The Address by Fiona Davis

The Address

Fiona Davis

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.

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Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


Advance Galley Reviews

This was my first Fiona Davis novel and I enjoyed it. I liked the dual timeline as it was easy to follow and not confusing at all. The story was not as predictable as I was expecting when it dealt with the older timeline. I actually found the older timeline more compelling than the other timeline. The pacing was okay. I wasn't necessarily hooked, but I was also wasn't bored. I will definitely check out the other previous work and look for future releases from her.

THE ADDRESS is an engrossing mystery and family drama with a majestic New York City landmark as its backdrop. The Dakota apartment building on the Upper West Side provides a link between two women one hundred years apart. I enjoyed learning about the history of The Dakota, as well as trying to figure out the century-old murder mystery presented. I loved how the dual time periods were mid-1880s and mid-1980s, so really it's historical fiction inside historical fiction. Sara and Bailey are both sympathetic and relatable characters. I enjoyed the author's straight-forward writing style, and the twists revealed at the end were simply delicious. I missed reading Fiona Davis' debut THE DOLLHOUSE last year, and now I definitely want to pick it up. 4 stars!

3 Stars. The Address is a historical fiction drama and mystery centered around the famous New York apartment building, the Dakota. The story is told in third person and takes place in 1884 and 1984. The 1884 storyline follows Sara Smythe and the 1984 storyline follows Bailey Camden. In 1884, Sara works as head housekeeper in a luxury London hotel. At the start of the story, Sara saves a child from falling out a window. The child’s father, Theo Camden, is impressed and offers her a job in an upscale apartment building that he is working on in New York called, the Dakota. Sara decides leave London and comes to New York to take the job in the Dakota. Once there, she is quickly promoted from head housekeeper to “managerette” of the Dakota, managing the day to day operations and the entire staff. She works closely Theo preparing the Dakota for opening and when the rich residents move in. Sara and Theo share a connection and those feeling quickly turn to romance despite Theo being married and the social class difference. This affair causes problems for Sara, putting everything at risk. In 1984, Bailey is recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction and has recently left rehab. She is broke, has lost her interior designer job, and does not have a place to live. Her last hope is her wealthy cousin, Melinda Camden, who comes through by offering Bailey a job renovating her Dakota apartment. Melinda will let her live in the servants’ quarters while working on the renovations. Bailey’s side of the family is not rich because her grandfather was an orphan taken in by Camdens and was left out the inheritance. Even though Bailey dislikes Melinda’s idea of tearing down all the original decor of the apartment and replacing the decor with tacky modern items, Bailey takes the job. Since both appreciate the history of the Dakota, the superintendent, Renzo, tells Bailey she can move original decor into a storage room. While in the storage room, Bailey finds some old trunks that belonged to Theo Camden, his wife Minnie Camden, and Sara Smythe. She goes through the trunks and finds some items that make her question everything she knew about her family. As Bailey looks into her family’s history more, she grows closer to Renzo and finds information that changes her family forever. The story has a fair pace and interesting characters and settings. The chapters alternative with between Sarah in 1884 and Bailey in 1984. Both stories have a fairly quick pace keeping you interested. I preferred Bailey’s story more than Sara’s story. The theme in Sara’s story was the rich people treated everyone bad and life for poor women in the 1800s was terrible. Bailey’s story was more engrossing as she was trying to uncover family secrets and redeem herself after her addiction. Both Bailey and Sara were well-written characters. Sara was a hard worker and determined, but for someone who was so focused on her work, her affair seemed out of character. Bailey was friendly and curious, trying to learn more about the Dakota and her family. The secondary characters were great as well. The settings were well described and interesting. The story did not have any overly racy or violent scenes. The ending is not a cliffhanger. I enjoyed the book, but I would have liked to have a little less of Sara’s story. Fans of historical fiction and stories of the rich in New York would like this book.

I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes the duel timeline in books really is annoying but this one was easy to jump back and forth for me. It really kept my interest because I wanted to find how they were connected. I enjoyed the characters and the story line.

This had everything that I love, history, architecture, personal and familial dynamics, and of course, a murky murder. The flashbacks between the opening of the Dakota and then with generations still living in the building in the 80's was interesting and I think added to the story by pointing out the murkiness of everyone's family tree. Sure we may hear stories from grandparents or, if lucky, even great grandparents, but there's never going to be a lot of facts to put your finger on after decades. People die. Families are torn asunder and move on. Stories fade, just as the truth fades over the generations. (Unless you are from some "sensational" or famous family, of course)

A special thank you to Penguin Random House First to Read and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Fiona Davis' novel takes readers to the historic Dakota —the famous home of John Lennon from 1973 to his murder outside the building in 1980. The story opens in England with Sara Smythe, a head housekeeper at an elegant hotel. She is offered a job by Theodore Camden after she saves one of his children from falling out a window. Wanting a better life, she accepts the job which is to be the managerette of the Dakota, an upscale apartment building in New York City. Fast forward to 1985 New York City, where Bailey Camden has just completed a stint in rehab and is trying to get her life back on track. She is hired by her cousin, Melinda, to redecorate her apartment in the Dakota and is hopeful that this opportunity will relaunch her career. Davis joins the two storylines with the Dakota when Bailey finds Sara's belongings in a trunk in the basement of the decrepit building. As a reader, the best parts of the story were in the past. Even though the 80s are by far my favourite decade, um hello, best music ever, I simply couldn't connect with Bailey and just wanted to stay with Sara. Davis fell victim of the duelling storylines and I feel of late that this style has been done too much and as an avid reader, this type of narrative is old hat.

I was a little hesitant to start this book because it just didn’t seem like one that would interest me. I was a little surprised to find myself seeking out time to keep reading. The story itself was quite predictable (although a twist at the end that was unexpected but rewarding). In this historical fiction account, we go back and forth between Sara Smythe’s 1880’s tale and Bailey Camden’s 1980’s tale. Most of the story centers around The Dakota – an apartment building built in the 1880’s by architect Theo Camden. Sara is the mistress of Theo, who Bailey is loosely related to since the Camden family adopted her great-grandfather. Sara’s story unfolds in a freight train of activity: moving to the States, running the Dakota, being accused of theft, being sent to an insane asylum, returning, etc. Bailey’s story is no less fantastic: out of a job, fresh out of rehab and maniacally addicted to finding out the truth of her relation to the Camden family. The twists and turns are a bit predictable but it is an easy read and the twist at the end – although not alarming or fantastic – is satisfying. I received an advanced copy of this book in electronic format from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted to goodreads.com.

I was unable to access the book to read it so unfortunately I can not give a review of it: Something happened in the download of the book ( I tried to put it on my laptop instead of my desktop which is where I had been reading my first-to -read books becasue my e-reader did not support the platform that is used and after clicking to download it said my laptop could not support the adobe platform to read it). I re-tried on my desktop & it said it was already downloaded so I could not access it. I now have a new e-reader that allows me to use the aldiko app to access the books, just not this book. Long story short, I could not read the book which was very disappointing as I was really looking forward to it.

Though I lived in New York City for a couple years, I was unfamiliar with the name of this behemoth on the Upper West Side. It makes sense that the building would have been constructed long before the city grew up around it, and this invented history was fascinating. The story started slowly, with a staid (even dour) housekeeper in a London hotel, but it quickly picked up when she moved to New York and began to meet people and to describe her new surroundings. I do wish more attention had been given to her relationship with her mother and the parallels between their lives. The story flashed between the 1880s and the 1980s, but for much of the book, I preferred the older timeline. 1980s New York is not a time in culture or fashion that I find particularly interesting, but those were important points to touch upon to understand the characters. The story was occasionally predictable but overall engaging. I appreciated the opportunity to read an advance copy through the Penguin First to Read program in exchange for my honest review.

The Address by Fiona Davis was a trip back in time to pre-Gilded Age elegance and a historical mystery. The story goes back and forth between the late 1880s and in the 1980s, but at a special place - The Dakota. In the 1880s, Sara Smythe is head housekeeper of a hotel in London. A rescue brings her in contact with the Camden family. Theodore Camden is an architect and involved in the project of building the Dakota in New York City. He asks Sara to come and be the head housekeeper to all the families who will be moving in to the new building. She decides to take the job and in returns finds out she will be the new lady managerette and in charge of the whole building. She becomes closer to Theo Camden and begins a relationship. In the 1980s, Bailey Camden just got out of rehab for a drinking problem. No money and no job, she goes to her cousin Melinda Camden, who gives her the job of renovating her apartment in the Dakota. Trying to keep herself busy, she explores the basement and finds trunks belonging to the Camdens and a Sara Smythe. She begins to research the history of the building and finds out the details of the murder of Theodore Camden and his descendants. I really enjoyed how this story comes together and all the little historical details added in. Davis does a really good job connecting you with the main characters, especially since I don't condone affairs. I will definitely recommend and will be keeping up with her other works.

I received a copy of this book from First to Read for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this story set in the early 1900s when the Dakota apartment building was first opened and also set in 1985--a time I remember well because it was when I was also working in New York City! As is the case with many of these stories set in two timeframes, I tend to enjoy one story more than the other. In this case, it was the early days of the building. I loved reading about the history of the time and how Manhattan came to be developed. The storyline was interesting, if a bit soapy at times. A good read perfect for a summer day!

Excellent read!!! Set in NYC at The Dakota where Lennon was killed, it travels back and forth in time. From the beginning of the building, 1884/5 to 1985. A story of scandal, secrets, intrigue, lies, cruelty, trickery and family lineages. I loved Fiona Davis' first novel and I think this one is even better!! I read this all in one sitting and was mesmerized. I could not put it down. I definitely recommend this book! Thanks to Read it First and the fact that I had points, I got to read this outstanding book. I write this honest, unbiased review as a protocol to receiving the e-galley.

I loved this story. I felt the author did a fantastic job of transporting me to 1885 New York. Where it fell a little short for me was in 1985 and the characters then. I didn't really care for Bailey and Melissa and felt there needed to be more character development. The story was a little slower paced but always had my attention and I enjoyed how the connection between everyone turned out.

The Address is the second novel by Fiona Davis. Sara J. Smythe is the head housekeeper at Langham Hotel in London in June 1884. Sara happens to notice a little girl walking on the ledge outside a hotel room and rushes to rescue her. Theodore Camden, the child’s father and an architect, offers Sara a job in New York at The Dakota. The Dakota is a fancy apartment house with hotel amenities. Sara, after some thought, accepts the position and sails for New York. She arrives at The Dakota and finds herself promoted to managerette. Sara works closely with Theo in getting the building ready for its new occupants. Life is full of possibilities in America. Will Sara find the happiness she has been yearning for in America? Bailey Camden has just been released from Silver Hill, a rehab facility, in New York in 1985. She was hoping to return to her position at Crespo and O’Reilly, but it seems Bailey burned her bridges with them. Her last hope is her cousin, Melinda. Melinda and her twin brother, Manvel own an apartment in the Upper West Side of New York at The Dakota. Bailey has loved the building since she was a child. Her grandfather was a ward of Theodore Camden, who was murdered in that very apartment. Melinda is redecorating and offers the job to Bailey along with a place to live. Melinda’s “style” involves ripping out all the beautiful woodwork and vintage features of the gilded age apartment. In the storage area of the building, Bailey uncovers trunks belong to Theodore Camden and Sara Smythe. Secrets that have long been hidden are about to come to light. Bailey embarks on a journey of discovery. Dark family secrets have a way of coming forth into the light. I felt that Fiona Davis did a notable job at capturing the historical time-period and setting of New York at it was being developed in 1884. The Dakota (which is a real building in New York and can be viewed online) was a unique apartment building, and I loved reading about the beautiful details put into the building (along with the gorgeous dress descriptions). I preferred Sara’s chapters over Bailey’s (especially in the beginning). In a way, I wish the whole novel had been about Sarah and what happened to her. It was interesting to see how Ms. Davis tied the past to Bailey Camden in 1985. I am rating The Address 3 out of 5 stars. The story is interesting but it has an expected ending (especially regarding Theodore). I was hoping the author would surprise me, but I was let down. I accurately guessed how the story would play out. I found the pace of the novel to be slow which can be attributed to the amount of detail provided by the author. While I love her descriptions and historical accuracy, the do make for a slow-moving story. Bailey’s chapters had a faster pace but they were less captivating (the 80s hold little appeal with the terrible fashions, party lifestyle, and the horrible Palm Beach/Miami Vice type décor). I am not enamored with the alternating chapters (the past and present) which seems to be very common lately in books. The Address ended up being a romance novel with a little mystery thrown in.

