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The Lions of Fifth Avenue Having liked The Dollhouse by the same author, I was elated to receive an advance review copy of this her newest title.The story covers two resourceful heroines set eighty years apart.Sadie and Laura were related as granddaughter and grandmother but had never met They were also entwined through the historic New York Library and each had a significant impact in their respective time periods As Sadie currates an exhibit for trustees and benefactors, rare books disappear With her passion for the Having liked The Dollhouse by the same author, I was elated to receive an advance review copy of this her newest title.The story covers two resourceful heroines set eighty years apart.Sadie and Laura were related as granddaughter and grandmother but had never met They were also entwined through the historic New York Library and each had a significant impact in their respective time periods As Sadie currates an exhibit for trustees and benefactors, rare books disappear With her passion for the library, is she really under suspicion of theft Who is responsible for the irreplaceable items Eight decades earlier, Laura wrestles with her desire to pursue journalism with her role as a wife and mother Women s issues and the suffrage movement are gaining momentum and she s caught in a wave of change How will she adjust to her exposure to new ideals There s a lot going on in this book with family secrets buried by Sadie s mother about her grandmother s life It was a subject not to be discussed and the details died with her What happened so long ago I was absorbed into this book I loved reading about the prestigious New York Library and especially enjoyed the explanations and descriptions of how archived and rare books were stored and viewed I recommend it to historical fiction readers and those liking women s stories.Thank you to Edeweiss, Fiona Davis, and Dutton Books for my electronic review copy 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 piecesIt s , and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn t ask for 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 , 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 processEighty years later, in , 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 4 New York Public Library starsThis was a fascinating historical novel with an amazing setting the New York Public Library Filled with compelling characters and the thefts of valuable books, this one really drew me in I loved learning that there once was a residence in the library for the superintendent and his family Hidden passageways and secrets swirled in both storylines of this one.The older storyline is set in 1913 and features Laura, her husband, and family who live in the New York P 4 New York Public Library starsThis was a fascinating historical novel with an amazing setting the New York Public Library Filled with compelling characters and the thefts of valuable books, this one really drew me in I loved learning that there once was a residence in the library for the superintendent and his family Hidden passageways and secrets swirled in both storylines of this one.The older storyline is set in 1913 and features Laura, her husband, and family who live in the New York Public Library apartment Things are going very well with her husband as superintendent and wrapping up his novel and Laura is attending journalism school only the second class with women at Columbia Laura has gotten involved with a women s group that causes her to question her place in the world and she fights for women s rights Then things start to fall apart when valuable books are being stolen from the library The second storyline is from 1993 and features Sadie, a librarian in the rare book collection area History is repeating itself when rare books and items are stolen and suspicion falls on Sadie A private detective is called in and the two try to get to the bottom of the thefts.I found the second half of this book to be heart breaking as things have really fallen apart for both families A fascinating look into history and the love of books This was my first read from Fiona Davis, but it won t be my last This was a fun buddy read with Susan.Thank you to Fiona Davis, Edelweiss, and Dutton for the early copy of this one to read Scheduled to release on 8.4.2020 Set in the beautiful and historic New York Public Library, The Lions of Fifth Avenue is a dual timeline tale about two women living 80 years apart who both must deal with the theft of valuable books from the library s collection While investigating the missing books, each woman makes discoveries that may alter her life forever Readers will eat up the details about the superintendent s apartment in the library in earlier eras they were able to live in the library and other less known tidbits Set in the beautiful and historic New York Public Library, The Lions of Fifth Avenue is a dual timeline tale about two women living 80 years apart who both must deal with the theft of valuable books from the library s collection While investigating the missing books, each woman makes discoveries that may alter her life forever Readers will eat up the details about the superintendent s apartment in the library in earlier eras they were able to live in the library and other less known tidbits about this iconic and historic building I am a huge fan of Fiona Davis, and this is her best book yet.Forreviews, check out my Instagram account and my newsletter Fiona Davis is at the top of her form in this captivating historical novel about a family who lives inside the stone fortress known as New York Public Library in the early years of the twentieth century The matriarch, Laura Lyons, finds herself drawn to a bigger life and must ultimately figure out a path that includes both her