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The Magnolia Palace
The Magnolia Palace: A Novel | Fiona Davis
Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City's most impressive Gilded Age mansions. Eight months since losing her mother in the Spanish flu outbreak of 1919, twenty-one-year-old Lillian Carter's life has completely fallen apart. For the past six years, under the moniker Angelica, Lillian was one of the most sought-after artists' models in New York City, with statues based on her figure gracing landmarks from the Plaza Hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge. But with her mother gone, a grieving Lillian is rudderless and desperatethe work has dried up and a looming scandal has left her entirely without a safe haven. So when she stumbles upon an employment opportunity at the Frick mansiona building that, ironically, bears her own visageLillian jumps at the chance. But the longer she works as a private secretary to the imperious and demanding Helen Frick, the daughter and heiress of industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick, the more deeply her life gets intertwined with that of the familypulling her into a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels, and family drama that runs so deep, the stakes just may be life or death. Nearly fifty years later, mod English model Veronica Weber has her own chance to make her careerand with it, earn the money she needs to support her family back homewithin the walls of the former Frick residence, now converted into one of New York City's most impressive museums. But when shealong with a charming intern/budding art curator named Joshuais dismissed from the Vogue shoot taking place at the Frick Collection, she chances upon a series of hidden messages in the museum: messages that will lead her and Joshua on a hunt that could not only solve Veronica's financial woes, but could finally reveal the truth behind a decades-old murder in the infamous Frick family.
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Kboltz
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I love every topic that Davis takes from history especially because most are set in NYC. This one is set with converging timelines that include the Frick collection, the Frick family and parts of their sordid history. Thrown in is the story behind the real life model who was the muse for many statues seen in the city. A bit of a mystery are in these and they are always woven together nicely. Look up the art and statues mentioned.

Texreader Excellent review 6d
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perfectsinner
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Beautiful evening to read out on the swing

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MelindaOtt
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Mehso-so

3.5 stars

If you have never read Fiona Davis before, this book will be fantastic. However, if you (like me) have read her previous books, you won‘t find much new here.

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SlytherinBookLady
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The dual storylines in this book seem to go together fantastically. I loved this book and didn‘t want to put it down. The author has such a way with words, it was almost as if I was present in the Frick mansion at sometimes during the novel. I would suggest anyone that loves historical fiction to pick this one up. It was such a lovely surprise when I found I enjoyed the book. 5 stars

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RenePenn
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It started out a little slow, but the pace picked up as it went along. I liked the way the dual timelines alternately came together to solve the mystery.

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BayouGirl85
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I enjoyed this historical fiction. I am not a huge fan of dual timelines but the characters were intriguing.

April Book 1/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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janeycanuck
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Not my favourite Davis but still a lovely read. I just didn't connect with the 1966 timeline the way I often do in the more present-day sides of Davis' books. The 1919 timeline was much more my jam. I like how Davis gets her inspiration from historical buildings or people and spins something wonderful out of it - and I always appreciate her note at the end where she says where she strayed from history.

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kspenmoll
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Fiona Davis fictionalizes the lives of the coke & steel magnet, Henry Clay Frick & his family using 2 eventually intersecting storylines (1919 &1966).Set in the Frick mansion/museum,the story is narrated through the eyes of 2 models,the infamous”Angelica,”whose risqué statues grace the city streets,& the English model Veronica,who desperately wants to make it in NYC. Happenstance makes both these women end up in the Frick‘s home. ?

