| Author : Fiona Davis Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Mysteries & Thrillers Historical Literary Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2016-08-23 Description : <b>“Rich both in twists and period detail, this tale of big-city ambition is impossible to put down.”<i>—People</i></b><br />  <br /> <b>Fiona Davis's stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past.</b><br />  <br /> When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.<br />  <br /> Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.|
| Author : Fiona Davis Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Literary Mysteries & Thrillers Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2017-08-01 Description : <b>THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br />Fiona Davis, author of <i>The Dollhouse</i>, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.</b><br /><br />After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one’s station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else...and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.<br /><br />In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camden family’s substantial estate. Instead, her “cousin” Melinda—Camden’s biological great-granddaughter—will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda’s vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in...and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island.<br /><br /> One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages—for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City—and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich—and often tragic—as The Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.<br /><br /> With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively readable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution, but the lives—and lies—of the beating hearts within.|
| Author : Fiona Davis Genre : Historical Books Fiction & Literature Mysteries & Thrillers Literary Release Date : 2018-08-07 Description : <b>In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.</b><br /><br />For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.<br /><br />For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for <i>Vogue</i>, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist." Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded--even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy would-be poet and a brilliant experimental painter--Clara is determined to achieve every creative success. But she and her bohemian friends have no idea that they'll soon be blindsided by the looming Great Depression, an insatiable monster with the power to destroy the entire art scene. And even poverty and hunger will do little to prepare Clara for the greater tragedy yet to come.<br /><br />Nearly fifty years later, in 1974, the terminal has declined almost as sharply as Virginia Clay's life. Full of grime and danger, from the smoke-blackened ceiling to the pickpockets and drug dealers who roam the floor, Grand Central is at the center of a fierce lawsuit: Is the once-grand building a landmark to be preserved, or a cancer to be demolished? For Virginia, it is simply her last resort. Recently divorced, she has just accepted a job in the information booth in order to support herself and her college-age daughter, Ruby. But when Virginia stumbles upon an abandoned art school within the terminal and discovers a striking watercolor hidden under the dust, her eyes are opened to the elegance beneath the decay. She embarks on a quest to find the artist of the unsigned masterpiece--an impassioned chase that draws Virginia not only into the battle to save Grand Central but deep into the mystery of Clara Darden, the famed 1920s illustrator who disappeared from history in 1931.|
| Author : Fiona Davis Genre : Romance Books Contemporary Fiction & Literature Price : $10.99 Release Date : 2017-10-16 Description : Das Barbizon in New York: Die junge Journalistin Rose ist erst vor Kurzem in das elegante Apartmenthaus eingezogen. Im Lift trifft sie auf eine ältere Dame, deren ungewöhnliche Erscheinung Rose fasziniert. Vom Portier erfährt sie, dass Darby schon in den 1950ern hier lebte, als das Barbizon ein Wohnheim für junge Frauen war. Noch kann Rose nicht ahnen, wie eng ihr Schicksal mit Darbys verknüpft ist. Darby, die nicht nur ihr Gesicht hinter einem Schleier, sondern in ihrem Herzen ein dunkles Geheimnis verbirgt …<br />|
| Author : Fiona Davis Genre : Fiction & Literature Books Romance Price : $13.99 Release Date : 2017-04-06 Description : La casa delle bambole... È così che noi ragazzi chiamiamo il Barbizon Hotel, la pensione per signorine, perché è piena zeppa di graziose bamboline. Proprio come te."
NEW YORK, 1952
Quando arriva al Barbizon Hotel subito dopo aver ritirato il modulo per iscriversi alla scuola per segretarie d'azienda, Darby McLaughlin è tutto ciò che le altre ospiti della nota pensione per signorine non sono: semplice e timida, ha la costante sensazione di essere fuori posto... e nessuna di quelle ragazze, tutte sofisticate modelle di una nota agenzia, sembra bendisposta nei suoi confronti. L'unica amica è Esme, la cameriera, che le apre le porte degli equivoci jazz club newyorkesi in cui la musica è potente come l'eroina che vi scorre a fiumi, le fa conoscere il ritmo trascinante del bebop, le fa balenare davanti agli occhi la possibilità di trovare l'amore...
NEW YORK, 2016
Il Barbizon Hotel è stato convertito in condominio e delle ospiti di un tempo non è quasi rimasta traccia. La storia del coinvolgimento di una di loro in una tragica lite con una cameriera dell'albergo negli anni Cinquanta echeggia ancora tra le mura dell'edificio, insieme alla musica malinconica che filtra dall'appartamento dell'anziana signorina McLaughlin. È una combinazione irresistibile per Rose Lewin, una giovane reporter che si è trasferita lì di recente. Ma a poco a poco, la curiosità si trasforma in ossessione, le indagini assumono contorni sempre più torbidi e discutibili. E la verità che emerge lascia un segno indelebile su entrambe le donne.
Un romanzo dalla struttura impeccabile, in cui mistero e storia d'amore si intrecciano con un suggestivo tributo alla New York degli anni Cinquanta.|
| Author : Fiona Davis Genre : Fiction & Literature Books Romance Release Date : 2018-11-19 Description : London 1884. Als die Hotelangestellte Sara Smythe ein kleines Mädchen vor dem Tod rettet, verändert dies ihr Leben für immer. Denn der dankbare Vater, der Architekt Theodore Camden, verschafft ihr eine Anstellung im Dakota, einem luxuriösen New Yorker Apartmenthaus. Dort wird Sara größtes Glück, aber auch tiefsten Schmerz finden. Hundert Jahre später, 1985, ist das Dakota die letzte Zuflucht für Bailey Camden, deren Urgroßvater Theodores Mündel war. Bei Umbauarbeiten fällt ihr ein Foto in die Hände, das Sara mit Theodores Kindern zeigt. Eine Entdeckung, die alles infrage stellt, was Bailey über ihre Familie zu wissen glaubte …|