Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig - Review



Title: The Forgotten Room

Author: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: NAL
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: 2
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out 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 had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?

The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant storytellers.
Three couples, one forgotten room, and love that is denied. The story of two families spanning three generations in the same house - but a house in different circumstances each time. We morph from sumptuous mansion, to boarding house, to military hospital. As the house itself changes, so do the couples that are destined to find heart break within its walls.

Each couple is faced with their own challenges and stands up to them in their own ways. It all begins with the classic story of a rich son and the maid. But what neither of them realize is that there is a third part working against them. The next generation is also torn apart and suddenly it is up to the third to try and find their happiness in this strange room.

The story jumps from generation to generation as their stories tie together in a very special way. At times they seem to overlap. A reader could easily begin to confuse the three story lines, but they were written so well that each period has its own voice that makes it impossible to mix them up.

As the final generation, Kate and Cooper, try to discover how their histories overlap the story even takes a bit of a turn towards a mystery. Uncovering secret hideaways and notes left decades ago that each point them in the direction of the truth.

An amazing story that is a romance, but not in the way you may think. There is plenty of heartache and unhappiness along the way . But the ending really makes it all worth the wait.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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