"The Lions of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis
This book is absolutely gorgeous. The writing is stellar, the characters are lovable, and I couldn't put it down.
The reader is quickly swept into the beautiful palace-like castle that is the New York Public Library. I adored reading about the different rooms, behind the scenes practices, and structure of the library. This world-building is beautifully written, and I can clearly picture everything in my head.
*sigh* The characters are loveable, relatable, smart, and driven. I loved reading both Laura and Sadie's story. I was completely engaged in reading about both of their experiences with the library.
This book makes me want to travel to New York and check out the library myself! I highly recommend this book to all book lovers and people that enjoy mystery.
Thank you NetGalley for an ebook in exchange for a review.
"A Good Morning America Book Club Pick!
“A page-turner for book lovers everywhere! . . . A story of family ties, their lost dreams, and the redemption that comes from discovering truth.”—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife
In nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces.
It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life--her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club--a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.
Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage--truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library's history."