kspenmoll 🔼Secrets, betrayals,hidden messages,stolen jewels,& a decades old murder make this book compelling.Frick is portrayed as controlling & at times cruel,& his daughter Helen as obsessive, adoring, & willing to do his biding. After reading this, I want to hop on a train to NYC & visit the museum! (edited) 2mo
kspenmoll I paired these two books together because Frick was one of the PA magnets who ignored warnings that the dam at their Johnstown private club was in danger of collapsing. As a result,when days of relentless rain caused the dam to break,the town was flooded.Over 2000 people died, & most of the town structures were carried away by the flood waters force.History blames these men. 2mo
Amiable I love David McCullough. This one was such a good read. 2mo
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Suet624 Holy cow! Can you imagine 2,000 people dying in your town due to a flood? 2mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I love that connection link!!! Both books sound wonderful. Maybe I can incorporate them into my #ThingsInCommon challenge for April. Thanks for the suggestions ♥️ (edited) 2mo
arubabookwoman I'm visiting NYC now and have tickets booked for the Frick next Thursday. Unfortunately the mansion is under renovation, so the collection is now housed in the old Whitney Musrum bldg. Will look for this book. 2mo
kspenmoll @Amiable I have only read this & John Adams which took me a long time but was so worth it- I have others I want tread at some point! 2mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 The devastation was/is unimaginable. This was the author‘s first book which amazes me-rich in detail, enthralling in its depth. 2mo
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I hope you can read them eventually! 2mo
kspenmoll @arubabookwoman I heard that the building was being renovated. Not sure how long that will take. Let me know what you think of his art choices! (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Requested from library but I‘m #39 on one copy so it might be a VERY LONG WAIT 2mo
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SilversReviews
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Thanks to these Litsy folks for today‘s prompt:

##SAVVYSETTINGS
March 2022
@Eggs
@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks

Today‘s Prompt: PALACE

THE MAGNOLIA PALACE is a gem with a mystery, a murder, a famous family, and memorable characters you will connect with and a book you will not want to miss... https://tinyurl.com/2p8tvsk2

Have YOU read it yet?

@fionadavisauthor

Eggs Perfect choice! And yes I‘ve read it💗💗 2mo
lynneamch Love Fiona. I've read all her others & looking forward to this one. I'm in NYC now and unfortunately the Frick is still closed. 😪 2mo
SilversReviews @Eggs Great you read it!! 2mo
SilversReviews @lynneamch I love her books too. Darn it‘s closed. 2mo
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fictionaddictbooks
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Eggs Perfection! 2mo
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ReaperOfTerrasen
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I'm currently reading The Magnolia Palace, a Historical Fiction I got from BOTM. I was very interested to learn that one of the main characters, Lillian "Angelica" Carter, is based on Audrey Munson, Miss Manhattan herself. Audrey Munson was one of the most famous muses and sculpture models in NYC and was dubbed American Venus. But also, she is the muse and model for "Wisconsin (Forward)". The statue at the top of my home states capitol building.

kspenmoll That is fabulous!!! 2mo
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Howseldomtheydo
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Historical fiction often has me going down the google rabbit hole! Lillian Carter is based on the real-life artists‘ model Audrey Munson. Enjoying this one so far. #20in4

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Aims42
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1. Historical Fiction
2. This was my first Fiona Davis work and I‘m hooked!!
3. I‘m new to Fiona Davis‘ works as of this year, but the 3 of her books I have read she does a fantastic job! She not only brings in the “lingo” of the era into the dialogue, but she also makes sure to mention the fashion and food as well, which I find so interesting

Thanks for the fun prompt @ozma.of.oz 🤩 Happy #SundayFunday ☕️🥐🍳🥓🥞🧇

ozma.of.oz She sounds really talented! I‘ll have to give her a look! Thanks for sharing! 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #20in4 #readathon

I was exhausted last night so went to bed without any reading done. I hope to have more time later today.

keys_on_fire I enjoyed this book very much. Hope you do too, and get a lot of reading done today! 🤞🏻 2mo
julieclair Pretty photo! 2mo
Ncostell Looks cozy! I have this book on hold at the library, looking forward to reading that as well. 2mo
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kspenmoll @keys_on_fire I really enjoyed it too! The Frick family & the museum came alive for me. 2mo
kspenmoll @julieclair Thank you! 2mo
kspenmoll @Ncostell Very cozy! Especially these days when its warm & cold ! I really enjoyed the book, the glimpse into art & the Frick‘s fictionalized lives. 2mo
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keys_on_fire
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Finished this last month, but glad I hadn‘t yet taken time to review, as I met Fiona Davis two evenings ago! Because I read the Curse of Beauty last fall, I instantly recognized the story of Audrey Munson that was woven into and around the story of the Frick family and their amazing donation of their home as a museum of art to New York City. Fiona even said she hadn‘t yet met someone who had read that book, so that was fun!