At first, the book really grabbed my attention. I found it interesting to see into the life of an English hotel head maid. What it was like behind the scenes of a hotel from the late 1800s. Sara Smythe, the head maid, was offered a job to move to the US and become the manager of a new apartment building. The story that revolves around Sara is gripping. Within the book, it jumps from Sara's time in the 1800s to present time with Bailey Camden. You get little hints here and there of how these two women are connected. I have gotten about half way through the book and got tired of waiting to find out the connection. The story revolving around Bailey is all about her trying to get over being an alcoholic and drug addict. I don't like stories that revolve around that. I am having a hard time wanting to finish the book.

Sara Smythe is the new "lady managerette" of The Dakota, New York's poshest new address. Of course she has also fallen in love with the married architect who designed the building. In the second timeline running through the book, Bailey Camden is trying to find herself, as part of a family, as a sober person, as a working woman. Both timelines are centered on The Dakota and the relationship between Sara Smythe and Thomas Camden, the architect. Ms. Davis does a remarkable job at these fictional looks at history. The description of the hospitals and the legal system's approach to females was frightening. Her characters are usually a bit predictable but still manage to capture the reader's attention. I couldn't help but compare Mr. Camden to the architect in Ayn Rand's Fountainhead. Both were bullheaded and felt the need to fight the status quo despite the personal damage. As always seems to be the case, I favor one storyline over the other. As predictable for me, I enjoyed Sara's story over Bailey's, which only seemed to exist to help clear up questions left from the past.

I liked this book but I didn't love it. There were parts of the story that I really liked while other sections of the book didn't capture my attention as well. This was a book that was never really hard for me to set aside. I actually started reading it just before bed and never had any desire to read more than one chapter. The story was never one that made me want to put my other reads aside and was really a rather slow start. I didn't have a hard time finishing it but the book seemed to lack that something extra that really seems to grab my attention. This story is told through dual timelines. The parts of the book that focus on Sara Smythe take place in 1884, while the section of the book from Bailey's point of view occur in 1985. As is often the case with this kind of story, I found myself enjoying one of the timelines much more than the other. Sara's story was really just so much more than Bailey's and anytime the book made the switch to 1985, I found myself wanting to put it down. There were a few times in the book when something that happened in 1985 would hint at an event that was going to happen in the earlier time period which took away some of the excitement. There were things that I really liked about the story. Sara Smythe was a character that was easy to like. She was very capable and was able to come up with impossible solutions quite quickly. The descriptions in the book were really well done. It was so interesting to see this famous building just as it was starting to be lived in. There were a few times in the book that I was really quite surprised by the turn the story took. While I thought that the 1985 time period was described quite well, I just had a hard time connecting with anything going on in that timeline. Bailey was not as easy to like as Sara. The Dakota's super and the neighbor downstairs were much easier to like. Bailey did grown on my by the end of the book but I still always preferred Sara's story. I think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in this story to give it a try. I would not hesitate to read more from Fiona Davis in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Dutton via First to Read.

Two storylines set one-hundred one years apart and filled with drama! ? Overall, this was an okay read. The writing style was straight-forward and I liked that part of the story demonstrated exactly how family cycles have a way of repeating themselves, but ultimately, I lost interest after Sara was admitted to the asylum. I liked the idea of this story, but it didn't fully hold my interest.

There are few stories that so seamlessly and entirely transport a reader into another world as Fiona Davis's novel, "The Address". I absolutely loved it! The dual timelines and storylines work well together to tell an engrossing story of hope, love, and family. The characters are relatable and real while the description of the Dakotas is magical. By coincidence I happened to be in New York while reading this novel and I was able to see the building with new eyes when I visited. Davis has created a truly enjoyable and delightful novel that is satisfying until the end. I wholeheartedly recommend "The Address" to anyone looking for a wistful and romantic read.

What a book! This may be one of the best books I've read in the last year. The author was able to write characters that made me read late at night, page after page revealing more about these characters that were so real. There are two wonderful stories here, set about 100 years apart, sited in the The Dakota, a famous New York apartment house. The earlier story is of Theo Camden, an architect, and Sara Smythe, who becomes the "manageress" of the Dakota and how they fall into love and peril at the same time. The later story is about the descendants of Theo and Sara, and how they learn to live life, on lifes' terms. The two stories are gripping and unfold in tandem. I loved this book. The author has a lovely touch when showing people in their frailty, idiosyncratic behaviors and other faults. These are real people that I was rooting for through the book.

“The Address” is a treasure. I loved the author’s writing style, the main characters were well developed and the story line kept me captivated from the first page until the end. The Author weaved two time frames, one hundred years apart, seamlessly throughout the book. The first time frame is the building of the Dakota apartments in New York City in the1830’s and the second time frame is an update of the Dakota in the 1940’s. The Dakota is probably best known today as the place where John Lennon was shot and killed. I found this book riveting. The author used historical facts as well as fiction to bring this story alive. In the 1930’s New York City was expanding. Huge mansions were being built for the very wealthy. There were also a good number of people who had wealth but not the kind of wealth that could afford huge mansions for their families. The Dakota was built with these people in mind. No two apartments had the same floor plan. All the apartments had the most up to date luxury appointments that were available in the 1830’s. Around 1884 Sara Smythe was working her way up the ladder at a posh hotel in London. Her goal was to become head housekeeper. Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the Dakota, and his family were staying at the hotel when Sara had a chance encounter with him. He asked Sara many questions about the hotel and was impressed with her answers. When he returned to New York City he recommend Sara to be the Manager of the Dakota. When he contacted her in London to see if she was interested in the position, after much consideration, Sara accepted the offer. As Manager She held the top position at the Dakota. Sara had the Dakota running smoothly from the day it opened. I loved getting acquainted with all the various people who were working and living at the Dakota. As in most large communities, there were tragedies, secrets, affairs, betrayal, heartache, revenge and any number of things involving the Dakota during a very rough time in New York City in the 1930’s. In the 1940’s Bailey Camden had just gotten out of rehab due to alcohol and drug addiction. She is an interior designer and had just been told her company did not want to retain her services. It suffices to say that Bailey and her husband are both self-absorbed characters. The story begins to wrap up with the Camden estate. Two generations earlier Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect, Theodore Camden who had died recently. Bailey is counting on the inheritance from the Camden estate to bail her out of her financial difficulties. Her cousin, Melinda Camden has never known if she is a real Camden or not. She knows Bailey will inherit the estate but she still wants to know her true heritage. I was completely unprepared for the way this part of the book ended. Note: I received this book in galley form from First Reads and there was no charge.

I really enjoyed this book. It was historical fiction mixed with mystery. I loved the dual time zones a century apart that tied the story together. Very clever! I'm from NY so the setting was interesting to me. I walked by The Dakota for years and loved learning more about its history. This was my first book by Fiona Davis. Now I can't wait to get my hands on her debut novel, The Dollhouse.

"The Address" is well written with well developed characters and a fine sense of time. The author does a grand job of switching between the stories separated by 100 years. I never found myself having to go back to the beginning of the chapter to remember which time I was in. If there is any disappointment in the book it is that the Dakota was kept too much in the wings. She was like a Grand Dame given only a few walk-ons. She was a "presence" but it would have been nice to have a few more lines from her.

The Address by Fiona Davis is a thoroughly engrossing novel that spans 100 years at the Dakota. I liked the author's technique of showing parallel worlds by having both main characters involved in similar activities, one in 1884 and the other in 1985. Both stories are well written and would be stand alone novels, however it is a special treat to read them together and have clues to a mystery slowly unfolding across the years. Every family has skeletons and the Dakota is a perfect setting for their discovery. Thank you to First to Read and Penquin Random House for this early reading opportunity.

What a fabulous read. I loved the dual timelines and especially enjoyed my time spent at the Dakota with Sara. What a fascinating look at that age. I highly recommend this one.

4.5 stars Fiona Davis’s new novel focuses on The Dakota in New York City. The title is cleverly drawn from a review of the building following its opening in 1885 in which the reviewer stated that “the Dakota will undoubtedly be known as ‘The Address’ of New York’s West Side.” Davis melds historical events with a spectacular tale of greed, passion, love and sacrifice told in a dual timeline format alternating between the mid-1880’s and 1985. While I enjoyed both stories, I preferred Bailey’s in 1985 because I found poor Sara’s story so sad. The ending of The Address was spectacular because Davis cleverly connects the two tales and includes a surprise I never saw coming. It was perfect. My favorite part of the book was the inclusion of so much historical detail regarding The Dakota. It is fascinating to me that the walls are stuffed with thick horsehair and the space between each floor contains three feet of mud. Davis explains why each apartment is shaped differently, and the complex effort it took to accomplish that feat. She also mentions the ghosts that reside there, and the numerous famous people that lived there over The Dakota’s life. She includes so many more fabulous stories and descriptions, but I do not have enough time nor space to include them all. Her Author’s Note at the end was welcome as she explained the events she altered a bit for the sake of her story. I always appreciate when an author takes the time to elaborate on his or her inspiration and to clarify purposeful historical inaccuracies. The Address is a superb read. I look forward to my next trip to New York City when I plan to walk by The Dakota and pay attention in person to the many details I learned while reading this wonderful book.

Fiona Davis's "The Address" is similar in structure and subject to her novel "The Dollhouse" - two story lines at two different points in history, both dealing with an iconic New York City building, both ending in murder with a twist. I think, though, that "The Address" is more successful than "The Dollhouse" in the end - the Dakota is more alive as a setting in this book than the Barbizon was in the last one. If I'm going to read a book about the Dakota or the Barbizon, I want to really get the feel for what it would have been like to live in one of these in its heyday, and this novel gets closer to achieving that. As is sometimes the case with duel-narrative books, one timeline is more compelling than the others. Sara's story, in 1884, was the one that grabbed me. The stakes are higher for her character as an English immigrant who comes to New York for upward mobility and a new life managing the Dakota apartment building and its cast of characters. Bailey's story, in the '80s, serves mostly to unravel the mystery of the previous century, but the depiction of an '80s party girl trying to get her act together after rehab is entertaining. Fun read - will appeal to historical fiction fans and those who like an Old New York story.

I enjoyed this novel, in spite of initial misgivings. While my familiarity with the Gilded Age and New York City history is cursory at best, it was enough to make certain elements of the story (i.e. timeline and names) seem “off” which resulted in a disruption of flow. It may even be necessary to remind yourself that this is a work of fiction, NOT a history. I know I found myself conscientiously doing this in the first part of the novel, but the author is aware of this as she addresses this issue at the end of the novel in the “Acknowledgements.” This is information that would have been better placed at the beginning. That being said…. The story of Sara was compelling enough for me to continue reading to the very end. I appreciate the dual timelines and narrative, but I really did not like the character of Bailey. I disliked her enough that I merely skimmed those chapters. I also found her “parallels” to Sara to be more contrived and forced than elucidating. The story of Sara’s life at the Dakota was riveting. The intrigue with Daisy and a glimpse into slum life for immigrants, the treatment of women while interred at Blackwell’s Island, the intervention of the reporter Nellie Bly, and the social expectations of woman at all socio-economic levels was very well done. It was those elements that will enable me to recommend this as a novel appropriate for book clubs or light weekend reads. If you are a reader who prefers your historical fiction to be more enlightening with regards to historical insights, this is not your novel; however, if you like some history with interesting historically based characters, then go for it!

This book so made me want to travel. I appreciated the history, the characters, and the story throughout. This book was well worth the read!

I found this book to be very readable, and I was sucked into it immediately. It had many unexpected twists and turns that made me want to keep reading. However, I found the dual timeline format to be somewhat jarring; and it threw me off a few times throughout the story. Ultimately, I liked the two stories, but the way they went back and forth was what caused me problems. Also, I think the story wrapped up quite abruptly - I was wishing for more detail to fill in the ending. I really liked the heroine of the timeline in the 1800's, but it took me most of the book to warm up to the one in the 1900's timeline. Both stories were interesting, especially in the way the mystery unfolded, but the more modern heroine was whiny and floundering at the beginning of the book. She grew up as the story went on, which made me like her and her story more. My favorite parts though were when Sarah came to America from England and took on the responsibility as manager of the Dakota. I loved how the building was such a large part of the story, and how it added to the mystery. I'd call this book enjoyable, but somewhat flawed. I'll definitely look for more from this author. Thank you to the First to Read program for allowing me to read an advanced copy.

I loved the Sara storyline and all of the history that went with it. I think the 1980s Bailey storyline was distracting and added an unwelcome sense of predictability to the story.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, mostly because I don't always enjoy dual timelines in books as I normally find one weaker than the other. Not so in this case. Although the "present" 1980's storyline was weaker to me, it certainly was not boring. In 1884, we met Sara from London who ends up leaving for New York and a job at the Dakota. In 1985, Bailey is working on renovating the Dakota. I enjoyed that the link between Sara and Bailey grew as the story progressed along with uncovering family secrets. The secondary characters were well fleshed out too. I definitely recommend this book.

