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The Address (2017)

by Fiona Davis

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue comes the compelling national bestselling 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.

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 for Sara Smythe, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America. The opportunity to be the female manager of the Dakota. 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.

One hundred years later, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities: Fresh out of rehab, the former interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden, yet 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 of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in...and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum—a madwoman named Sara Smythe.

A century 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 nightlife's free-flowing drinks and cocaine—and take refuge in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich, and often as tragic, as the Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers inside could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.
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Read half. Didn't enjoy. Can't anyone write a story anymore without the female lead characters sinking into some kind of depravity? Boring.
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
It was good and had me sneaking in listening which I rarely do. A nice blend of historical and modernish day (80s) which always helps keep the pace up in these style books ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
Fiona Davis has now become one of my new favourite historical fiction writers!!
The story is told alternately between Sara and Bailey, two women, separated by 100 years, but living in the same infamous New York building, The Dakota.
Switching between two different time periods, 1985 and 1884 alternating past and present.
1880's Sara Smythe wants to make a better life for herself so when an American offers her a job she makes the leap of faith and travels from London to America to help run a prestigious place, The Dakota, for wealthy families.
1985 Bailey Camden, a recovering alcoholic and former interior designer is helping her cousin upgrade the rundown Dakota. While there, Bailey finds three mysterious, antique trunks full of secrets that could change her life forever.
Weaving together their stories, presenting a surprising mystery that ultimately connects the two women this book has lots of interesting historical detail that was clearly well-researched and that brought both the two eras and the characters to life.
The Address is an intriguing story of love and sacrifice, but also greed and betrayal, it is a wonderful atmospheric read that I would recommend for fans of historical fiction and Kate Morton.
Highly recommended 5 star book. ( )
  DebTat2 | Oct 13, 2023 |
I love immersing myself in the history of NYC buildings. Fiona Davis is my go-to historical fiction author. This one did not disappoint. Set in the famed Dakota in the late 1880s, the story was enhanced with historical events of the day. The details of the building were comprehensive. Inside the exquisite new apartment building, she engrossed the reader in a tale of romance, intrigue, and murder. The counterpoint takes place a hundred years later in the same building. As usual the historical plotline is the most riveting, but the author did make a successful tie-in to the present day. ( )
  beebeereads | Aug 29, 2023 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, which was based on fact. Filled with historical detail, "The Address" is set at The Dakota, an arnchecturally stunning residence in the upper west side of Manhattan which is still in existence today. Its development and history was fascinating and I loved all the lavish descriptions the author included regarding The Dakota. I also enjoyed the dual timelines.

At the start, I found Sara’s story more interesting as she left England in 1884 to start a new life in New York as the manager of The Dakota. As a single female she faced many struggles and her affair with Theo Camden, one of the architects, leads to disaster. Despite her error of judgement, I found Sara to be kindhearted, efficient and hardworking.

One hundred years later, The Dakota is in disrepair and Bailey has been hired by her wealthy, pampered cousin to oversee a reservation in one of the apartments. I was soon drawn into the family secrets and mystery surrounding Bailey Camden, a struggling alcoholic and addict who was trying to reestablish herself as a talented interior decorator. She was completely different to Sara in personality, yet I found her very relatable. In fact, Sara and Bailey had many similarities. They both had issues to face, were trying to take control of their lives and were fighting against the opulence and temptations of their times.

I thought the author did a wonderful job bringing the two stories together. There were a number of twists that kept me guessing and even though Bailey’s story ended too neatly, overall, "The Address" was an enjoyable read about families, love, betrayal and secrets. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Apr 2, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue comes the compelling national bestselling 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.

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 for Sara Smythe, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America. The opportunity to be the female manager of the Dakota. 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.

One hundred years later, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities: Fresh out of rehab, the former interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden, yet 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 of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in...and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum—a madwoman named Sara Smythe.

A century 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 nightlife's free-flowing drinks and cocaine—and take refuge in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich, and often as tragic, as the Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers inside could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.

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