The Forgotten Room is a beautiful story which links three generations through paintings and a ruby necklace.
I do not know that I can do justice to the writing and the way the generational stories are linked. It is a story about love and following the signs that lead you to it. The central location is one room in a New York City mansion. The story follows three women: Olive, Lucy and Kate.
Olive is a housemaid in 1892 who want to find out the reason her father was not paid for his work as an architect on the mansion. Lucy is Olive's daughter. She is a secretary in 1920 who desires the truth on who her father is. Kate is Lucy's daughter and a doctor during the end of World War II. She is trying to gain respect in a male-dominated field and also trying to avoid the attraction she feels for one of her patients. All three women live in the mansion at different times, one as a maid, one when it was a boarding house and one when it was converted to a hospital.
I must say, while reading this story, I keep forgetting that there were three authors involved in the writing of this story, the continuity was effortless. There were so many times I had to stop to realize that I had made another connection through the plot.
This book is wonderful and I highly recommend it.
I was given this book by NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley in exchange for my honest review.