The characters and plot were well developed within this novel. However, the story seemed to move slowly along and struggled to hold my attention. I did not find myself waiting to get back to reading this story. I appreciated the historical facts that were highlighted and the way the scenes were described. I would possibly try another move by Fiona Davis, but I am not sure this is the writing style for me.

There are two time lines going on in this story, 100 years apart. Initially I thought it was about the Dakota, the famous New York city building on the edge of the city park. As the story develops, it swirls around the lives of two women, separated by time but with their own issues to deal with. They are tied together more than just by location, and the story slowly reveals a mystery that the reader knows the answer two, even if the two main characters don't. I love historic buildings and would love a tour. Sara and Bailey struggle to lead their lives, buffeted by circumstance and the era that they live in. The reader only hopes that happiness can befall them, and you will know only if you read this story. I do recommend this book.

I really enjoyed this novel! I love historical fiction, and I was intrigued by its two storylines set a century apart and revolving around The Dakota building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Sara is the first manageress of the building as it opens in the mid 1880s, and Bailey is renovating her cousin's apartment in 1985. Bailey stumbles upon some information about Sara and Theodore Camden, the building's architect, leading her to search for answers regarding her own family. I will definitely recommend this book to friends.

The plot is cleverly done and competently paced, with the mystery that winds between the two different generations and keeps the reader guessing. Some of the twists I could see coming, but some were genuinely surprising (and fun). The descriptions were fine, though the prose doesn't exactly sing. And I wish the author had fleshed out her characters more, especially Sara, who seems to drift into doing stupid and potentially life-ruining things without putting up much of a fight, even when she has every reason to know better. A little more internal conflict, from her and from some of the others as well, would have been welcome. But on the plus side, the book kept me turning pages, wondering how things were going to work out, and it was realistic enough not to tie everything up in a neat bow at the end.

A beautiful story that brings you in and makes you want to know more. Told in the similar style of her debut novel, The Address really sucks you into the story from the first page.  Both stories are good on their own. I feel like Sarah's part is much more developed and is what really keeps the story going; I could have had a full novel just based on her life and been happy. That is not to say I did not enjoy Bailey's part - I found her to be intriguing, and with her past, I had a lot of sympathy for her. However, I felt her part, specifically the end, to be rushed. I enjoyed Davis's attempt to weave in accurate parts of the history of the Dakota into the story she developed for Sarah Smythe. I also appreciated the note she left at the end discussing what liberties she took with history.  I found the overall plot to be very interesting and kept me coming back. I found myself thinking about these characters while at work and looked forward to getting home to cuddle up on the couch and catch up with them. The writing style was wonderful. I find Davis to have a beautiful writing style. She does a great job with the two perspectives, though I feel like the part of Sarah was her main focus in this one. I did find that, while I sympathized with Bailey, I never felt a connection with her. I think she had an interesting story but it did not unravel in the way I would have preferred. I also am not sure of how I feel about the ending for her, though I found Sarah's to have everything tied up nicely.  I preferred The Dollhouse out of the two, but I definitely recommend The Address to any reader who enjoys historical fiction, family relationships, and a little bit of mystery. I look forward to seeing what Davis has to offer the book world in the future.

I really enjoyed the previous book by the author. I was worried that I wouldn't like this one as much, but I was not disappointed! I love her ability to establish such a solid sense of place across different timelines. I'm inspired to learn more about the building itself. Great read!

If you liked The Dollhouse this is a very similar book. The structure of the two story lines at different times that connect to each other works well in this book. You have the base story of the opening of The Dakota in 1885 and the relationship between the architect (Theo Camden) and the manager of the building (Sara Smythe). The book is about two-thirds made up of the 1885 story. There are a lot of elements of New York history weaved into this part of the book from the delivery of the Statue of Liberty to the horrors of Blackwell Island and the women sent there. The other part of the book takes place in 1985 and revolves around the fourth generation of Camdens. This story really focuses on Bailey trying to learn about Theo and the mystery of what happened in when he was murdered. I will say that nothing in the book was really a surprise to me and the outcomes in the end I saw before they were revealed but it was very enjoyable and I read it in two or three days.

Unfortunately I abandoned the Address after 70 pages. The prose is fine, just wasn't my exactly my cup of tea. May revisit at a later date.

For some reason I could not stay connected with this novel. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the writing. The plot is well treated, and "unraveled" well. Brilliant ending. I don't know why I lost so much interest in it. It happens I guess. I still recommend this book even though it wasn't right for me. I also want to go and read Fiona Davis' first novel, The Dollhouse.

I don't normally like historical fiction, but I decided to give this a try after hearing such great things about The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. Sara Smythe is a housekeeper in a hotel in England in the 1800's when she meets a mysterious man from the United States who wants her to come work in NYC at the Dakota (yep, the place Lennon was shot). The Dakota has just been built and Sara is going to manage the day-to-day operations of the building. Part of the book is set in 1985, when a relative of one of the characters tries to unravel a mystery that happened at the Dakota back when Sara was working there. I really enjoyed this book and will have to go back and read The Dollhouse. Thanks to First to Read for the advanced copy!

As a New Yorker, it's easy to delve into a book where one of the more prominent buildings is the main setting. Of course the Dakota is known for where John Lennon lived as well as other known celebrities, but the Dakota is also known for those celebrities who were turned away. So, we get to read a story around the time where it all began. But we also read another story closer in time, right after the John Lennon era. Cool, you are getting two stories for the price of one. A before and present if you will. The stories run on their separate tracks and start heading towards familiar cliche's and romantic stereotypes. And just as I am pleading, please don't go there, oh no, you're going to go there aren't you, oh, you just went there and I'm not half way done with the book - boom I get hit with the unexpected pleasant surprise. The one where you didn't see coming. Both stories all of a sudden seem to have a connection after all. What transpires afterwards is a wonderful read. By the way, kudos for references to the Limelight, which brings back many fond memories.

Two stories from two completely different times are interwoven into this novel. Sara Smythe is working in a highly regarded London hotel in 1884 and is working her way up the ranks when a nearly catastrophic situation leads to the offer of a lifetime. Theodore Camden, an architect of a newly finished New York apartment house, offers Sara passage to the United States and a position in the new building as head housekeeper. Bailey Camden is living in 1985. Fresh out of rehab she tries to piece her life back together after being let go from the interior design firm she was working at after humiliating herself and the company in her last drunken stupor before entering the program. With no prospects, she is thrilled when her "cousin" Melinda Camden offers Bailey a job renovating The Dakota, the apartment building her great-grandfather built. Bailey's grandfather was a ward of Theodore Camden and therefore has no genetic link to claim the inheritance he left behind so she is at the mercy of her cousin when she decides she want to strip the building of all its history and character. I was drawn to this book because of my love of historical fiction and it did not disappoint. This is the first one I have read by Fiona Davis and I will definitely be adding more to my list. She did a beautiful job describing intricate details that transport you straight back in time and leave you feeling like you witnessed exactly what she described. The story itself was somewhat predictable, but had enough little twists to keep it interesting. The two main characters were likable and added to the story in their own way without distracting from the other. The Address by Fiona Davis is a solid book for lovers of historical fiction and an even bigger treat for those that enjoy architecture and its preservation

After reading The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis, when I saw she had another book out I was immediately interested. Her second novel did not disappoint. It’s a wonderful combination of mystery, historical fiction and romance. The story is told from two different time frames and centers around the Dakota Apartment building. Sara begins the story in 1884 when she saves a child from falling out of a window in the London hotel where she works. Because of that, she is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to come to New York and help manage the new Dakota Apartment building. The story picks up again in 1985, when Bailey Camden, fresh out of rehab, returns to New York and ends up helping her cousin Melinda renovate the family apartment at the Dakota. There were some past unresolved family issues and when Bailey begins the renovation, she discovers several clues from the past that eventually fill in the blanks from the family’s past. I enjoyed both storylines equally and although it was a bit of a slow start, this was a quick read because once I was far enough into the story, it was hard to put down. Many thanks to First to Read/Penguin for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.

Author Fiona Davis moves her attention from the Barbizon to the Dakota in THE ADDRESS, an intriguing tale that once again intertwines narratives from the past and present. Her modern day (somewhat, as we're in the 1980s here) protagonist is a recovering alcoholic interior decorator who is distantly related to an architect involved in creating the Dakota in New York City. The reader's guide to the past is a British emigre who has come to America to manage the brand new apartment building that the owners hope will become THE address of the upper echelon of society. Bailey Camden is seeking a fresh start by remodeling her rich cousin's flat, and finds a sympathetic ear in the building's superintendent who is also off the drink. They end up discovering some mysterious trunks stowed away in the depths of the Dakota, and that starts Bailey on a quest to find out how exactly she's related to Theo Camden the architect who was murdered by the Dakota's original lady manager. Sara Smythe, the illegitimate daughter of nobility, finds a fresh start as the lady manager of the Dakota, but there's that handsome architect Theo Camden hovering around the fringes, shooting off sparks of sexual attraction. Except he's married with children, wouldn't you know. Well, a girl can't resist, can she, and before long she's up the stick. Scandal doesn't begin to describe her predicament in the 1880's. The story of Sara is revealed to the reader as Bailey uncovers bits and pieces of that narrative, the whole puzzle coming together with some well-crafted tension. Then Ms. Davis creates an ending reminiscent of her earlier work, in which things happen that don't fit what's been set up because she wanted a particular ending. The cruelty of the antagonist comes out of the blue due to a general lack of clues sprinkled in earlier, even though she tries to lay them out at the end. THE ADDRESS is an enjoyable read, in general, and worth the time for fans of historical fiction who enjoy the use of factual details to add depth to a novel.

The Dakota building in New York City has been a setting for several books due to the beauty and mystery of the grand building. I enjoyed the book told in two different eras one in 1885, when the building was opened, and one hundred years later in 1985. Sara Smythe is drawn to work in The Dakota because of the vision of a better life in New York rather than remaining in London. Sara ends up being caught up in the middle of lies and secrets much to her dismay. One hundred years later Bailey is in New York City just out of rehab. Her life is a shambles and her family friend offers her to live in her apartment in The Dakota to oversee the updating of the apartment. Bailey uncovers some old trunks that she opens. The trunks are filled with things that pique Bailey's interest, especially when she opens Sara's trunk and finds a picture of Sara holding her grandfather. Bailey's

The Address was my first time reading Fiona Davis. I chose to enter to read this book based on my love for historical novels and the fact it's set in the Dakota.. I'm pleased the gave me a First To Read! I think she did a wonderful job in historical descriptions, sometimes when in detail they tend to get boring but they were vivid and always fit into context. Adding some historical facts as elements in the story was a nice addition as well. As far as the story goes, I felt it read very much like a mini-series.. Somewhat predictable with enough action and drama to keep you coming back. The storylines of both main characters occur a century apart so that aspect made it intriguing in itself. The similarities of these opposite characters in the face of redemption in restarting life can resonate within everyone to a certain extent. Overall, if you keep in mind this is a book on historical fiction I believe you'll thoroughly enjoy it. This is my first review for First To Read. I personally don't like to reas spoilers in reviews so I won't add any.

