Too much feminine soul searching. Isn't there enough of that already? Women know how to do it - they are not simmering wimps.
The feminine story could have been woven much better with more historic facts. There was so much rich history in the building that could have been used to draw from. The history was a skinny rabbit with only bones and no meat. And I was left hungrier after than when I arrived. Very disappointed.
I fell upon this book by just scrolling through iBooks looking for a new read, and I'll confess..the cover drew me in, and I'm so glad it did! Just a few pages into the sample I went ahead and purchased it, and I absolutely loved it. The author painted a beautiful picture of every detail, then and now, and I can SEE the characters and settings so clearly in my mind. She is a phenomenal author and this was a lovely story. Highly recommend!
Great read about a bygone era.
Spent a long weekend with this book and couldn't put it down, it's the kind that has a sorry that hooks you and really sinks its teeth into you. Can't wait for to see what the author writes next. Great read!
This was one of those books you can't put down. The author does an excellent job of taking you back to nyc 1952-2016. It's very detailed read. It transcends you to walking the streets of the old lower east side, hanging in smoke filled jazz clubs and then next your modern day, solving the mystery of the past. It really captured the essence what independent women had to endure and fear in the 50's. It was well researched.
The twist at the end is not what I expected, it definitely keep you intrigued throughout the book.
After reading "The Dollhouse" and being transported back to life in New York of the 1950's, all I can say is, well done!
I've always been intrigued by the Barbizon's history, and this book was a delightful read in terms of character, setting, and plot.
I highly recommend this as a book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.
...for a first time writer. Very engaging book, but couldn't give 5* because the cuts between the 2 stories became too bewildering if I skipped a day reading, I'd be befuddled.
A little longer than it should have been....ok, a lot longer. Interesting history, in fact I kept going out & searching the building, jazz club, etc. and it was a great bonus.
I'd recommend this book.