Ruthiella How exciting! 😃 2mo
AmyG Nice! 2mo
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kspenmoll
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Joining in this #20in4 #Readathon #March25toMarch28 #2022
Will be reading from This Life, hoping to start The Magnolia Palace.
Join in & Spread the word!!!!

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-23-22: My 27th finished book of 2022! This book alternates between Lillian in 1919 and Veronica in 1966. Lillian, an artist‘s model who is running from a scandal gets hired to be the personal secretary of Helen Frick, whose father was the owner of the Frick mansion and museum in NYC. Veronica, a fashion model, visits the Frick and helps solve a 50 year old mystery, bringing all the characters together. Love this author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣2️⃣7️⃣

SilversReviews So good!! 2mo
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Cathyloves2read
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What I enjoyed most about this book was learning about the Frick Collection in NYC. I never knew it existed until now. I googled the art pieces described in the story, and learned quite a bit as I read. I wasn‘t crazy about the story line or the characters. To me, it seemed like a typical murder mystery “who done it”.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Leftcoastzen Thanks for posting, lots of great options in this list. 2mo
Caroline2 Ohh 😯 thanks for this. 👍 2mo
kspenmoll Thanks Misty! 2mo
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MaggieCarr
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Classic Fiona Davis, weaving together a story of historical fiction decades apart in a perfectly plotted time slip. While many people, events, and the Frick collection/home itself is real, many of the characters are not but together tell a story peeking new interest into this New York Museum and its past.

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AmyK1
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I really enjoyed this historical fiction about the Frick family set in 1919 and 1966. Loved that this had fact mixed in with fiction, interesting characters, secrets, lies and a mystery.

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AmyK1
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“Lillian Carter stood half naked, one arm held up like a ballet dancer, the other hanging lightly down at her side, and calculated how long she could avoid paying rent while her landlord was in jail.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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ErraticElle
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Fiona Davis has a very solid style. Her writing is consistent & brings historical settings to life well. This was a great mix of true history & creative fiction. I loved the characters & the mystery surrounding the narrative. The pacing can be a little slow in places & there is some instalove, but overall I just had a good time. The mystery was light & the story was relaxing, leading to a pleasant, palate-cleansing read.

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jlhammar
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Entertaining, quick read with interesting historical detail and a fun mystery. Now need to visit The Frick Collection website for a virtual tour. #BOTM

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KristiAhlers
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Totally forgot to post about this one last week! Gah! Well, let me just say I love this author. She is an automatic buy for me. Set in two era‘s the author has managed to craft a great story with amazing characters. A really good read if you like your historic fiction.

Aims42 After reading this one I immediately went out and bought “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” and “The Masterpiece” (the only used copies of hers I found at my local Half Price Books 😁) Can‘t wait to read them! 3mo
KristiAhlers @Aims42 have you read The Doll House? So far that‘s been my favorite from her. This one a close second! 3mo
Aims42 @KristiAhlers I haven‘t, but I will definitely look for it to add to my pile 👍🙌 3mo
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Crazeedi
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I have enjoyed Davis's books and this one is no exception. Set in two eras, Lillian in the 20's and Veronica in the 60s . Lillian was the model for the famous sculptures of NYC. And when she has to run, she ends up as secretary to Henry Clay Fricks daughter. Veronica is a British model who comes to NYC in hopes of making enough money to care for her disabled sister. The story goes between the two lives and somehow connects them in the end.