New York City's historic Dakota Apartments served as a backdrop to love, loss, dreams, desire, and identity in Fiona Davis' The Address. Behind the walls of the famous residence, lines crossed, never to untie again. Davis presented her story via the dual perspectives and timelines of Sara Smythe, an English immigrant in 1885 and Bailey Camden, party girl turned interior designer in 1985. These characters connect without ever meeting. But, their connection demonstrated how precious the story's themes stretch generations. Setting Prior to reading this tale, The Dakota's majesty and reputation spoke to me. John Lennon's murder occurred there. "Rosemary's Baby" used the complex as its setting. Famous artists, such as Roberta Flack, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, and Albert Maysles, chose the grandeur as their residence. Thus, on setting alone, I wanted to read this book. I'm glad I made the choice. Davis clearly adored the place as her research shows hours of information, granting full transparency of The Dakota's history and personality. As the reader enters the complex's walls, you're sucked in, wishing you signed a lease to stay. Furthermore, NYC's historical background granted more than enough to strike an interest. Davis included slivers of actual moments, such as the delivery of the Statue of Liberty and the dawn of New York City before the first skyscraper. You felt the hunger and determination of the fresh faces, desperate to get by to the next day. Verdict: A, Davis' research showed throughout the story. Plot Davis set a clear plot without much confusion. In 1885, Sara Smythe worked as the head housekeeper of a grand London hotel, when one day, she saves the life of a little girl. As a token of appreciation, the little girl's father, an architect, invited her to work for him, promising higher status than earned there. With secrets and a past, she wished to avoid, Sara accepts the position and immigrates to NYC, fresh-faced and fresh in reputation. Once there, she serves as the head manager ("managerette" in prefeminist terms at the time). However, after a brief tryst, she struggles to get her head above water after a series of hardship and mistreatment. Whereas, in 1985, down and out of rehab, Bailey Camden wished to create a new start. She's a social pariah after an embarrassing moment at a party, threatening her interior designing career. Given the chance to restart, she makes the most of her new opportunity, but when curiosity strikes her, she finds more than she expected underground. Verdict: B, Melodrama mashed with a straight-forward story of the aforementioned themes in an given Aaron Spelling series kept me interested as it would another reader. Characters Outside of your basic characters, like her father, a love interest, and cousin, focus stayed on three characters: Sara Smythe and Bailey Camden. Sara left home to seek a new life and when she arrives, not understanding the costs involved, she suffered, but never faltered under someone's thumb. She's a strong character, no matter how others treat her. Additionally, we saw how women and the mentally ill's mistreated in this story during one of her experiences. Sara held her hair high. On the other hand, Bailey's less strong, but still doesn't quite gives up. She completed her rehab, and despite shunning from snooty packs, she's determined to make a way for herself. Both women hunger for something fresh and exciting. Yet, they refuse to leave their backbones behind and sell themselves short for an easier life. While I found Sara's chapters more riveting, Bailey's provided glue I didn't know I wanted. Verdict: B, While there's some paint by numbers characterization, Sara and Bailey kept my attention. Pacing A bit slow in the beginning, as aforementioned, Davis put the work in her story. Sometimes, she threw in a lot of history and description, which slowed the pace. Once the story gained its footing, the pacing quickened. Verdict: C, Too much research bogs the story down. Don't bore us. Get to the chorus. Conclusion This good story, albeit tragic and serious, about two strong-willed women seeking their paths amid drama, scandal, and joy entertained me. However, this story slowed a bit in the beginning and engrossed me during Sara's chapters than Bailey's. But, I'd recommend this tale for historical fiction lovers nonetheless. Verdict: 3/5 Dakota lease agreements

As I've not read a book by Fiona Davis before, the historical aspect of this book is what drew me to it. I have to say I enjoyed it and will be adding her previous book to my TBR list. The dual timeline was well done and you can connect with both Sarah in 1885 and Bailey in 1985. The story is wonderfully woven and I would definitely recommend it.

I really enjoyed The Address; I hadn't read Fiona Davis's first book but now I definitely will. The parallel story lines were beautifully done; Sarah's story in the early time period is especially engaging, but I did also enjoy Bailey's story - how she unravels the mystery of the earlier timeline and seeing how she is in some ways falling into the same patterns Sarah did a century earlier. I thought the Dakota as a setting was used perfectly - Davis really evokes the time period through place, but it never feels like the Dakota becomes too central or detracts from the characters. There were times when I thought I could guess where the narrative was going, but even though a few aspects are predictable, the ending also takes some unexpected turns that are surprising but also completely fitting to the story and the characters. Thanks for the read, and I'll definitely recommend it!

My Rating: 3.5 stars I had wanted to read this book primarily because of the historical setting and in a way, from a historical perspective, the author Fiona Davis was able to deliver, as she did a pretty good job establishing a sense of time and place with her vivid descriptions of the Dakota apartment house building in New York City, the infamous location where Beatles lead singer John Lennon was murdered back in 1980. The present day narrative does refer to the Lennon murder in a historical context, but that’s about the extent it goes, as the main story itself is a fictional one about the Camden family and their connection to the Dakota. Through a dual timeline primarily taking place in New York City in 1885 and 100 years later in 1985, the Dakota is the link that binds the two past and present narratives together. The first narrative is about a woman named Sara Smythe who, through a chance encounter with architect Theodore Camden in London in 1884, is hired on to become manager of the new apartment house complex he was in charge of building in New York City, called the Dakota. Once Sara arrives in New York, she is able to put her skills to good use and rise above the circumstances in an era when women were looked down upon and given little respect. In the second narrative, taking place in 1985, Bailey Camden is a recovering alcoholic who finds herself in desperate circumstances after completing rehab, so she reconnects with her cousin Melinda, the official heir to the Camden legacy, and is tasked with redesigning her apartment in the Dakota. The 2 narratives start to collide when Bailey finds 3 trunks belonging to Sara, Theodore, and his wife Minnie in the storage area of the building, which sets off a “mystery” of sorts with Bailey trying to find out what exactly happened 100 years ago as well as her own connection to that past. This was a simply written story and a good choice for a quick, enjoyable summer read. While I liked it enough overall, I felt that there was not much depth to the story or the characters, which was one reason why I couldn’t rate this book any higher than I did. The story was quite typical and predictable and the way some of the events unfolded felt a bit too contrived – there were times I felt like I was reading an outline with a series of events filled in neatly one after another, all leading to an ending that I pretty much already figured out halfway through the book. I did appreciate the historical elements that Davis was able to incorporate into both narratives, though I will admit that I was a little disappointed when the second half of the book strayed a bit and focused more on the mystery and romance aspects of the story rather than the history. There were also a few sections where the way certain characters were written, their reaction to things that happened either didn’t make a whole lot of sense or wasn’t strong enough, which I think contributed to why I wasn’t really able to connect with the characters much. In the author’s note, Davis indicates that this story is a “blend of historical fact and fiction” and for me, it was interesting to find out which parts were real versus the ones that were made up. I actually did a little bit of Google searching afterwards, as the book had piqued my interest in the Dakota (I live in California and have never been to New York, so I had no idea about the landmark’s historical background) and was happy to see that many of the historical details Davis had incorporated were quite accurate. With that said however, I also feel that the historical context was a little underused at some points when there was opportunity to make it stand out more. I’ve seen this book marketed as historical fiction but to me, it felt more like a “cozy mystery in a historical setting” – regardless though, the story was quite readable, just not really what I expected. Received ARC from Dutton / Random House via Penguin First-to-Read program.

Thought this book was interesting but somewhat predictable. Thanks to First to Read for letting me read this book.

I loved learning more about this era in New York City (the earlier time period). It's incredible to me just how much growth was occurring. I also felt for Bailey, as an interior designer myself, that she had a client who was basically destroying history to satisfy a desire to follow the trends. But that is beside the point. I enjoyed the intrigue and the slow unfolding of events to get to the solution. I liked the two female protagonists and was saddened by Sara's plight.

I love historical fiction set in NYC and this delivered. The intertwining stories told from two different women's perspectives added extra suspense. Good character development and some unexpected twists and turns!

I loved this book just like I knew I would. The hook was a historical fiction story set in NYC 1884. It was so much more than that however. The story doesn't start exactly where one would expect and through a turn of events, we are gripped and transported to the meat of the story. Adding another layer is the dual timeline that flashes between 1884 and 1985 with characters that I liked almost immediately and engaging storylines. I enjoyed that the story is firmly rooted in history yet it's a work of fiction where gaps can be filled in with delicious detail. Davis writes beautifully and the details flow with such delicate ease. I haven't read Davis's prior book, The Dollhouse, but you can bet I will now! Likely, I'll reread this one too!

This is my first Fiona Davis novel and I found this so enjoyable that I plan to put The Dollhouse on my TBR list, as well. The parallel time frames worked really well for me jumping back and forth between 1885 and 1985. I found myself more intrigued with Sara's story in 1885, but the two stories entwined brought something extra to the historical mystery. I loved the details of the Dakota building and the occasional historical figures, but never felt that the historical tidbits took away from the plot. The book kept a nice pace & I found myself turning the pages quickly Very good summer read. Thanks First to Read for the Advanced Copy

This was the first book I had read from Fiona Davis, but I definitely plan to read her other novel now too! The Address gets a solid 4.5 stars from me. This novel has wonderful historical details, well-developed characters, plenty of twists and turns (many that I didn't see coming), and great execution of one foot in the past and the other in the "present" (1985, in this case). The ending might seem cliche to some, but I enjoyed it. It seemed to fit with the rest of the story. I also didn't like the "present" storyline as much as the past, but it wasn't a dealbreaker. I definitely recommend this!

This book was full of twists and turns, which is not something I normally expect in historical fiction. The Address was a prize. I enjoyed reading it and savored it over several days but always wanted a little bit more after each time I opened it up. The book was engaging and blended well the two stories that spanned a century. I thought Sara and Bailey were engrossing characters, who both were trying to find their place in a world that was harsh and in many cases unforgiving to them. I loved the historic elements of the Dakota and Blackwell's Island and how the author wove in these real places with a (mostly) fictional cast of characters. This was a book I would recommend if you are a fan of historical fiction that is filled with interesting characters and you are open to a story that you would not necessarily expect. Thanks to First to Read for the opportunity to read and review this novel.

This was the first book I had read from author Fiona Davis. I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. Chapters flipped between two different time periods, which kept my attention. There were lots of plot twists that I didn't expect. I now want to read The Dollhouse so that I can compare the two novels. The two main characters Sara and Bailey are both interesting, with a stronger storyline developed around the 1800s time period. Tieing the story to the infamous Dakota added another contemporary reference. Enjoyed the book thoroughly.

Much like Fiona Davis’s THE DOLLHOUSE, THE ADDRESS is an historical fiction account of the history of the Dakota Building in New York City. Interesting characters and a well told story make the novel a quick, entertaining read. I’ve definitely become a fan of the author... and this novel. My thanks to Penguin First to Read for the Advance Reader Copy.

Lots of similarities in style between this book and The Dollhouse. I think I enjoyed the story line of this one more. I loved the idea of a glimpse inside the Dakota Building in the 1880s and in the 1980s. A big plot twist, that I didn't expect, occurs about halfway through the book in the 1800s portion of the story. Then again about 3/4 of the way through. I was more prepared for the second and had predicted most of it although the author still caught me by surprise with some of what happened in the more modern story. All in all, it was an enjoyable story with some interesting details about the Dakota that I liked a lot.

This author`s work was new for me but well worth the read. Two plots take place approximately 100 years apart so chapters flip-flop back and forth through time. I, personally, preferred the story happening in the 1800`s but the other tied in well. The author has done her research well. Historical figures are mentioned now and again as well as how life was for those living at that time period. Very interesting! This is an author whom I won't hesitate to read a book by again - in fact, I look forward to it.

Well-written novel with alternating, yet connected stories that take place in two different time periods - 1885 and 1985. The first story involves Sara Smythe, who saves a child and is subsequently invited overseas to work for the newly built Dakota building. The other features Bailey Camden, who has hit rock bottom and takes on a renovation project for her cousin, Melinda to get back on her feet. Bailey's discovers some items in the basement of the building which are connected to events from 100 years ago. Although the events were predictable, the reading was fast-paced and interesting. I would recommend.

When a young English woman saves the life of a guest's young daughter, she had no idea how the encounter would change her life. Sara Smythe went from the the head housekeeper at an opulent London hotel (a post which she viewed as the highest achievement she could possibly attain), to the mangerette of a new concept in city living in New York in the late 1800's. The building would be serviced as a luxury hotel, although the residents would be living in their own apartments. It had been built along the park in an undeveloped and undesirable part of the city. The building was, and continues to be, known as the the Dakota. The book moves between 1885, with Sara Smythe and the architect, Theodore Camden, bringing life to the Dakota, and 1985 when Bailey Camden is trying to resuscitate her life and career. Bailey has just been released from rehab and is dead to the design community of which she was once the darling. Broke and homeless, she accepts a "handout" job from her wealthy cousin to take over the renovation and redesign of the family's unit at the Dakota. It breaks Bailey's heart to see the well crafted details of the building trashed and torn down for garish bamboo walls and fish ponds. As she works to try to save the pieces of the original craftsmanship, she finds the pieces of a mystery in a storage trunk. A mystery which reveals the lives of Sara and Theo. Although it is very easy to see where the stories are heading, the journey is enjoyable. I would have liked to have learned more about the creation of the building and NYC during 1885, but that would have weighed down the story. The 1985 story was somewhat thin. It relied on drugs and the death of John Lennon without any other real context for the time. There could have been more around the relationship of Bailey and her father or the history of her grandfather and the Camden family which would have made this portion of the story more compelling. Overall the book was a good read and just right for summertime reading.

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Fiona Davis' last book which I loved, so when this one came up for an advanced read, I jumped at it. I am glad I did because I loved this one even more. What I like most about both her previous book "The Dollhouse" and this book is the setting. She has picked some of the most famous apartment buildings in NYC. This mix of fact and fiction is woven into a truly fascinating story. In this novel, Ms. Davis sets her story in "The Dakota" both as it first opens in 1884 and 100 years later. The book is fast paced, full of passion, lies, and betrayal. If you liked "The Dollhouse" you are going to love "The Address". Make sure to add it to your to read list!

