The Magnolia Palace: A Novel

Written by:
Fiona Davis
Narrated by:
Karissa Vacker

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2022
11 hours 9 minutes

Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City's most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

Eight months since losing her mother in the Spanish flu outbreak of 1919, twenty-one-year-old Lillian Carter's life has completely fallen apart. For the past six years, under the moniker Angelica, Lillian was one of the most sought-after artists' models in New York City, with statues based on her figure gracing landmarks from the Plaza Hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge. But with her mother gone, a grieving Lillian is rudderless and desperate—the work has dried up and a looming scandal has left her entirely without a safe haven. So when she stumbles upon an employment opportunity at the Frick mansion—a building that, ironically, bears her own visage—Lillian jumps at the chance. But the longer she works as a private secretary to the imperious and demanding Helen Frick, the daughter and heiress of industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick, the more deeply her life gets intertwined with that of the family—pulling her into a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels, and family drama that runs so deep, the stakes just may be life or death.

Nearly fifty years later, mod English model Veronica Weber has her own chance to make her career—and with it, earn the money she needs to support her family back home—within the walls of the former Frick residence, now converted into one of New York City's most impressive museums. But when she—along with a charming intern/budding art curator named Joshua—is dismissed from the Vogue shoot taking place at the Frick Collection, she chances upon a series of hidden messages in the museum: messages that will lead her and Joshua on a hunt that could not only solve Veronica's financial woes, but could finally reveal the truth behind a decades-old murder in the infamous Frick family.
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Excellent historical novel. The author keeps your interest with multi-layered characters of the early 1900’s, along with other characters from 1966. The book covers many of the interesting works of art, paintings as well as statues, that continue to hand in the Frick Museum in New York. Overall, a great listen. The narrator is excellent, too!

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Alane S.

Liked the book very much. My daughter-in-law was born in East Germany 7 years before the wall came down.

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What a fabulous story.  I visited the Frick Museum years, no decades, ago and fell in love with the home & the art. At that time was told there was yet too be a Catalog written on the collection and/or house as I had asked. To be reunited w/the Frick via this well written and intriguing story has been an unexpected gift.  Can't wait to visit the Frick website as mentioned at the end. Thank you, Fiona Davis, for telling a great story & offering so many resources to continue the journey.  Now off to see what else you have written.

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