The Address

The Address

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else, and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children. Ohe hundred years later, 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 biologicalgreat-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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781524741990
152474199X
Characteristics: 354 pages

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weezie1
Sep 08, 2017

Oh my gosh!! This is one of the best novels I have ever read. Was a great and loving storyline and the characters in the novel were well played out. I could not put this book down... a must ready for all you that want to be inspired by a great story. I will definitely be reading more of Fiona's work. Read this novel Sept 2017

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ronandlynda
Aug 24, 2017

Featured in People Picks August 2017 (People Magazine)

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EmilyEm
Aug 23, 2017

Two timelines—1885 and 1985—recount the opening and ongoing stories at New York City’s famed Dakota apartments at Central Park West. So predictable. Historical fiction bordering on chicklit! I so wanted to like this.

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