I enjoyed The Dollhouse so I was really excited to get an advanced copy of The Address. I always like historical fiction, and although it started a little bit slow, I was engrossed pretty quickly. Bailey is desperate for money and a place to live, so she takes up residence at The Dakota, a historic apartment building - at the beck and call of her party girl "cousin, Melinda. Although they aren't technically related, they have a family bond, and right now Melinda is the only one who will give her the time of day. Even though Bailey does't agree with the design style Melinda is leaning towards (could anyone's taste really be that bad?), she knows she is in no position to argue - and kowtowing to Melinda has been a constant in Bailey's life since they were children. When Bailey finds some belongings in an old trunk, she realizes that there might be more to her family story than she knew..... There was the time hop story between the past and the present, and if I had one complaint - it would be that the present story wasn't nearly as compelling as the past. Part of the was that i didn't really find Bailey to be that likable, and the romantic storyline was almost sterile in tone. I cared much more about Sara and her story, and wanted to know how she ended up in an asylum and known through history as a murderess. All in all, another winner by Fiona Davis Current Goodreads Rating 4.06

*Review originally posted on my blog* The Address Fiona Davis 368 pages Publisher: Dutton (August 1, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 152474199X If you like historical fiction, suspense, and mystery. This book is a wonderful read. The story weaves together the lives of Sara Smythe and Bailey Camden who live 100 years apart, they both reside in the historic Dakota in Manhattan. I loved reading some of the history about the building itself, so much so that the book had me doing research on my own about this famed landmark. Sara lives in a world of material opulence, she arrives as a servant in 1884 to be the manager at the Dakota. She has an opportunity to rise above her station in a world where one's sex, and lineage define their status. There are many obstacles in her life but she is able to face them head on, and along side Theo Camden. Who is a resident of the Dakota along with his wife and three children. Bailey, a 1985 resident of the Dakota who's ancestor was a ward of Theodore Camden has struggles of her own. She is recently out of rehab and trying to rebuild her life. She starts to discover clues to the murder of Theodore Camden and it just might shed some light on her ancestral roots. She may have the Camden name from her great great grandfather, but being a ward he was left out of the inheritance, can what is hidden change all of that? This novel is pretty fast paced, there are no real slow lagging parts. I enjoyed the story, I don't do well with adultery and find no excuses for it. So there are parts of this novel that rubbed me wrong but the story wouldn't be the same without it. There is some language. Mention of physical relationships, and murder, but nothing graphic. Would I read it again? Possibly. Would I recommend it? Yes. 3 stars, I liked this book, it was an interesting read. 1 star – didn’t like it 2 stars – it was OK 3 stars – liked it 4 stars – really liked it 5 stars – it was amazing Amazon reviews Katereviews. Goodreads reviews. I received this book FREE from First to Read. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This book was overall an enjoyable and quick read. I had never heard of the Dakota apartment building prior to reading this novel, and it provided an interesting backdrop to the story. I found most of the book's "twists" to be predictable, unfortunately, but as a summer read, it fit the bill.

I am a big fan of books about NYC. Throw in two intertwined stories and separated by about 100 years and throw in a glimpse of life inside the Dakota and I was sold. I really enjoyed the stories and the writing. Highly recommended.

This is a captivating book about what a woman who takes a chance and moves from England to New York to manage a new hotel. She doesn't want to be like her Mom and fall for her employer but she can't help it. Like The Dollhouse, Fiona Davis brings the characters to life and makes you care for them. It always shocks me the way women were treat back in the 1800's, not sure why it does because women fought so hard for rights and freedoms, but it always does. The fact that a sane woman who has done nothing wrong can be placed in a crazy house on a secluded island without all the evidence gone through just always blows my mind. I've read stories about that island in New York before. I really felt sorry for Sara and what she went through. I also was glad that Bailey was strong and fought for what she thought was right. I wanted to smack Melinda. What a bitch. Fiona Davis is a wonderful writer and you can tell she has done her research about the places and eras she writes about. Well worth my time.

One of the reasons I wanted to read this book is because I just love reading about historical New York City. This novel definitely reflects the time of a developing city and a sense of place. Although it begins in England in 1884, the story shifts quickly to NYC when Sara Smythe takes a job at a new upscale apartment building in New York, The Dakota. The Dakota is a real building and still stands. Sara's story alternates with the modern day story in 1985 of Bailey Camden. At first the main connection of the two time frames was The Dakota until Bailey finds Sara's belongings in the basement of the building and their link becomes so much more . The novel is engaging in some ways as Sara's life in her first year in NYC. I felt for Bailey in the modern story as she struggles upon her return from rehab. But after one chapter of the modern day, I wanted to be back a century. It could be that I'm just getting a little weary of dual time frame stories which are hard to escape these days. The thing that kept me from rating this higher was that I just found it too predictable and assumed correctly everything that happens in the end of both stories. Even though I was somewhat disappointed, there are many 4 and 5 star reviews, so I may be an outlier here. You should read those reviews as well. I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin First to Read Program.

“We all have our own magnificent prisons, even the queen, I’d venture.” I love how fitting this quote is for both narrators in The Address. Each woman, separated by a hundred years, is trapped in a prison unique to them. Sara, a woman in the 1880’s, running a hotel in England before being hired to run a new Apartment building in America is prisoner to the edicts of her time. A woman can only do so much, say so much, and really, are quite powerless in a male dominated society. Not quite nobility, yet not quite working class, she isn’t sure where she fits and only wants to find her way. “Her mother had done her a disservice, constantly reminding her of her blood connection to nobody, while at the same time cursing her bastardy. She didn’t know where she belonged.” Bailey, living in the 1980’s, isn’t as constrained by society as Sara once was, but finds herself in a prison nonetheless. Hers are more self imposed though, the bars made up of the drugs and alcohol she is addicted to. Bailey is also trying to find her way, wanting to know who she is and where she comes from, since her familial past has always been shrouded in mystery. There is quite a bit to enjoy in this novel. First, historical novels are always a favorite of mine to get lost in, especially one as rich as detailed as the one Davis creates. It isn’t just the time and place that we get a sense of, but also, how difficult it was to simply be a woman. Sara, no matter how successful she is, continues to find herself at the mercy of men. The pieces focused on the asylum are chilling but again, convey a realistic sense of injustice women faced constantly. Sara and Bailey are connected to each other, though neither knows it. Bailey unravels the mystery of the Dakota and her great-grandfathers murder, while Sara gives us the added details leading up to the murder. This is something else I love in novels. When we get to see a mystery from multiple perspectives, each chapter giving us another sliver, another glimpse, each section strategic in it’s reveal. I quite enjoy when novels intertwine stories like this. At the beginning we think we know the story. We have the answer, and are simply filling in the details. Except, as the story proceeds, more questions emerge. It’s fascinating to me, because I think this is how history happens. We think we know answers. We think we know the facts. But just because a narrative fits, it doesn’t mean it’s the truth. Using the Gilded Age was also brilliant. There is underlying discussion on things we desire. Sometimes we want what we can’t have. But we also tend to glamorize those things. Think that they are better and more perfect, than perhaps they really are. Sara wants Theo to be her partner, her husband, her everything. She sees his wife as cold and distant, unappreciative of what she has. Bailey wants to belong by blood, not just name, to the Camden family. She sees her cousin Melinda as spoiled and shallow. Each wants what they don’t have, focused so intently on what they’re missing, perhaps they don’t see what they have in front of them. “You know, I never really thought about the fact that it was called the Gilded Age, as opposed to say, the Golden Age. That the era was all about money and the illusion of success, as opposed to offering anything truly valuable. Reminds me of New York City these days, to be honest with you.” So much of the Gilded Age was seen as shiny on the surface, yet harsh underneath. A pretty exterior to cover the plainness below. And so much of the plot fits that description. The surface shows one thing, while hidden beneath is where the truth lies. Theo, it turns out isn’t quite all that he seems. And neither is his wife. These lies and manipulations unfold leaving Sara to make a quick decision that impacts everyone far into the future. This one decision, her choice, impacts Bailey profoundly. Anyone trying to uncover the hidden truths of the past will struggle with never actually knowing the entire truth. We can only see what is left to us, and decipher these clues as best we can. Sometimes we may get close, other times the truth is nothing near what we could ever have guessed. And I love it when authors are able to give us a story that shows this struggle. Davis is able to give us a sense of both the 1880’s and the 1980’s. Times both known for excess in New York, yet she gives us the perspective of women trying to fit into those worlds. We see the dark side of the city, the pieces that these times would want us to overlook and forget. There is an allure to success, but there is also always a cost. I also really liked how Davis used the idea of legacy. The important families in the 1880’s were defined by their legacies. It was often the most important thing to them. What people would think, who would carry their names forward and what history would say about them. By the 1980’s, many of the families in Sara’s time have died out, or faded into obscurity. Buildings have changed, the city has changed, the legacy isn’t what their ancestors dreamed. Bailey wants to find her history, even though her personal legacy is embroiled in bitterness and anger. Her father wants nothing to do with the Camden’s, believing his grandfather was shunned and rejected. The legacy of even the building, The Dakota, changes over time. In Bailey’s time it is in the midst of evermore change as the shooting of Lennon has once again marked it’s exterior. This book is an excellent examination of women’s role in society. Their power and powerlessness, both in equal measure. It’s a look at what we want, and what happens when we get it. Can women be passionate without being insane? Can we be successful without losing ourselves? What are we willing to lose to keep the ones we love safe? How far will we go for that love? The Address shows how strong women have been throughout history. It gives brilliant insight into the roles of women versus men, rich versus poor, and the lengths we go to for love. This book goes on sale August 1. Thank you to Penguin Random House, Dutton Books and the First To Read program for giving me an early copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The plots were interesting and I finished this pretty quickly. The main character in the modern plot line wasn't that sympathetic to me and I feel like the girl in the past plot line wasn't true to her initial character traits. She claimed that she would be nothing like her mother and not commit the same sins as her mother, but ends up doing the exact same thing as her mother. It was a good story, but it had its flaws too. I enjoyed it overall.

Thank you to First-to-Read for allowing me to read and review this book. This book bounces between 1884 and 1985. It is centered on the Camden family. The generational connections are brought out as the story unfolds. Also prominent in the novel is the "Dakota", a magnificent apartment building built in New York City in 1885. The first building to be built on Central Park and famous years later as the building that John Lennon lived in when he was killed. As this building passes from generation to generation, within the Camden family, more questions are raised and more answers are found. Having not read The Dollhouse, this was my first experience with this author. I found her to be extremely readable. Likeable characters, nice plot twists, and just the right amount of side issues put into the story to make it enjoyable. She used a number of real places and situations and real people to tell this story. She has an addendum explaining what liberties she took in this novel. Great historical novel!

Fiona Davis' "The Address" pretty much follows the same formula as her debut novel, "The Dollhouse". Once again we have two women in two different time periods, linked by the building they're currently living in, and a huge and unlikely mystery that gets solved by slowly unraveling the past. With The Dollhouse I remember being somewhat underwhelmed by the story and wanting to know more about the building. This offering differs in that it tells the reader even less about the *real* history of the building. In fact, so much about the Dakota has been fictionalized that, in my opinion, it would have been better to fictionalize it even more and rename it. The only interesting tidbits were that it was a revolutionary way to live at the time (a bunch of rich people living together in a lavish communal building with huge apartments and shared amenities such as a dining room and a tailor) and that John Lennon lived and died there (which is mentioned a LOT). Because the details of the building are scarce, there's a lot of drama thrown in instead (just like with The Dollhouse). I was interested enough in the characters and their interwoven story to finish but I still had issues with them all, especially the money-hungry MC that the author tried and failed to make very sympathetic. She's even more irritating and helpless than the MC in The Dollhouse, who similarly has nowhere to live and kind of leeches onto others until she gets what she wants instead of standing on her own two feet. Both MCs are despicable in that way. There's also the right-on-time, uncomplicated, insipid romance thrown into both stories. Both women need saving in that way as well. All loose end are tied up with a pretty pink bow on top and both characters have everything they need and want handed to them on silver platters. Hooray. I feel like both stories needed more meat and less fluff, but they'd make decent quick beach reads. I'd rate it at 2.5-3/5.

Thank you to the First to Read program for the opportunity to read and review the second of Fiona Davis's books. The Address was such a wonderful read. It was very engaging and quickly became a book I could not put down. I am not normally able to stay awake reading late at night, no matter how good a book may be, but both The Dollhouse and The Address kept me up late to finish reading them. Fiona Davis has unique ability to mesh story lines from two different time frames and makes the story come together so brilliantly at the end. Even when I can anticipate what is coming next, I am drawn in to find out just how the story plays out, and the little details that make it feel real. She uses an interplay of historical facts along with fiction to make the reader feel as though they are present in the story. After reading Fiona Davis's debut, The Dollhouse, and finding it so enjoyable to read, I was concerned that this second book may fall short of my expectations, but it did not disappoint! I found The Address to be as entertaining, if not more. I look forward to reading more from Fiona Davis in the future.