marleed I love what this author encourages me to discover! 3mo
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marleed
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I‘m always excited to read a new Fiona Davis book because of my lifelong fascination with NYC. She convinces me my fantasy of living in Manhattan for a year would be fascinating. I knew nothing of Henry Frick and family and this sent me straight to google for nonfiction info about Henry and his daughter, Helen. ↓

marleed I knew nothing of the Frick family Before reading this book. I am curious though what Littens from the Pittsburg or NYC areas whose local history may include this family think of this historical fiction. I‘m particularly curious if the personalities Fiona gave to Henry and Helen match their NF knowledge of the two. 4mo
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BookwormAHN
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Loved this one! Lillian is on the run. The police think she has something to do with her landlord's wife's death. She ends up getting a job with the Frick family, there she runs into more trouble.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#WickedWords #Historical @AsYouWish
#TheSupernaturalYear #Business @AkashaVampie
#Pantone2022 #PoppySeed @Clwojick
#RoaringWolf #MeFirst @Roary47 @Littlewolf1

Roary47 Nice! Looks like another good one! On my list this one also goes. 😅 4mo
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my shelf!! 4mo
Clwojick Great match! 💕 4mo
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akfreeborn
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Two different storylines in this historical fiction re the Fricks and the artist muse “Angelica” and a model and intern in the 60s. I thought the plot was well pulled together even if a little of it was forced to make the two collide. I liked the post WWI story best. I thought it was well researched. I highly recommend for art lovers and those interested in the Gilded Age.

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Eggs
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#JanuaryStats #ItHadToBeYou @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I finished 31 books and these 5 ☝️were my favorites 😻

Gissy What are you saying? 31 books?wow!!!📚📚📚 🎉 🎊 🤩📚📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏 4mo
Jensol77 I‘m reading Next Year In Havana. The romance between Luis & Marisol is about to get 🔥🔥🔥 4mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s a lot.👍👏 4mo
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Eggs @Gissy couldn‘t do it without audiobooks 🎧 4mo
Eggs @Jensol77 👏🏻📚💕 4mo
Eggs @Leftcoastzen Thank you 🙏🏻 4mo
Gissy @Eggs But still, it is impressive! I can imagine that the feeling after reading all those books is spectacular. I wish I could do it because in that way I would explore more and more books in less time!
📚📚📚📚🙌
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You are amazing!!! 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Really good!!

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jdiehr
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Fiona Davis does it again!

Multiple time lines, a mystery to solve, and interesting history about The Frick Collection in NYC.

It all makes for a fantastic book.

I always enjoy the author's notes at the end.

#botm #bookofthemonth

Aims42 After reading this I went out and bought 2 of her other books 🙌 Can‘t wait to dive in!! 4mo
jdiehr @Aims42 I feel late to the party. My friend turned me on to Fiona Davis and the two books I've read so far have been great! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks All of her books are great!! 4mo
BookBabe I enjoyed the books by her that I read a few years ago. This one sounds interesting too! #stacked 4mo
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SilversReviews
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The blending of the two time lines and the intriguing story line is signature Fiona Davis.

THE MAGNOLIA PALACE is a gem with a mystery, a murder, a famous family, and memorable characters.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/2p8tvsk2

@fionadavisauthor
@duttonbooks

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 4mo
Reecaspieces @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you will love this one! 4mo
Reecaspieces @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks can‘t wait to hear what you think 4mo
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ReadingisMyPassion
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Overall, I found the story fascinating and am eager for another story by Fiona Davis. I think anyone with an interest in the architectural landmarks of NYC will enjoy this book.

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Ddzmini
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More book mail 📖

Jensol77 I can‘t wait to read both. On my TBR. 4mo
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Eggs
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A delicious pageturner! Davis does it again👍🏼👏🏻🙏🏻

#doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This was my BOTM as well but I haven't read it yet - it will be my first novel by Davis, actually! 4mo
Eggs She‘s a master storyteller📚 @TheAromaofBooks 4mo
Verity Ooooh. I didn‘t realise that she had a new one out. Loved the Chelsea Girls. 4mo
Eggs @verity Yes! Me too! 4mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Although this started out slowly for me, once the mystery was introduced, I enjoyed the way it unfolded in both timelines. Davis skillfully overlays a fictional story on real historical facts, people, and art. I thought Helen and Lilly‘s relationship was particularly interesting, but some other characters felt a bit flat. #BOTM

