The Address by Fiona Davis
(Dutton – August 1, 2017)
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this title – all opinions are my own.
Set in one of the most famous buildings in New York City in two different time periods one hundred years apart, THE ADDRESS is a rich and riveting historical fiction novel. The opening pages sucked me in and immediately made me excited about the story of a hotel housekeeper in England being enticed to move to New York for a chance to work in a fabulous new building. The writing style is incredibly readable and the pages just flew by as Sara makes the move from England to New York and the real drama begins.
The setting of the Dakota is just fascinating, making me want to research the history of the building in much more detail beyond this fictional account. I loved the alternating chapters between the 1880s and 1980s and couldn’t stop reading as I tried to figure out how Bailey and Sara were connected. I appreciated the author’s note with information on just how historically accurate the story was as well. The only thing I wish would have been different is perhaps a less wrapped-up-in-a-bow culmination of the mystery – it seemed a bit rushed and I would have loved it to be more drawn out.
This is a very fast-paced and historical look at the Gilded Age in New York City – I predict this as a favorite book club pick for years to come.
Now that I have read THE ADDRESS, I need to go back and pick up Davis’ other book THE DOLLHOUSE – I have read rave reviews about it for the past year and THE ADDRESS has convinced me to finally read it!