It seems that after two books, Fiona Davis has a formula. Similar to her first book, The Dollhouse, this book includes two different timelines, one centered around a worker in a posh city apartment building or hotel, and the other about a more modern woman who's life intertwines with said hotel or apartment building. In both books there is a mystery. While I enjoyed The Dollhouse, The Address just felt lazy too me. Some points in the plot were too convenient and there was hardly any character development. The book felt rushed and I found myself skimming through it. There were some interesting aspects, but overall it was a disappointment.

Thank you First To Read for the chance to read this book. It appealed to me for various reasons--the setting [my daughter lives on the UWS so I was most interested] and the two timeline format--a favorite. I tend to like the past more than the present [which often presents as a learning opportunity--a bonus]; this also was true here. A good mixture of mystery and historical fiction. Engaging and not so much. Predictable, absolutely [though a bit of mystery remained]--until the very end. So though it was well written and sort of a page turner as I was engrossed in the mystery... ultimately I can only say a solid three stars. Turn offs: predictability and some of the "romance." Additionally, some of the stock [minor] characters were rather flat--perhaps there could have been more fleshing out and ultimately more interest. As well, it seemed like a race to the finish--the tying up of the loose ends--as it were--the mysteries of the two timelines. Didnt live up to its potential.

After a very slow start, the action really got interesting about halfway through the book. (The entire 1980s story line could have been ditched, in my opinion.) I'm glad I kept going because the last half of the book was definitely worth the read. The history of the Dakota, Blackwell's Asylum, and 1880s New York was interesting and I found myself googling for pictures of the Dakota and others of that time period. I did not pick up on the surprises buried in the book, so when they were revealed, it was that much more fun. So, great little thriller. I will definitely be looking for more books by Fiona Davis.

i am in the middle of reading this book and it is very good.. i like that it goes back and forth between 2 time periods and that the stories are connected.. it is written well and the story flows smoothly between the time periods. i can see where the connection is and it is a bit obvious. i like that it tells of the history of the late 1800's in NYC and the building of the Dakota building. the author has done a lot of research into how the building was built and why. the story of bailey and her cousin is engrossing and the story of the drug era in NYC in the 1980's a very sad tale. will continue this when i finish the book-- Ok. Finished the book. An interesting twist at the end that ties up the loose ends. The history of the Gilded Age is very well researched as well as the story of the infamous Blackwell asylum.. Would recommend this book

It's not that often that I polish off a book in 24 hours but when I do, it's obviously a sign of how enticing it is. The synopsis gives a detailed portrait of what to expect here and it was my curiosity of how Sara could have killed this man who knew her so well. As the story evolved I kept looking for clues and wondering how and why this would take place. Lately it seems with dual narrative books I find myself engrossed with both the past and present story lines, but with The Address I found myself drawn to the past more, I think I got to know the characters better and found the plot more intriguing, reading about the lifestyle and historical aspects of the time is something that interests me. The 1985 time was interesting enough, with Bailey and her cousin Melinda but the author spent more time on the past. I appreciated the timing of this part of the book with it's lack of electronic devices -no cell phones, no Internet, no computer jargon, that was a nice refreshing change. The Address comes in at 368 pages, I thought the first two thirds were great, there was depth of character, the story line moved at the right pace and I had a hard time putting it down. However, the last third could have done with a few more pages, I felt the ending a bit rushed and there could have been more time spent drawing out the conclusion. Now don't get me wrong here I found the ending was fitting and it wasn't till close to the end where it actually dawned on me what might be taking place, so I commend the author for dropping clues that didn't always register with me. The historical aspect always fascinates me, with the actual building and renovation of the Dakota, time spent in an insane asylum and the landscape of New York City in that era. The timing of some actual historical events were moved to fit the story and I am fine with that, if the author didn't mention that in the author's notes I wouldn't have known any different. But I appreciate the mention showing the author's respect for the history here. Definitely a book and author I highly recommend. Thanks to Penguin Group for an advanced copy of this little gem.

The Address by Fiona Davis is a well written, fun historical novel with two related stories set 100 years apart. In the 1880s Sara Smythe travels from London to become the female manager of the newly constructed Dakota building in New York City. She has been recruited by Theo Camden, the building's architect, who is married and living with his family at the Dakota. Sara begins a relationship with Theo that will alter the course of her life. In 1985, Bailey Camden, granddaughter of Theo Camden's ward Christopher, has just gotten out of rehab and is living in her cousin's apartment at the Dakota while she oversees its' renovations. Bailey discovers intriguing clues to her past in the forgotten trunks of Sara and Theo in the Dakota's storage unit. The author does a great job of going back and forth between the stories in alternating chapters building mystery and suspense. I found the character development of the 1880's characters to be a little more interesting than that of the 1985 characters and consequently I was more intrigued by that part of the story. Ms. Davis does a great job of describing the Dakota and provides a realistic glimpse into the Gilded age. I enjoyed this quick read and intend to look into reading The Dollhouse. Thank you to Penguin Random House for the advance copy.

Thank you, Penguin and the First to Read program that allowed me to read an arc of The Address. This was a very engaging historical fiction novel. It skips generations and, as the reader, you try to fill in the gaps of what happened and how the stories relate. It's suspenseful, romantic and kind of a "find yourself" type novel. I really enjoyed reading more about The Dakota apartment building in New York City. It has always been an interesting case study and this novel has brought a lot more light and character to the place. I think that is what I found most interesting. Also the character development was intriquing and fun to follow. I will definitely be looking out for more from this author. Thank you, Penguin!

I loved this book. The back and forth in time was great. It kept me turning the pages until the very end! A great choice for book clubs. I highly recommend it! Thank you First to Read! I look forward to now reading The Dollhouse.

As much as I loved The Dollhouse--and I did!--I love The Address even more. So much for sophomore slump, Fiona Davis. ?? I've also discovered that I do enjoy historical fiction. I was fascinated by the Barbizon Hotel and couldn't wait to read The Dollhouse. The Dakota has always interested me, too, and I loved reading the history of this building. Davis's characters are real--well drawn and developed and I cared about them early on. I enjoyed the background of NYC and the connection between the two main characters a century apart. I love First To Read and am glad I had the opportunity to read a wonderful book by a new favorite author.

This book was an interesting look into the early days of New York as well as the lines between class and social norms. The story line goes off the rails and you hold your breath and hope it gets back on. I really liked most of this book. It was a quick read and I will seek out more books by this writer.

Loved this author's first book, The Dollhouse, so I was looking forward to her next book. It did not disappoint. Again, the author took a lovely historic building and told the story of the history of the building with characters at two different time periods and how actions of the past can affect those in the future. I live historical fiction based on real places or people. I look forward to more from this author in the future.

This book was amazing! It was historical fiction, but also had a mystery. It was super interesting and a quick read. I highly recommend it for fans of historical fiction or mysteries.

A lovely and engaging historical read. The Address kept me invested from beginning to end. A story with alternating timelines (1880's and 1980's), at first I found myself wishing the novel was written solely from the point of view of Sarah (1880's). Gradually Bailey's story line was fleshed out, and I found myself rooting for her as well. Sometimes novels told from alternating timelines get bogged down in their own plot, but I never felt like The Address sacrificed character development. If you're looking for a quick, enjoyable read, then I definitely recommend this book!

I read this book in one sitting on a recent flight and it was a great choice. The story alternated between New York City in 1885-86 and the present day, and moved quickly. I liked both story lines and thought that Sarah and Bailey were strong women. It was interesting to read about the building and management of the Dakota and then about the residents dedicated to preserving the past. I've already recommended the book to several people.

Love, Betrayal, Humor, A lovely historical novel, set at The Dakota Apartment building in New York City, and told as a dual time line. Focusing on Sarah Smythe in the 1880's, who after a lucky run in with Theodore Camden in London, she find herself as the managerette of the Dakota, and soon finds herself falling in love with the architect and tenant, Theo Camden. Becoming pregnant by him and soon finds herself accused of stealing from a tenant and is shipped off to an insane asylum, after being released, Sarah returns with Theo to The Dakota and starts yet another new job as his assistant, of course his lover once again. Much drama ensues and Sarah finds herself in prison. Onto Bailey who in 1985 is fresh out of rehab, finds herself a position as an interior designer for her cousin Melinda Camden to redecorate the family apartment at The Dakota. Bailey finds an old trunk in the basement and after rifling through it's contents, she becomes enamored with finding out more of the family history, turning everything on it's ears. Filled with twists and turns, beautifully rich historical detail, especially the 1880's timeline, which I found had much more in the way of character development, descriptions and depth, than the 1985 portion, which I felt lacked the depth and character development. Slow to get started it quickly picks up steam and turns itself into a well paced riveting tale. Though the ending of both time lines end on completely different notes. It seems that both are heroines managed to redeem themselves even if they didn't get a happy ending.

I enjoyed this book. Personally, I thought the 1885 sections were more interesting than the 1985 - the characters had more depth and the events were more interesting. I did like the way the story switched between eras. I enjoyed trying to figure out what really happened to the baby and the murder. I thought the ending of the Victorian story line was a bit melodramatic and the 1980's story line resolved too neatly. But it was fun read in general and makes me want to read my library's copy of The Dollhouse.

In this wonderful historical fiction novel, we have two narrators, Sara Smythe in 1884/1885 and Bailey Camden in 1985. The story begins in 1884 as we are introduced to Sara Smythe in London, England. She is the head housekeeper at a swanky hotel where she save the life of a young girl teetering on a window ledge. The father, Theodore Camden meets Sara to thank her and is quiet impressed by this young lady. He offers her a job at the soon to open Dakota apartment building in New York City. Sara decides to accept the job, but once she arrives is immediately promoted to Manageress. 100 years later we meet Bailey. Fresh out of rehab and with no job, she accepts the offer of her "cousin" Melinda Camden to renovate her apartment in the Dakota as well as a place to stay in the meantime. Bailey and Sara are both trying their best to take control of their own lives. Sara has tragedy befall her through no fault of her own, and Bailey finds information that might just help her find where she belongs. The novel is well researched, and a great read, in fact I had a hard time putting it down. The two story lines meshed so well together and even though I had figured out certain things in the story, the ending surprised and delighted me. Another reviewer put it perfectly when she said, "The Address" tells a rich story of New York, alternating between the gilded age of the late 1800s and the "Greed is good" indulgences of the 1980s. I felt like I was there, I could see the world so well through her writing. A great read for any lovers of historical fiction as well as those wanting to know about life in New York during those time periods. Thanks to Penguin's First to read program for giving me the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this book.

The Address by Fiona Davis is a good mixture of mystery and history. Architect Theo Camden sponsors Sara Symthe to be the manageress of The Dakota, a new apartment building in New York City. What follows is a story of love, murder, and the rise of America’s greatest city and its most notorious apartment house. Ms. Davis alternates this 19th century story with one of the Dakota in the mid-1980s as Melinda, a descendant of Theo Camden, makes plans to renovate the aging building and hires Bailey, a relative whose grandfather was a ward of Theo and his wife Minnie, to undertake the design and oversee its implementation. When Bailey uncovers some long-buried secrets during the renovation, a wedge forms between the two women and questions and answers abound. There are many books being published right now with dual timelines and I think The Address pulls this off fairly well, but I did prefer the earlier timeline to the most recent. Perhaps the mid-1800s were more interesting than the mid-1980s. The characters certainly didn’t seem as annoying. I would recommend the book to those looking for a good story.

To be honest, I didn't read the info when selecting to read this book, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Few chapters in, I knew that it has been one of the best reading selections ever! This book combined most of my passions with its intriguing mystery, surreal life moments, and history of architecture. From first chapters I kept trying to figure out how are the two main characters, one hundred years apart, related to each other. With every turning page, I kept wondering what life has prepared for each of them next. And with every paragraph I was getting more and more obsessed with the architecture and history behind the Dakota apartments. In fact, I was so curious about the Dakota, that while reading this amazing book, I was researching and viewing photographs of the building. Part of me was afraid that the Dakota apartments are nothing like the book describes them, or that my vivid imagination is playing a trick on me. I was glad to find the photographs of the existing structure being equally, if not more amazing. The author beautifully captured the architectural and design aspect of the building, but even more beautifully, Fiona Davis captured the story of Sara and Bailey. This novel made me laugh out loud, cry crocodile tears or joy and sorrow, genuinely worry about (almost) each character, and high five characters for standing up and believing in themselves. I would (and already have) recommend this book and hope to read more ahhhmazing books by Fiona Davis.

