Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by Fiona Davis, Dutton, August 4, 2020
” I DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO FIND TREASURES. I DISCOVER THEM EVERY TIME I VISIT THE LIBRARY.” – MICHAEL EMBRY
WOW!, Fiona Davis, the author of “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” has written a captivating, unique, intriguing, enthralling, memorable, and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, with suspense and family drama. The setting for this story is the New York Public Library, which coincidentally will be celebrating its 125th Birthday. There are two timelines for this story, 1913, and 1993. There are two sets of characters for each timeline. I love how Fiona Davis compares and contrasts the two timelines, and somehow combines the past, present, and future. The author describes the dramatic and colorful characters as complex and complicated. The themes in this story revolve around stolen literary masterpieces in both timelines and female empowerment and courage.
I love the way Fiona Davis vividly describes her characters, events, plots, and scenery. It is so enlightening to envision the architecture of the library in 1913, with people actually living on the premises. It is also fascinating to imagine the setting of the library in 1993, storing such literary treasures. There is suspense and a mystery to be solved. The lifestyles of both periods, and the discrimination and inequality for women is evident.
I highly recommend this amazing, memorable, and thought-provoking story for all readers. Happy Reading!