The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them. For the nearly nine million people who live in New York City, Grand Central Terminal is a crown jewel, a masterpiec In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art ...

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Title:The Masterpiece
Author:Fiona Davis
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1524742953
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Masterpiece Reviews

  • Tammy
    Jul 29, 2018
    There are a few authors that I automatically buy their books without reading a description. Fiona Davis is now firmly on that list! After reading The Dollhouse and The Address, I knew The Masterpiece was going to be amazing and I was not disappointed! This story has a little mystery an...
  • Marialyce
    Aug 12, 2018
    3.5 engaging stars This was my very first book by Fiona Davis and of course, being a former New York girl, I was so enticed by its setting, that of New York's Grand Central terminal. The original terminal was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt and than later redone in 1903 becoming the b...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Oct 23, 2018
    Oh wow listening to this book was such a great experience. THIS is just the kind of dual storyline book I love to read with two fascinating stories linked together by a painting. First, I just want to say that I got Beatriz Williams vibes while listening to this book. And I LOVE Beatri...
  • Amy Bruno
    Jul 18, 2018
    LOVED! Full review to come. ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Jul 13, 2018
    What would an art school teacher and an information booth attendee have in common besides Grand Central since the women lived 50 years apart? You would be surprised. Clara taught illustration at the art school when it was in its hey day, and Virginia needed to work since she had ...
  • Cheryl
    Jul 21, 2018
    Fiona Davis brings to life the story of Grand Central Terminal and the fight to preserve its Landmark status in this historical fiction tale! The story alternates between the lives of two strong female characters- Virginia Clay who is a 1970?s New York City divorcee trying to resu...
  • Jamie
    Jun 25, 2018
    4.5 stars! I am really happy to be able to say I have read all of Fiona Davis' books and have loved them all! When I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Masterpiece, it was a no brainer. One thing that I especially love about Fiona's books are that they take pl...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Apr 25, 2018
    4.5 stars The Masterpiece is Fiona Davis? best book to date, and I have loved all three of her books. New York City is one of my favorite places to visit, and each of Davis? books contains a myriad of fascinating details about a particular building and era in the city. The Maste...
  • Book of Secrets
    Jul 22, 2018
    THE MASTERPIECE is about two women, fifty years apart, whose parallel stories suddenly intersect at New York City's historic Grand Central. It's clearly well researched regarding what was happening at the train station in the late 1920s and early 1970s, on the verge of the Great Depres...
  • Camille Maio
    May 20, 2018
    Another great read by Fiona Davis, cementing her place in the world of historical fiction. This one illuminated the little-known art school that was housed at Grand Central in the early part of the 20th century and the better-known struggle to save the station from destruction in the 7...
  • Angela M
    Aug 09, 2018
    3.5 stars I?ve only seen the Grand Cental Terminal once several years ago . I knew it was a historic landmark and had been refurbished but I didn?t know the history of it, only focusing on its magnificence as I stood in there taking it in . This story gave me some of that backg...
  • Pam Jenoff
    Nov 01, 2018
    I loved Davis's previous books, each of which shone a spotlight on a unique New York landmark through the lens of historical fiction. Continuing this tradition, Th Masterpiece is the story of a single mom in 1974, who takes a job at Grand Central Terminal, and discovers the little kno...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Aug 06, 2018
    4 stars Thank you to Penguins' First to Read and Dutton for the opportunity to read and review this digital ARC. Publishes August 7, 2018. Another 'masterpiece' by Fiona Davis. Davis is becoming one of my all time favorite authors. Her mastery at taking current buildings back t...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jul 30, 2018
    An interesting story centered on the Grand Central Terminal in NYC told from the viewpoint of two different women, 50 years apart. Clara Darden is an instructor at the famed Grand Central Art School in the 1920's struggling to make a career as an illustrator. Virginia Clay is a newly ...
  • Babydimps (Suzy)
    Sep 07, 2018
    4 stars! After loving Fiona Davis? previous novel, The Address, I was thrilled to get my hands on The Masterpiece. This book was told in two POV?s - Clara and Virginia, 50 years apart. I loved the Grand Central Station setting and learning about its history, especially the Gran...