I really enjoyed this book. Historical Fiction and Mystery. What else can you ask for. Sara Smythe has worked her way up to head of housekeeping in a posh England hotel. After saving the child of a wealthy New Yorker, Theodore Camden, and his wife, she is offered a great position in a new type of apartment living in NYC. She follows her dreams and heads for America. She and Mr. Camden start working and begin an affair. However dreams don't always turn out how we plan and this is no different for Sara. After things come up missing in some of the apartments, an expensive necklace owned by Mrs. Camden ends up in her desk drawer. She is sent to an insane asylum. Things can only get better, right? Read the book and find out. Very enjoyable but sad story. I also had one issue with the actual historical part of it. And this is a big spoiler. She is helped by the famous Nellie Bly. However the years off. Ms. Bly did not go undercover until 1887 and I believe the book part happens in 1886.I would give this book 5 stars. Very enjoyable read.

This is not your run of the mill Cinderella story gone wrong. This story is very entertaining and salacious!

This was a highly enjoyable story about a famous New York City landmark The Dakota. Already an architectural marvel, it came to the forefront of the tourist trade when one of its residents, John Lennon, was gunned down in front of the building. While that may be what most people associate with the building, this story tells a fictional account of two women who have ties to one of the original architects, Theodore Camden. Told in dual storylines, we follow Sara Smythe, hired to be the manager of The Dakota in the late 1800's. Her relationship with Theo takes an interesting turn and she soon finds herself locked up on Roosevelt Island, an insane asylum of the time. We also follow Bailey a hundred years later, whose grandfather was a ward of Camden, but who will not share in the family estate due to genetics. She takes a job redesigning the Dakota apartment of her "cousin" Melinda, while also delving into the gossip that Theo was supposedly murdered by none other than Sara Smythe. The two storylines creep closer and closer to a climax with each chapter, and I was riveted to the book to find out if Sara really killed Theo! Despite feeling that things perhaps progressed a little too tidily toward the end, I still connected to this story and characters. I thought the history of the building and the information given regarding Roosevelt Island, to be fascinating. An engaging, interesting, and page turning novel about a famous landmark, from the perspective of the people who resided their for over a century. Very good historical fiction from New York City.

I'm a huge historical fiction fan, so I usually enjoy reading these types of books. I liked how the author told alternating stories set in different time periods. Sometimes it can get confusing when there are constant time jumps, but I was really engrossed in this story. I had never heard of the Dakota so it was interesting to learn more about it. This book had a good mix of mystery and romance. I look forward to reading more books by Fiona Davis. Also, If you like books set in dual timelines, then Kate Morton is another good author to check out. This book reminded me of her writing.

Engrossing book of historical fiction. Mystery, romance and full descriptions of a famous building that's almost its own character.

Let me begin by saying that this was a brilliant, amazing novel. I don’t always love historical fiction, but The Address was wonderful. It started out slow for me and I honestly struggled with whether to continue on, which is proof that I should always finish what I’m reading. I was very quickly interested in Sara’s story, but Bailey really had to grow on me. Her partying days of booze and cocaine were gone, she had no job, no money, and quite honestly, irritated me with her woe is me attitude and jealousy of Melinda. However, as the novel progressed, I disliked her less and less because of her patience, intellect, and ease with most people. I never learned to like her, but that’s o.k. Sara quickly earned my respect and I found her a fascinating character for the time period. Her professional success was one thing, but taking off to the United States all alone for a new job and new life was impressive for 1884. Although a stern manager, she also had a quiet kindness about her and would not hesitate to help anyone in need. Alas, in all great dramas, once Sara is living and working at the Dakota, she made some decisions that would change her life forever. Of course, I can’t go into those decisions without giving spoilers, but Sara faced several new challenges which were far worse than simply moving from London on her own. Although historical fiction, The Address is a creative blend of fact and fiction. The Dakota is a real building imagined and built in the 1880’s by Henry Hardenbergh and Edward Clark. There is also mention of a journalist named Nellie that goes undercover in the asylum on Blackwell’s Island, now Roosevelt Island. Davis also accessed and utilized names of actual tenants at the time the Dakota opened. There are more facts blended into fiction, but of course, Theodore and Sara’s fantastic story is all fiction. Again, this started slowly for me, but it was well worth pressing onward because it resulted in me devouring this novel. After reading, it also led me to a few hours of internet searches regarding the Dakota and its endless list of famous residents, Blackwell’s Island, the architects of the project, and so on. I’m kind of nerdy that way, but it happens. Don’t be afraid of the one hundred year time difference between Sara and Bailey because it flows together seamlessly. The imagery, characterization, and realism make for a gem of a novel. I highly recommend this to any fiction lover, but especially fans of historical fiction and fiction with a surprising twist. *Special thanks to First to Read for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This was a really good read and I will be recommending it to others when it is published. I love historical fiction, but this one had an interesting way of tying two time periods and characters together. Each change intrigued me and made me want to continue reading for more information on the mystery. Each section drew me into the next and I liked the way it all pulled together at the end. I liked that it flashed forward into the 80's, I could picture the tacky renovations and the shallow characters.

I found this book to be very slow moving, especially at the beginning. I found it a little difficult to relate to either of our main characters-I couldn't respect some of their decisions but more than that, some seemed out of character. I anticipated enjoying Bailey's triumph more than I actually did when it finally happened and that did little to soften the blow of Sara's demise. Personally, I prefer not to read books that end so sourly. I also needed a little more about background to Mrs. Camden's feelings to understand what ultimately transpired. I enjoyed the writing style but this would not be a book I would recommend to most.

The Address was a little slow starting for me but improved as I continued along the path Fiona Davis provided. As in her earlier book she again told of two eras and casually joined them together. As I traveled along it was more difficult to put down so not to miss any important details. Great writing once again and thank you first to read for this opportunity to have a first look!

Quick synopsis: This book switches back and forth between 1885 and 1985 and involves a woman named Sara who helps run a prestigious hotel in England. She is approached by Theodore Camden after an incident who offers her a job in the now famous Dakota Apartment building in New York City, which, in the story, hasn't been completed yet. Theodore is one of the architects working on the building. Sara travels to the United States to be the manager of the property which promises to be THE address that everyone will want to live in. The more modern portion of the story involves, Melinda a descendant of Theodore Camden and her "cousin" Bailey. They call each other "cousins" because Bailey's grandfather was a "ward" of Theodore Camden's, essentially an orphan that he and his wife, Minnie took in along with their own children. Bailey is struggling with being an alcoholic and takes a job helping Melinda, who is back at the Dakota renovating her own apartment. Bailey is appalled at the renovations Melinda is doing to a historical building, but down on her luck, Bailey assists. While in the building, Bailey finds old artifacts, showing her some of Theodore Camden's past. She sets out to find out the link between her life and the one shown in the 1885 portions of the story. I won't go into any spoilers here, so on to my two cents! Wow! I loved this story. I admit, I didn't think I would like it as much a I did when I started the book, but for me, it took off and that was it! I found myself wanting to get back to it as soon as I could and reading late into the night. Plus! It had my favorite city in it and also my second favorite thing about a book is when I think something is fiction and it turns out not to be, making me look further. I know about the Dakota building. For those who may not, it's where John Lennon lived and was ultimately killed. However, there is something in this book (I won't get into it) that turned out to be a real place (noted at the end). I highly recommend this story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Family drama, mystery, history, my favorite city...how could I not? Thank you so much to Penguin's First to Read Program for the ARC

I was all over the place with this story. I liked it. I didn't like it. I thought parts of the story were predictable and contrived. I thought parts of the story were surprising. I liked the characters. I didn't like the characters. I thought the chapters that took place at the asylum were very hard to read. The parts I loved were the historical references about New York and the Dakota. I didn't like the ending. I did like the ending. Wow! A book that stirs up this much thought and emotion is definitely a good read. A little more redemption would have been nice.

Two timelines collide in this historical drama set in the famed Dakota apartment building in New York in 1883 and 1985. Two women each start their professional adult lives over again within the walls of the building, each finding that more than their professional lives are affected by their activities. The author does a good job of creating both eras with strong settings and characters; each easily credible as independent protagonists on their own. For readers with a yearning towards historical fiction, this book satisfies on multiple levels. I received my copy from Penguin's First to Read Program.

I liked reading about the Dakota, a building I've always wanted to visit but I don't generally like dual timeline stories. I find them contrived and one is always better than the other. In this case I preferred the story set in 1884 to the one set in 1985 until it turned into a romance novel with obvious consequences. At that point I gave up on it. Women's fiction and I just do not get along. I should have been warned. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

This is a great novel of historical fiction and will provide a lot of discussion for book groups regarding love, family, and responsibility. It alternates between the middle 1880s and 1980s. The two protagonists have connections to The Dakota, the exclusive address in New York City: one the "managerette" at the opening of The Dakota and the other as the interior designer in charge of renovations for her "cousin." I really enjoyed the historical figures and descriptions and the twists to the story. Thank you to FirstTo Read for the advance digital galley. I will look forward to more from Fiona Davis.

Loved this book. A great piece of historical fiction. The mystery, twists and foreshadowing were all on point. Just an all around great book!

This is a great family drama/mystery. I loved the descriptions of the Dakota apartment building in 1885. Fiona Davis is wonderful at bringing is to the past.

This author writes fantastic fiction. Like her 1st book The Dollhouse, this book also, goes between the past and future. In this case 1885 and 1985. Anybody interested in the Dakota Apt house in New York will enjoy this book. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Thank you to Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to read this book in advance. I'm going to begin with the negatives so that my review can end on a positive note. I have to stop reading dual time-period novels. I really do, they're just not for me. But the covers are so pretty and I love historical fiction so I can't resist, but I've read three in a row now, and all three have been no more than three stars for me. I'd much rather read one continuous story that flows, rather than being cut off and held in suspense every few chapters so that the time period can change over. If only it wasn't so...cheesy? I guess (I know) I am very harsh critic in terms of realistic conversation and events. I know it's an incredibly hard skill to master, and few do, which makes me appreciate that I can't expect everything I read to fit my stupidly high standards of what I believe sounds like conversation that could truly pass between real-life people and what couldn't. In addition, the Americans in the 1985 part of the story would use Britishisms that just felt inaccurate, and I reasoned that maybe Ms. Davis was English, as a way to move past it/excuse it in my mind. However, she's Canadian, and maybe they say more English phrases there than in America, but I felt that sort of thing could use a bit more editing, a closer eye to detail. Sara, the protagnist of the late-19th century half of the story, was likable; a feminist, a woman who was proud, yet simultaneously aware of her faults and her susceptibility to fall for men. She perhaps seemed too enlightened for her time, though of this I can't be sure, but some of the things she spoke aloud and thought to herself felt very 21st-century feminist to me; thoughts that didn't seem (sorry for the repetition of this word) realistic to me for the time period Sara was in. I enjoyed the setting of The Dakota, in both 1885 and 1985, not knowing much about it other than the heinous murder of John Lennon that happened there in 1980. I have to give credit to Fiona Davis for writing a very page-turning story, one that kept me interested the entire time. There were plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and the stories in both time periods were executed very well (cheesiness aside). I guess that's the fun of two time periods, double the mystery, double the shocks.

It is rare to be equally captivated by both stories in novels with parallel plots -- modern and historic-- but I was totally engaged in both Sara's and Bailey's stories. Fiona Davis gives the reader vivid detail about the New York in 1880s and 1980s. This is a wonderful book, and I am thrilled to have found a new author I enjoy. I'm going to go out and get her previous book now.

Told in alternating time periods, this book pulled me in from the beginning! There was a point near the middle where the story lagged a bit for me, but that is because I didn’t like the bad choice being made by the main characters at the time.Though I didn’t always like the characters or the decisions they made, I enjoyed the book very much. Fans of Fiona Davis, fans of historical fiction, and fans of NYC will want to read The Address! This will be a great choice for book clubs, with plenty to discuss.

I enjoyed the book but not as much as The Dollhouse. We go from the 1880s to 1980s. I didn't get the theme until I read the description of Sarah and Bailey being tempted by the excesses of their time. NY and Sarah comes from England tone the managerette at the Dakota, a new concept in lavish living. Apartments with maids and butlers. Sarah falls in love with a married man, Theo Camden. Just know it does not end well. Bailey enjoyed alcohol and coke and we meet her coming out of rehab. She is "cousins" with the great grandchildren of Theo Camden. One lives at the Dakota and Bailey hasno where to go, and she is allowed to remodel the apartment for her "cousin". We find how Sarah and Bailey are intertwined. I was able to predict some events and the end was not much of a surprise. Still, I would give if 3.75

Fiona Davis has crafted an artful tale intertwining the lives of Sara and Bailey who live 100 years apart from each other in the Dakota (of John Lennon fame). Their almost parallel lives touch on the evolving meaning of womanhood, family and history. Having read the Dollhouse I was excited to read this one, too and was not disappointed. I was given this book as an ARC from Penguins First to Read program.

