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The Magnolia Palace – Fiona Davis

Title: The Magnolia Palace

Author: Fiona Davis

Genre: Historical Fiction

Plot: Lillian Carter has just lost her mother to the Spanish flu. She’s had plenty of success as a model and relied on it so far. But things get complicated when she’s accused as an accomplice to her landlord’s murder. The police won’t listen to her side of the story, so she flees. She finds a job with the Frick family as a private secretary for their daughter, Helen. She’s able to hide there, hopefully until the murder case blows over. But not everything is as it seems.

Almost 50 years later, Veronica Weber is a model trying to make her way in the world. She’s found a gig at the Frick house. But she told the director off, and got asked to leave the set. But she gets locked inside with one of the workers during a snowstorm. They find clues to a missing family gem. Together they try to find it. Can they find it? Or is it gone forever?

Rating: 3.4 – a good historical fiction mystery

Opinion: This was a good historical fiction book. It was different than I thought it would be. There was still plenty of historical fiction. I hadn’t known about the Frick family before the book. The story was a bit dramatic for me. It also felt a little too similar to some of other super rich family stories I’ve read. Something always goes wrong or someone dies. In this case, it’s both. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it was a little predictable. While I did enjoy this, it wasn’t a memorable book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction with a little mystery.

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