The Forgotten Room

  • by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by Morgan Hallett, Susan Bennett
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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....
It's 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.

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The same story 3 times over...

This story is told over three generations of women: grandmother, mother, and daughter. It really should have been cut to be only 1 or 2, as it gets to be very repetitive. The mother's story is the most boring, because you already know what happens before and after her by the other accounts. Olive, the grandmother, is the only genuinely interesting story in my opinion. Everything after that begins to feel a little too incestuous as you don't know which of the male and female characters may actually be related. All in all--very weird and got in the way of any romance for me.

There was nothing particularly intriguing for me, but it would have been a decent story if it just followed Olive, and maybe Lucy. Unfortunately, this book is over 13 hours in which I found myself constantly thinking, "Just get to the point already!"
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- Amazon Customer

A sweet, romantic tale that is not a bodice ripper

I am not a romance novelist reader. Most do not appeal to me as the writing is too simplistic, the story too predictable and the characters too perfect. I like messy characters who are flawed and imperfect. I like stories that surprise or shock me. So, I did not know what to expect with this book but hoped that it would offer something different and it did. Although it is mostly a romance it is also a sweet glimpse into three historical settings and a bit of a mystery. It is a very easy read; flows well and leaves the reader content if not challenged or thinking. I liked it; I didn't love it.
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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books