Magnolia Palace, The: A Novel

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She now works for Miss Helen, the daughter of the famous Henry Clay Frick, steel magnate and art collector. With the way Lillian's bank account had dropped precipitously over the past several months, she was grateful for the decision. Through a fortunate misunderstanding, she is hired as Helen Frick's personal assistant and moves into the Fricks' home. The father is dying, the mother is distraught over a daughter's death, the brother has run away to Long Island with his wife, and Helen is left to manage everything.

He shares with Veronica some of the history of the Frick family and the story of the lost pink Magnolia diamond. 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. 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.The Magnolia Palace is an intriguing historical novel with a misplaced diamond, a lady lost at the loss of a loved one, a demanding dad, a devoted daughter, a strange scavenger hunt, an attractive art assemblage, and a mysterious mystery. 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 author sets it up for the story of the past to unfold in the future as characters find clue after clue, trying to determine who those people were in the past and how and why they disappeared. Angelica became the personal secretary of Miss Helen and became known as Miss Lilly to all concerned.

Watkins was released right away, she'd have to avoid him until she pulled together enough money to pay for the one-bedroom apartment she leased in the crumbling, five-story tenement building on Sixty-Fifth Street. 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.Davis embellishes the real lives of the Frick family and Audrey Munson, a sculptors’ muse, in a tale that will thrill fans of Anna Pitoniak and Karen Harper. The work has dried up though and after a chain of events she gains employment as the private secretary of Helen Frick. Since Veronica was stuck in the museum, she figured she would have to let Joshua in on this game and solve the clues together. Many thanks to Dutton / Penguin Group, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this engaging book prior to its January 25, 2022 publication date. Decades later a winter storm brings together an unlikely pair, a Frick Museum intern and a would-be model, who complete a scavenger hunt to unravel an almost 50 year old legacy of intrigue leading them full circle to where it all started.

As the The story is centered around the value of beauty, the eccentricities of wealth, a lost pink diamond, and a mysterious death. Davis smoothly combines fact with fiction, and offers beautiful descriptions of the family’s art collection.Fiona Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of six historical fiction novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including The Magnolia Palace, The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Lions of Fifth Avenue, which was a Good Morning America book club pick.

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