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TorieStorieS
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What a great way to kick of #BOTM for 2022! I really enjoyed my first experience with Davis‘ writing! With dual timelines- 1919 and 1966, both revolve around the Frick- first as a household and later as a museum and how it comes to dramatically change the lives of two very different models. Entertaining and quite the page turner, I really liked the historical details and art included- plus reading this has added five other titles to my wishlist!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Just a little conversation with Fiona today!! I just love her books!

#AuthorCrush
#AuthorChat

Aims42 I loved “The Magnolia Palace” so much! It was my first book by her. I will definitely read her newest book when it‘s out, and catch up on her others too 😊 4mo
AmyG Oh wow! 4mo
DivineDiana How cool! Was this Facebook? 4mo
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Suzze I own three of hers and still haven‘t read any of them! They all sound so good! 4mo
marleed That‘s incredible! 4mo
aroc Jealous! I adore her! 4mo
Tera66 Wow! So cool! 4mo
EclecticBookLover @aroc I was going to tag you, bur I see you got to it already 😆 4mo
Branwen WOW! You rock! 💕 4mo
BookBabe Yay! I enjoyed every book by her that I‘ve read. ❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DivineDiana yes! I‘ve talked to her before and told her that I named my cat after her 😂 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Aims42 all of them are great! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Suzze you need to! ❤️ 4mo
keys_on_fire I just started this tonight and immediately realized that Lillian is based on Audrey Munson, because I just read The Curse of Beauty back in October. I had never heard of this first supermodel before, and now have read two books about her in less than 6 months. So funny how things work out, and so cool that you chat with Fiona! 4mo
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peacegypsy
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A fascinating examination of the real Frick museum in New York City. The book also presents a lot of history about the era and does a good job of highlighting class differences. Educational and page-turning in one!

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Jerdencon
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Bookworm problems! When you have 3 ARC on your kindle and don‘t know which one to read first!
Plus trying to get through books for #literarycrew and #newyearwhodis

nichollinlove What?! The Bookwomans Daughter?! I cannot wait!! 4mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m interested in all 3 of these books! 4mo
angieinwonderland Which ones have you read? That looked like a very hard choice! 4mo
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Eggs
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#sundaysoapbox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

This is the only 1 I know about and I‘m currently reading it thanks to January BOTM!

TheSpineView Thanks for tagging me!😍❤🏷 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How is it? Ruth Sepetys has a new one coming out! 4mo
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Andrew65 Thanks for the tag, love Fiona Davis. 4mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it is its usual wonderfulness!! Dual timeline always sucks me in 💞 4mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh Sepetys and Quinn ~ must have!! Stacked* (edited) 4mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed all of the art in this book! It was fun to learn about Angelica, a model for many sculptures around NYC based upon an real person. It was also interesting to learn about the Frick family and their legacy in the art world, and wild dysfunction. I‘ll say that the characters Veronica and Joshua in the 60s we‘re sort of underdeveloped for me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this one! 4mo
Jbakesmcgee3 If you like historical fiction you‘ll love it! 4mo
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Jnnlb
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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swishandflick
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I very much enjoyed this! I've never visited the Frick museum (I'll now need to remedy that asap) but even so, I really appreciated the way Fiona Davis spun a captivating fiction tale woven with real historical figures, places, and art. It served as a lovely, gentle reminder that I need to read historical fiction more often! #BOTM ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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aroc
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Yup, another spectacular Fiona Davis book! So good!

First #Bookspin of the year!! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love her ❤️ 4mo
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aroc
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Devouring the book. 💛

#bookandwine

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McCombsonMain
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Fiona Davis's new novel takes readers behind the scenes at the noted Frick Collection in a split time tale imagining secrets, betrayal and murder.

5 stars!

https://mccombsonmain.com/2022/01/13/review-magnolia-palace-davis/