family and her larger ambitions Many years later, her granddaughter, Sadie Donovan, a curator at the library, learnsthan she ever could have imagined about her fam Fiona Davis is at the top of her form in this captivating historical novel about a family who lives inside the stone fortress known as New York Public Library in the early years of the twentieth century The matriarch, Laura Lyons, finds herself drawn to a bigger life and must ultimately figure out a path that includes both her family and her larger ambitions Many years later, her granddaughter, Sadie Donovan, a curator at the library, learnsthan she ever could have imagined about her family history In the past as well as the present day, a series of thefts roil the library With her trademark blend of fact and fiction, Davis has written a memorable, atmospheric page turner I m impressed that Fiona Davis can keep churning out novels at this pace while maintaining this level of quality Davis sticks to her standard format of dual female narrator dual timeline and focusing on a specific piece of architecture site of historical significance in New York City This time we get the New York Public library, pretty much the ideal settling for an historical novel in Manhattan We meet Sadie in 1993, a curator at the library who has mysterious connections to some of the inst I m impressed that Fiona Davis can keep churning out novels at this pace while maintaining this level of quality Davis sticks to her standard format of dual female narrator dual timeline and focusing on a specific piece of architecture site of historical significance in New York City This time we get the New York Public library, pretty much the ideal settling for an historical novel in Manhattan We meet Sadie in 1993, a curator at the library who has mysterious connections to some of the institution s history, and Laura in 1913, a wife, mother, and aspiring journalist whose family lives in the library Did you hear that They LIVE IN THE LIBRARY, in an apartment on site that truly did exist at the time as housing for the library superintendent and his family There are significant and perhaps connected book thefts in both timelines, and then we re off to the races, as Davis lets us get to know both women while unfolding each era s mystery and its relationship to the protagonists Davis wrote a winning character in Sadie, a driven and likable if awkward gal Laura is tougher to get behind While we can all sympathize with her desire to pursue a career of her own when that would have been next to impossible for a woman of her station, Laura actively makes choices over and over again that worsen her situation and make her a less sympathetic character.It s much easier to root for Sadie Her flaws aren t the kind that would gall many readers If anything, they only serve to make herrelatable While I often felt bad for Laura and wanted the best for her, she s somewhat of a na f not one of my favorite character traits in novels and alarmingly impulsive and later defensive Laura continuously makes poor decisions, and ones that directly and often negatively impact the lives of others in her orbit The side characters aren t particularly well developed In most cases that s probably a blessing, though there a few cases in which I would really have liked to seeThe library and its history thoughThose are practically a third protagonist, and Davis does a much better job with the buildings and books in question than she does with most of the human characters.Still, these complaints are minor, and as she has each time before, Davis gave us another delightful historical mystery In terms of setting, this was among her best, and the plot concludes itself nicely but not too nicely in the end This one isn t quite on par with Chelsea Girls or The Dollhouse, but it s a fun read sure to please Davis fans such as myself as well as library enthusiasts I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review Fiona Davis has done it again The Lions of Fifth Avenue is a wonderful book It brings together all the elements that makes every one of Ms Davis books a treasure a dual timeline, strong female characters, an intricate plot and a beloved New York City landmark This time that landmark is the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue It s not a library, it s a reading palace graced by the two majestic marble lions Patience and Fortitude which you will learn were not their Fiona Davis has done it again The Lions of Fifth Avenue is a wonderful book It brings together all the elements that makes every one of Ms Davis books a treasure a dual timeline, strong female characters, an intricate plot and a beloved New York City landmark This time that landmark is the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue It s not a library, it s a reading palace graced by the two majestic marble lions Patience and Fortitude which you will learn were not their original names In 1913, we meet the Lyons family Jack Lyons is the library superintendent and his wife Laura and two children live in an apartment within the library Jack is also working on his first novel and Laura dreams of living a life of equality and is working towards becoming a journalist, something few women have done Laura s exposure to free thinking New Women in Greenwich Village opens up her world creating a dissatisfaction with her current life She believes she can bethan a wife and mother and make a real difference.In 1993, Sadie Donovan is working at the library overseeing the Berg Collection comprised of rare books and other important items including manuscripts, letters and literary paraphernalia We learn that Sadie is the granddaughter of Laura Lyons, who is now remembered as an important feminist writer.During each time period, there have been thefts of rare books in the library Jack Lyons and Sadie