Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

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Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

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Behind the expensive facade, there’s a lot of tension in the house, his wife locks herself away in her room, his two remaining children don’t get along, he desperately wants Helen to marry, and he finds her a suitor. The Magnolia Palace was an enjoyable read and gave me the opportunity to learn about the Frick family. Davis says in her Author's Note how she "likes to layer a fictional story over the scaffolding of historical facts," and she has done so quite cleverly in The Magnolia Palace. Not long after, as she left for work, Lillian had passed the police as they tramped up the front steps.

during a snowstorm with the power out, Vogue model Veronica is locked in the Frick's museum with Joshua Lawrence, a museum archivist. College intern and budding art curator Joshua Lawrence has also been locked inside with Veronica and to pass the time they start a scavenger hunt.

Once she is listed as a person of interest in the murder of her landlord’s wife, she goes on the lam, and inadvertently finds herself interviewing for a position as the personal secretary to Helen Frick. But soon Kitty is taken too soon during the outbreak of the Spanish Flu and Lillian, known professionally as Angelica, is on her own with just pocket change after the funeral. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Fiona Davis has managed to carve a niche in the historical fiction genre and I highly recommend checking out her books. These works of art, however, are placed at landmarks around the city, such as: the Plaza Hotel, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Three Graces at the Hotel Astor; even at the entrance of the Frick Mansion.

Lillian is a former artists' model who is now working as Helen Frick's personal secretary hoping to escape the scandal, which is currently following her. During the scavenger hunt, the clues send us to different paintings and art objects within the museum.When she is dismissed from one of her shoots, she happens to come across some hidden messages that will help solve an age old mystery of murder and mayhem. she] smoothly combines fact with fiction, and offers beautiful descriptions of the family's art collection.

She'd enjoyed modeling for Lukeman, even though the position had been a challenge, lying across the couch sideways, one leg dangling over the edge. While they are each considered ideal beauties of their generations, Davis also gives them flaws to make them realistic to the reader.

A major snowstorm hits and she inadvertently finds herself locked in the Frick mansion, which is now a museum known for its vast art collection. The silence of the studio, which usually lulled her into a kind of trance, instead haunted her today.

also, since my reading tastes have changed so much over the last few years, I thought I would give this one a go as a litmus test of sorts. The pages breeze by as potential romances develop (maybe not the ones you’d expect) and a mystery involving the whereabouts of the Magnolia Diamond unfolds. The colliding narratives and comprehensive descriptions of the historic mansion make for Davis’s best work to date. Lillian is successful in playing Cyrano de Bergerac between Helen and Richard, until she falls for him herself.

Veronica, inexperienced, a bit stubborn and intimidated by the other models and the photographer, would not acquiesce to the demands and whims of the temperamental photographer. In ill health, he is compelled to see his daughter quickly married, offering Lillian a large sum of money if she can pull it off. Davis is quickly becoming one of my favorite historical authors, especially if you are looking for a historical mystery. After an altercation with the photographer, Veronica hides out in pipe room (where the pipes for the pipe organ are arranged) to avoid the other models.

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