The Address *Book Review*
Title: The Address
Author: Fiona Davis
Publish Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Historical fiction
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
London 1884, The sight of a child teetering on the window ledge of room 510 turned Sara’s world upside down.
- Dual time line
- historical fiction focusing on the 1880’s and 1980’s
- two strong female characters, who push the boundaries of their situations
- set mostly in New York City at The Dakota Apartment building
- a brief look at 19th century insane asylums
Love, Betrayal, Humor,
A lovely historical novel, set at The Dakota Apartment building in New York City, and told as a dual time line. Focusing on Sara Smythe in the 1880’s, who after a lucky run in with Theodore Camden in London, she find herself as the managerette of the Dakota, and soon finds herself falling in love with the architect and tenant, Theo Camden. Becoming pregnant by him and soon finds herself accused of stealing from a tenant and is shipped off to an insane asylum, after being released, Sarah returns with Theo to The Dakota and starts yet another new job as his assistant, of course becomes his lover once again. Much drama ensues and Sarah finds herself in prison, where sadly her story will end. Onto Bailey who in 1985 is fresh out of rehab, finds herself a position as an interior designer for her cousin Melinda Camden to redecorate the family apartment at The Dakota, and hopefully reestablish herself in the design community. She suffers a few set backs in her recovery, the real story for her begins when, Bailey finds an old trunk in the basement and after rifling through it’s contents, she becomes enamored with finding out more of the family history, turning everything on it’s ears.
Filled with twists and turns, beautifully rich historical detail, especially the 1880’s timeline, which I found had much more in the way of character development, descriptions and depth, than the 1985 portion, which I felt lacked the depth and character development. Slow to get started it quickly picks up steam and turns itself into a well paced riveting tale. While it has an air of mystery about it, I feel the reader basically knows what is going to happen. Then again it’s not set up as a mystery, it’s purely historical fiction. The author has a beautiful way with words and set them down in a thoughtful, elegant and witty manner.
Though the ending of both time lines end on completely different notes. It seems that both our heroines managed to redeem themselves even if one of them didn’t get her happy ending.
**I received an advanced digital copy, from the publisher in an exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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