What an interesting book! So much material covered: the building of the Dakota and life there, Blackwell's Island Asylum, Nellie Bly's stay at Blackwell's, and class distinction in New York and England. The character's are well drawn and believable. The story is well written. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.

Loved the history of old New York vs New York in the late 80's. A story about family love and betrayal with mystery until the very end.

I'm happy to say that I enjoyed The Address even more than The Dollhouse, which I thought was fantastic. The period details are so richly drawn, and the character study so deftly woven together. Fiona Davis's book was an absolute treat from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone!!! I was sad when it ended, and already miss the characters. Definitely looking forward to her next book—thank you so much for the ARC of The Address!!!!

Another wonderful novel by Fiona Davis. As Davis did with The Dollhouse, The Address is set between two time periods at the same place. The Dakota is just opening in NYC in 1884 where Sara has accepted a job as head manager. Bailey is a part girl gone wrong, who is staying in the Dakota (courtesy of a "cousin") after leaving rehab circa 1985. The story is told between these two time points and perspectives. Beyond the historical fiction of this novel, there is a lot of mystery, making this a thrilling read. The characters had depth and dimension, and I was trying to solve the mystery until the very end. A fast-paced and enjoyable novel.

I really liked this sad and bittersweet story. The characters were believable. They were imperfect and flawed, but likable, as most of us are. It dragged a bit in some parts but the going back and forth in time was not too confusing like it can be in some books. I also like that I didn't figure out the punchline until almost the end. It really kept me guessing. And toward the end, I could not put it down. All in all, a good summer read - a little mystery, a little romance, a little history, a little family drama.

I received this as an ARC; thank you so much!!! I haven't read that many historical fiction books but I do when I find a good one. The Address is a very interesting and engaging mix of history and fiction which I really enjoyed. It took a little while before I really got into the story, but once I did I was hooked. Fiona Davis writes beautifully and tells the story of The Dakota in NYC, so interesting and definitely worth reading. Loved the ending which I did not expect at all. This novel would be an awesome movie! I highly recommend it to others! Fascinating story.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Being a fan of historical fiction I enjoyed it. The storyline was plausible and the setting unique. I wish there had been more included about those early tenants and descriptions of the building itself, but did enjoy how the generations of characters who lived at this famous address were connected. The liberties taken with the historical facts make this an interesting read that I'm not certain would be quite as entertaining if they had been described in the years that they actually happened. Not as truthful to history as I would have liked. Would recommend as an easy read for a rainy day or day at the beach.

This was an entertaining beach read. I love how the author weaved together the stories from 1884 and 1985. I did find parts of the story predicable after awhile. And Sara's encounter with Nellie Bly felt a little to serendipitous for the storyline. But overall it was a fun and quick read.

I loved this book. It is a great read bringing the past in the late 1800's into the mid 1980's. A great mystery with a surprise ending. You think you have the ending figured out ... but you could be wrong. Well-written, great characters, a lot of info that can be verified. I will definitely recommend this book to others.

Fiona Davis did it again. She wrote a brilliant piece of historical fiction set in the bustling city of New York. I did not want to put this story down. I wanted to finish it in one sitting. Ms. Davis bases this story on and around events that happened in the Dakota apartment building during the Guilded Age of the late 19th century and the age of the yuppies in the 1980's . I am looking forward to her next piece of work. Historical Fiction has a new star.

I love how Fiona Davis has once again made a place a main character in her novel. Davis does a great job of interweaving dual timelines to create suspense, and I could not put this one down. The only drawback was that the main female characters often made poor choices that took away from their overall strength. I love to see girl power prevail, and it didn't quite happen in this book. If you want to learn more about the development of New York in the 1880's, then definitely pick this one up! I enjoyed it!

Giving The Address a 7 out of 10. I prefer Historical fiction to be accurate. The murder mystery seemed to be far more the author's focus than an in depth history of The Dakota.

I would loosely call this book historical fiction. Yes, it's fiction, and yes, it's partly set in 1884 but unfortunately there isn't a lot of history. I would have enjoyed reading a fictional account of the Dakota, a famous apartment building made famous by the assasination of John Lennon. Many colorful people have lived there in 100 plus years. But none of those people appear here. Instead it's a book about an English woman who comes to New York from England to become the manager of the Dakota. She falls in love with the married architect, gets pregnant, is sent to an insane asylum and becomes falsely accused of a murder. She's frustrating and unlikeable. It's also a book about her descendant 100 years later, who is fighting her own demons while trying to unravel the mystery surrounding her ancestor. It is not a story of the Dakota, it's a story that could have taken place anywhere. I believe that the murder mystery was supposed to enhance the story but it was easy to figure out and doesn't help the unlikeable characters. There is a twist at the end that was unexpected and made reading until the end at least somewhat rewarding

This was the first Fiona Davis novel that I have read and will definitely not be the last. I am a fan of historical fiction and loved the flash back and flash forward of the story. I greatly admired Sara Smythe and could not imagine the pain and turmoil that she experienced in the mental hospital and what it was like to not know that you were taking care of your own child. Bailey's story came across as whiny and entitled in some ways. I felt that she was not a strong woman and did not really like the back in forth with her storyline. I would have admired a stron get character.

I think a lot of people will find this a very fun beach read, and I did zip through it very quickly - Davis has a light touch with her prose and a great sense of pacing. With books like this that flip back and forth between two different time periods, I often find the present-day storyline much less compelling than the historical one, and that was the case here (as with AS Byatt's Possession and lots of similarly constructed novels). Bailey's storyline is much weaker, with supporting characters that fall into easy stereotypes, like the Spoiled Trust Fund Brat and the Shaggy-Haired Love Interest Who Works With His Hands. It doesn't really add anything to the 1885 storyline and in fact spoils some of that story's suspense. Sara's storyline is much more interesting and immersive - I did figure out what was going on but I didn't mind. My only real issue with those chapters is that they get a bit repetitive when Theo Camden is describing his vision for the city - we get it, he wants to move away from ornate kitchen-sink-style architecture and make everything simple, with clean lines. Overall this was fun and entertaining but it could have been really terrific with a bit of tightening.

The Address is an enjoyable read, melting together the historical and (relative) present within two related storylines. While it is relatively predictable, it is written in a way that is engaging and entertaining. I expect I won't be the last to draw comparisons between this and Kate Morton, but I was reminded of it due to the similar styles, so fans of Ms. Morton will likely enjoy this, as well. Thank you for the ARC access, Penguin Random House!

Although I'm not a fan of historical fiction nor did I know anything about the Dakota, I actually enjoyed this combo of historical facts mixed with fictional drama and mystery.

I was unable to download this book. I will read it through my library eventually.

I really loved that The Dakotas was the setting for this book. Thank you Ann M. Martin for introducing me to the famous building in your Baby-Sitters Club books many, many years ago! This book had a good mix of mystery along with some history about the building and the insane asylum. I preferred when the focus of the book was on Sara, but towards the end I did appreciate Bailey's character and what she brought to the story. I loved the alternating timelines between the late 1800s and the 1980s. Even though many things changed, it's amazing that no matter what the decade, there are people who love to flaunt their wealth. This was a real treat to read and I would recommend to anyone that likes mysteries and/or historical fiction. Thank you to First to Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

I was thrilled to have gotten The Address as an arc. Ever since I can remember, The Dakota fascinated me. It is a unique and magnificent looking, co-op apartment building, with no two apartments being alike and designed for the very wealthiest, often famous, tenants and included all the amenities of an upscale hotel. The book gave me a wonderful peek of what living there in 1884 was like. Davis wrote a wonderful, tragic love story dotted with NYC history in both 1884 and 1985. I thoroughly enjoyed this very satisfying and comelling read with all its memorable, interesting characters.

Familial heirlooms and legacies can carry with them meaning, a sense of identity, and responsibility. The Address by Fiona Davis explores the meaning that family carries across a century.  Sara Smythe is an efficient manager of hotel maids in her London job, but having caught the attention of a rising American architect Theodore Camden, Sara is persuaded to move across the ocean to be the lady managerette of a new hotel-type apartment residence called the Dakota. While learning her new duties, Sara and Theo become close, drawing them into a delicate situation that causes Sara to face some daunting issues. 100 years later, in 1985, Bailey Camden is struggling to get back on her feet after a stint in rehab. By finding a place to stay in her cousin Melinda's Dakota apartment, Bailey is charged with renovating the historic space to her cousin's eclectic design tastes. While working to please her cousin, Bailey begins to uncover some intriguing details about their family through the Dakota's history that could mean changing who is entitled to the Camden trust fund.  A fast-paced read that straddles historical eras, as well as fact and fiction, the narrative was entertaining and engaging as details are uncovered. Moving between Sara and Bailey's lives, separated by a century, their connection gradually strengthens as Bailey investigates the history of the Dakota and Theo Camden; however, the reveal of how exactly they are connected was rather predictable, as was the actual perpetrator of Theo's demise. Both Sara and Bailey were enjoyable characters, with a spark to their characters that helps portray them as acting upon their own agency, particularly through their quick-thinking and strong sense of humor.  Overall, I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

What a soap opera!! I enjoy reading about NYC at th turn of the century. The Dakota is such an historic monument. It was very interesting to hear about its' architecture and how NYC welcomed it as a footprint. The historic and future parallels were well drawn. If you are interested in social mores and class struggles, you will like this read.I found myself googling locations and people mentioned in the book such as the asylum, Nellie Bly, and the welcoming of the Statue of Liberty By the end of the book, the reader won't be too surprised by the conclusions but the author very nicely ties up the loose ends.

I enjoyed this book and the parallels between the past Bailey shared with Sarah. the historical setting enriched the reading, while the buildup to the mystery of their shared past was slow but came to a satisfying conclusion. The characters were flawed, Sarah, trusting was abused and misused by others, whereas Bailey's misfortune was self-inflicted, Would recommend, hard to put down once the drama heated up.

This of a fantastic book. Well told with well developed characters. A must read for historical fiction fans everywhere.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The history and mystery were masterfully entwined to keep my interest peaked completely to the end. I love the historic details about the Dakota and New York city. The choice of using 1885 and 1985 was ingenious to show the changes to the city and the Dakota during that time. I also appreciated the Nellie Bly story line. I have to say I thought I had the mystery figured out early in the book, but I am happy to say that I was wrong. It kept me guessing to the very end. Wonderful book.

Such a good book! Easy to read and kept my interest throughout. Great read!

THE ADDRESS is a breathtaking novel from Fiona Davis that has elevated her to one of my favorite authors. Using the Dakota in New York as a backdrop for the story in the 1880s and 1980s, Davis presents us with two female lead characters that you root for from page one. The writing is fantastic. The imagery is beautiful as Davis is able to place the reader in places they have never been with her descriptions. The characters are all very complex and the plot line has a few unexpected twists that all make perfect sense. I didn't realize how much mystery was in this novel and that made it even better and more versatile for readers. I don't want to give away any plot points but you cannot go wrong by picking up this book and investing your reading time in it. I loved it! I received an advanced copy of this novel from First to Read.

Loved it! Quick read as it held my interest & i couldn't wait to get back to it! Enjoyed the historical detail blended with a great story spanning different centuries. I would definitely recommend! Thanks for the early review copy.

The story follows two women in different centuries who both reside in different centuries (if briefly) at The Dakota apartment house in New York. I was hoping for more history of the building and the residents, but the womens' stories were well-crafted, if somewhat dark and at times disturbing. Not all the characters are likeable. This is a story of greed, home wrecking, drug abuse, helpless women committed to an asylum, baby snatching and murder. Not a light read, if that's what you're looking for.

I am unable to review this book. My digital copy would not download.

This is an engaging work of historical fiction and a great travel read if you want to escape for a few hours. The dual-timeline story begins in 1884 as the Dakota is open to residents in New York City. We are introduced to Sara Smythe in London as some life changing events happen that ultimately lead her to a new job and residence at the Dakota. The additional timeline is approximately 100 years later as Bailey Camden recovers from her own life-changing events that lead her to a job and temporary residence, overseeing a renovation at the Dakota in 1985. Bailey and Sara are both searching for answers and doing their best to take control of their own lives. The novel is well researched, and a fun read. I love old buildings and can easily get lost in imagination, just thinking of what may have taken place within their walls through so many generations. The Address tells a rich story of New York, alternating between the gilded age of the late 1800s and the "Greed is good" indulgences of the 1980s.

I was so excited to get an advanced review copy of The Address. Fiona Davis doesn't disappoint. This book is fascinating going between two time periods set in NYC. The characters are richly written, the setting of the Dakota is so well written it feels like you are there. The mystery is also a great part of the story. I enjoy this book so much I read it in 2 days. I just couldn't put it down. Like Ms. Davis other book The Dollhouse, the story will stay with the reader. I'd love to see this made into a movie. If you like historical fiction, you will love this book. Thank you for the ARC. KB

 


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