she inherited in the old Dakota building. As Bailey researches the building, she discovers Sara’s tragic history: her romance with the architect who designed the Dakota, Theo Camden, and her eventual conviction for his murder. Davis overlays the two histories beautifully, tying them together through transitions focused on the picturesque building. But the two women are connected by more than just the Dakota, and all sorts of secrets slowly come to light as Bailey proceeds with the renovation. The book, rife with historical description and architectural detail, will appeal to design and history buffs alike.
Fiona Davis will be one of our Guest Author/Speakers at this year's MWI's Annual Book and Author Luncheon, on Thursday May 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. See more information at the Events>Book and Author Luncheon page on this website.
Join Cheryl Ross as she leads the discussion of this historically informative and entertaining novel.