  • Tina Woodbury
    Aug 29, 2018
    For all of my reviews: www.readingbetweenthepagesblog.wordpr... This is a beautifully written story of two women, in two different decades, forging forward despite the ups and downs life has thrown at them. Clara Darden is a very talented illustration teacher at Grand Central Sch...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    Jan 12, 2018
    ????? / 5 All the stars!!! Seriously, I couldn't be more excited about The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis. This was my first time reading a book by her and it will clearly not be my last. What it's about: Told in dual timelines, we get the stories of Clara Darden who is a f...
  • Stephanie
    Aug 06, 2018
    The Masterpiece is an enchanting piece of historical fiction and well deserving of all 5 stars! This is my first time reading a novel written by Fiona Davis, but I will definitely not be my last! My mother is an artist and was an art history professor until she retired, so art has...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Nov 28, 2018
    Thank goodness for jury duty - allowing me to read the bulk of this fascinating historical fiction novel in one sitting! So much to enjoy - full review to come. Please follow https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com for all reviews and recommendations. ...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Aug 08, 2018
    As a New Yorker, I absolutely should have taken this book to Grand Central and taken a better picture that seems much more suitable. I am kicking myself for not thinking of this sooner. However, for the sake of getting my thoughts out to you quicker, this will have to do because we nee...
  • Amy
    Jul 30, 2018
    Fiona Davis was one of the first HF authors I read and enjoyed, I loved both The Dollhouse and The Address and have been super excited about The Masterpiece. Davis has honed a keen ability to write dazzling stories about NYC, she really brings the city to life and truly sweeps you away...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 22, 2018
    I enjoyed this book set in 2 time periods and following the artists of the Grand Central School of Art and Virginia, a recently divorced mother who goes to work at the Grand Central Terminal and finds the ruins of the old art school- and some of its secrets. Lovely story, very fast rea...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    Nov 16, 2018
    3.5 Stars Fiona Davis is an excellent writer but I just didn't love this like I thought I would. The narrative is slower than I like and I had trouble connecting to the characters. The history of Grand Central is fascinating and the first part of the book is certainly better than the ...
  • Toni
    Jul 24, 2018
    Historical Fictional novel, The Masterpiece, has two POVs, two different decades: fifty years apart, two Masterpieces and one mystery. Imbedded within are two intelligent and talented women fighting for their right to have a voice in their lives, especially regarding their livelihoods....
  • Celia
    Jul 22, 2018
    A well-written and engaging historical fiction novel centering on a NYC iconic edifice: Grand Central Terminal. Two women, separated by 50 years, are featured in this book. Clara Darden is an illustrationist at Vogue Magazine and also teaches illustration at Grand Central School ...
  • Sherri Thacker
    Aug 10, 2018
    Fiona Davis can pull a reader into that time period unlike anyone else. This book was another good book by her, going back and forth from the 20?s to the 70?s. This is my 3rd book by Fiona Davis. I enjoyed it. ...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Aug 10, 2018
    Enjoyable and entertaining read! I loved the setting of the Grand Central Terminal and the art aspect to this novel was quite intriguing. Full review to follow shortly *Traveling Sisters Read* ...
  • Katie B
    Jun 20, 2018
    I jumped on the chance to read this because I really liked Fiona Davis's last book, The Address. The action goes back and forth between 1920s New York City in which Clara is teaching at Grand Central School of Art and trying to make it big as an illustrator and the 1970s in which newly...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Aug 06, 2018
    Just take all the stars, Fiona Davis! You deserve them! This book is the literary equivalent of sipping luscious coffee at a patio cafe, right next to a bustling historic square, on a perfect autumn day. It is sunny and breezy. There's lots to take in, but it moves at its own steady...
  • BookGypsy
    Jul 10, 2018
    Amazing! The story is centered around New York's Grand Central Terminal and two women that worked there during different eras. Clair,a young woman who teaches at the art school in the 1920's. But dreams of doing the cover for Vogue. Later in the 1970's the Grand Central is much differ...