become the primary suspects Are these crimes connected to one another Sadie needs to get to the truth.You ll become totally engrossed in this book the characters and their struggles, the mystery of the stolen treasures, and this amazing setting It s nice to have a home library but imagine growing up with the library being your home Many thanks to Edelweiss, Dutton Books and Fiona Davis one of my favorite writers, for a copy of this great book in advance of its August 4, 2020 publication date.Review will be posted on MicheleReader.com closer to the publication date Fiona Davis is back with a new novel set to debut in July I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from Dutton Books in exchange for an honest review Thank you so much Dutton Books I absolutely loved this book There is nothing I lovethan a good historical fiction novel set in New York City Add in an apartment in the New York City Public Library, a dual story line, and a little mystery and I am totally hooked New York City 1913 Laura Lyons is living with her husband and two children Fiona Davis is back with a new novel set to debut in July I was lucky enough to receive a review copy from Dutton Books in exchange for an honest review Thank you so much Dutton Books I absolutely loved this book There is nothing I lovethan a good historical fiction novel set in New York City Add in an apartment in the New York City Public Library, a dual story line, and a little mystery and I am totally hooked New York City 1913 Laura Lyons is living with her husband and two children in the famed New York City Public Library apartments Laura is a woman ahead of her time and as she pursues her Journalism degree at Columbia she becomes friends with a group of women known as The Heterodoxy Group This group of women encourage Laura and other women to speak up and fight for what is rightfully theirs.New York City 1993 Sadie Donovan works as a curator at the New York City Public Library and quickly finds herself sucked into a scandal when books from the library begin disappearing When Sadie discovers a connection between the stolen items and her grandmother, Laura Lyons, she sets out to find the truth.Davis has outdone herself with this novel She has clearly done her research and weaved an amazing story with strong female characters I absolutely loved this book and I m completely obsessed with seeing the hidden apartments within the New York Public Library Once again, Fiona Davis has written an interesting novel whose setting is located in one of New York City s landmark buildings The Lions of Fifth Avenue immerses the reader into the history of the venerable New York Public Library The intertwined fictional stories of two main characters, Laura and Sadie, take place nearly one hundred years apart In 1913, Laura s husband was superintendent of the library Laura, her husband, and their young son and daughter actually lived in an apartment locat Once again, Fiona Davis has written an interesting novel whose setting is located in one of New York City s landmark buildings The Lions of Fifth Avenue immerses the reader into the history of the venerable New York Public Library The intertwined fictional stories of two main characters, Laura and Sadie, take place nearly one hundred years apart In 1913, Laura s husband was superintendent of the library Laura, her husband, and their young son and daughter actually lived in an apartment located at the top of the building Laura s husband was working on the manuscript of his novel in his spare time Laura writes a popular column for the library s newsletter She voluntarily contributes the column, but she longs to have a career of her own in a time when women are expected to stay home and raise their families When valuable books are stolen from the library, the family s lives are changed forever.Sadie is the granddaughter of Laura In 1993, Sadie is a dedicated, enthusiastic librarian who lands a position overseeing the priceless Berg Collection of first editions and other memorabilia which will soon be the focus of a highly anticipated exhibit When some of the priceless books are discovered to be missing, Sadie knows that she must do everything she can to restore them to the collection In the process of her investigation, she learns that there was a similar situation during Laura s time at the library What happened then and were the missing books found Sadie thinks that finding out what happened at that time may help her now.This is an interesting and informative story that provides a close up look at the New York Public Library The characters stories involve secrets, mystery, family relationships, love, and the early days of the fight for women s rights.Thank you to NetGalley, Dutton an imprint of Penguin Random House , and author Fiona Davis for giving me an opportunity to read the ARC of this novel Fiona Davis has done it again Readers will love this fast paced and intricately plotted story, set in the NYC Public Library building David combines meticulous research with beautifully drawn characters for her best book yet


About the Author: Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis is the nationally bestselling author of historical novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including THE CHELSEA GIRLS and THE ADDRESS She began her career in New York City as an actress, working on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater After getting a master s degree at Columbia Journalism School, she fell in love with writing, leapfrogging from editor to freelance journalist before finally settling down to write fiction Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and she s based in New York City Visit her at www.fionadavis.net, facebook.com FionaDavisAuthor and on Instagram and Twitter fionajdavis.


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