Three women are connected by the secrets of one hidden room in a stately New York City mansion. Their stories play out in turns in The Forgotten Room and our job, as readers, is to forget ourselves in the words.
I puzzled my way through the first third – searching for all of the clues and threads to figure out how Olive, Lucy, and Kare were connected. And then I let go of the mystery, choosing instead to sink into the details of this historical novel. The forbidden and yet impossibly true love between Harry and Olive broke my heart. Their story – more than Lucy’s or Kate’s – really captured my attention and imagination and heart. But Lucy and Kate have compellingly romantic stories to tell, too. They all fit together with satisfying clarity by the end of the story – when the once forgotten room has divulged its secrets and set right what once went so wrong.
About the Book
New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century….
1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.
Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known. But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?
The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant storytellers.