The Magnolia Palace

Penguin Random House Audio. Jan. 2022. 11:09 hrs. ISBN 9780593458075. $20. F
Best-selling novelist Davis (The Lions of Fifth Avenue) focuses on a Gilded Age mansion in this New York City–based tale. The dual time line story captures historic figures as it follows impoverished model Lillian Carter, loosely based on the real-life artists’ model Audrey Munson, in 1919, and Vogue model Veronica Weber in the 1960s, with the Frick mansion as the backdrop. AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and classically trained actor Karissa Vacker captures the essence of characters in both timelines, bringing a compelling narration to this story of secrets, betrayal, stolen jewels, and murder.
VERDICT Readers of historical fiction and lovers of art history and the architecture of New York City will enjoy this entertaining audiobook. Suggest to fans of Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray, Kate Quinn, and Liz Trenow.
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