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The Address

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"After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility--no mean feat for a servant in 1884. In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Two generations ago, Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate. Instead, her "cousin" Melinda--Camden's biological great-granddaughter--will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe. One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages--for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City--and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich--and often tragic--as The Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden--and the woman who killed him--on its head."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781524741990
Branch Call Number: F DAVIS-F
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 02, 2021

Sara Smythe has a run in with Theodore Camden at the hotel in London she works at as Head Housekeeper. He convinces her to come to NYC and work at his new apartment building The Dakota. Apartment buildings for families didn't exist really in this time so reading about this new period of time was fascinating. It's Gilded Age New York and old money is falling while new money is climbing. Suddenly Theodore is found murdered in The Dakota and who did it but of course Sara, the help, who spent a little time in an Insane Asylum.

100 years in the future we find Bailey Camden fresh out of rehap and looking for her purpose in life. She's staying at the Dakota and helping her cousin renovate the building when she finds three trunks in the basement. Theodore's, his wife Minnie's, and Sara's. Bailey dives into their family history and learns that some secrets never stay buried... while some do.

Historical Fiction fans will love this book, Sara and her journey, and the dual timelines that come together in the end. I can't wait to read more from Fiona Davis now!

Aug 14, 2019

2019-08-14: Had to return, did not read.
2021-01-31: Good read, not my favourite by this author, but worth reading.

Aug 07, 2019

This book with its dual timeline (1884/1985) will be appealing to fans of historical fiction. It tells an intriguing story of family secrets related to the architect of a famous NYC apartment building.

Apr 14, 2019

Enjoyed reading the experiences of Sarah. The issues related to mentally ill individuals in the late 1800's and early 1900's is appalling. I didn't really enjoy the book overall. Switching back and forth became somewhat tiring.

Mar 28, 2019

Very entertaining, but rather fell apart about two thirds through.

Feb 18, 2019

Entertaining stories set 100 years apart and surprise endings for both of them. Enjoyed this one.

DCLadults May 08, 2018

I read this book for my book club & we had an interesting discussion on the history of the building, "The Dakota". This novel includes mystery, historical fiction & a lot of drama covering characters in two time frames, the 1880's and 1980's. The stories are brought together in the end in a surprising conclusion(at least to me). This book would appeal to those interested in New York City history, in particular its architecture. The treatment of the mentally ill would also be of interest.

ArapahoeStaff26 Apr 06, 2018

Great suspenseful, twisty plot, and fascinating description of life in 1885 London and New York City and the construction of the famous Dakota apartment building, in this historical murder mystery. There are two stories 100 years apart, 1885 and 1985, connected by a single extended family and the setting of the Dakota where much of the action takes place.

Mar 15, 2018

This was a great novel based primarily on 2 women who lived in 1885 and 1985 and flipping back and forth between the two. I thoroughly enjoyed the ever changing lives that both lived and the love, deceit and struggles both women faced. A Great read!

Feb 24, 2018

I really, really wanted to like this book since I had loved THE PARIS ARCHITECT so much. But I didn't. I found the plot lines predictable, the characters two-dimensional, and the whole experience disappointing. On the upside, it's an easy read and I'm a fast reader.

On the whole, I give it a resounding "MEH."

My recommendation: Skip this and read The Paris Architect instead.

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