Review: The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The Lions of Fifth Avenue is the first book I’ve read by Fiona Davis. Where have I been, right? The duel timeline storylines — 1914 and 1993 — are told by Laura Lyons and 80 years later by her granddaughter, Sadie. Laura once lived in the New York Public Library with her children and husband, who was superintendent of the library and Sadie works there in later years as a curator of rare books. The family connection was a great way to bring the stories together and wrapped up a mystery with a tidy bow. In fact, perhaps a bit too tidy. While I did enjoy the twists the story took, I was able to figure out the culprits fairly early on. Fiona writes an engaging tale that will appeal to a variety of readers.

Thank you, Dutton (Penguin Group) and Netgalley for an ebook copy of this book. Thoughts are my own.

Reasons I liked this book:

So much interesting info about rare books.

Feminism and women’s suffrage.

Believable family conflict.

Minimal romance — it doesn’t always have to be hot and heavy.

Book Quotes: ” The beggar’s black mourning gown was more tattered than it had been last week, fraying at the sleeves and hem, and her face shone with summer sweat. Every few days for the past month, she’d taken up a spot off the one side of the grand entryway under one of the towering stone lions, one of which had been name Leo Astor and the other Leo Lenox, after two of the library’s founders, John Jacob Astor and James Lenox.”

“She sat down in the big chair by the fire and cried. She cried for her boy, for her husband, for the life she imagined she’d be leading. For her arrogance at thinking she deserved more than she had. For the fact that she was willing to destroy a treasured piece of history if it helped keep her family together.”

Rating: 3.5 stars

Similar books you might enjoy: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier.


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