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New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century....

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery t
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Hardcover, 371 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by NAL
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Rena Olsen Hi Lori, I saw the three authors on book tour so hopefully I can answer your question! First of all, they absolutely are not revealing who wrote each…moreHi Lori, I saw the three authors on book tour so hopefully I can answer your question! First of all, they absolutely are not revealing who wrote each character, it's part of the mystique of the book! They wrote in round-robin fashion. After developing the storyline and characters, one author would write a chapter, then pass it to the next author, and so on. It's really quite fascinating how it all came together so seamlessly!(less)
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Adeline In my opinion, parts of this story (especially Olive's) reminded me of Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

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Christina
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

"Well, that's the thing about choices, isn't it? There are always more to make. I've never seen a street where you couldn't cross to the other side. "

This was a beautifully written historical fiction, written in a collaboration of 3 different authors : Karen White, Lauren Willig and Beatriz Williams. Honestly, everything flowed together so wonderfully that you can't even tell that 3 different authors had a hand in the different storylines.

1944 :
Kate Schuyler is a doctor working in a priv
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It isn't often that three point of views, in three different eras, are seamlessly woven together and so well done that it really is breathtaking but the authors of the Forgotten Room, not only pulled it off, but mastered it.

Beautifully detailed, spoken and interwoven, the tale of Olive, Lucy, and Kate was one I soon won't be forgetting. Foreshadowed, mysterious, and lovingly laid out, these three women all with different, strong, and determined voices, couldn't have been presented better.

Each l
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Three women, three generations....what is their connection?

Olive, Lucy, and Kate are the women. We learn about them in alternating chapters from 1892 to 1944 as the connection is hinted at it while we the reader try to figure out just how it all links together.

A house, a ruby necklace, a law firm, and an injured soldier start the connection and get the pieces together in this beautifully told story filled with love, loss, revenge, and secrets.

The house belongs to the Pratt family where Olive wo
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Jennifer
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I was interested in reading this book when I saw Beatriz Williams listed as one of the co-authors. After having read it, I'm wondering if she actually *did* write it, or if her name was just used as some sort of a marketing tactic.

"The Forgotten Room" is a series of love stories that takes place across three generations (late 1800s, just prior to the 1929 stock market crash, and during World War 2). The narrators are a grandmother, mother, and daughter. There is a question about the objects of t
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I received this E-ARC via Penguin Group Berkley and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF

When I saw this on Netgalley I was fairly excited. While it didn't sound like my kind of read, it sounded interesting. I love historical fiction, romances and mystery! This seemed like a good blend of them both. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this. I am not going to put a spoiler tag. I have only revealed what happens in the first chapter.

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Holly
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
I was so excited when I got approved for this book! A book written by 3 great authors? Count me in!! I've read books by all 3 of them and have never been disappointed by any of them. This book is no exception. It was so well written that I have no idea which author wrote which story. I enjoyed all three stories of Olive, Lucy, and Kate. This book spans three generations of women and their lives and loves. Mostly a love story that seems doomed in every generation. I enjoyed getting to know each w ...more
RoseMary Achey
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
A New York mansion built before the turn of the century plays a major role in this unique novel written by three authors. You have heard me mention dual-time novels; well this is a tri-time story. Each of the three authors presumably tells the story of a single period.

There was enough of a subtle difference; I could tell the book was written by multiple authors. In addition, the characters did get confusing at times. What was really fun for the three authors is only marginally fun for the reade
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Aubrey
Jun 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was TERRIBLE. I could not wait to finish it, and probably should not have bothered.

*May contain spoilers.*

This was pretty much pure drivel. First, there was no reason for it to take place in the three distinct time periods it encompassed, all of which have interesting and highly significant events. The social, historical, or political events of those times were never referenced in the story and did not influence the plot at all, so the story could have been written in ANY three time
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JudiAnne
Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig, three very popular authors,  wrote this novel. I was apprehensive because I thought the style would change from author to author but I was impressed that it flowed seamlessly.

This romantic novel covers three generations. In 1892 Olive is a housemaid for a very wealthy family and she is out for revenge for her father’s death but her attraction to a certain artist could be her downfall. In 1920 Lucy, Olive’s daughter, works for a law firm but she
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
The Forgotten Room is a unique story told in three different points of view and three different times of the ages. What was so interesting is that the story blends together people whose lives intersect in ways they never could have imagined across generations. It's amazing that these three authors can each write about a personality and then bring together heartwarming story about men and women whose lives will be changed forever.

This is a story of three beautiful romances that are both touching
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Elizabeth
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was a beautiful book to read and enjoy! The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because I sometimes had trouble keeping the characters and their relationships straight. Highly recommended.
Eve
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, ng-copies
I downloaded this book during a workday – big mistake. After quickly reading the first chapter and being introduced to Kate and the wounded captain, the rest of the day was utter torture. My hands kept twitching, yearning to keep on reading.

Foolishly, I had made plans with a friend after work. I toyed with the idea of cancelling but … was a normal and polite human and resisted the overwhelming urge. You will not get me to confess that I snuck in some covert reading during our dinner by excusing
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CL
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book spans 3 generations from mother to daughter to granddaughter and a love that would not be derailed by time or circumstance. As the three stories unfold you find yourself transported back to a time when women were ruled by their stations in life and then the next generation beginning to work up to the time when women were fighting for the right to do a man's job. Olive, the mother tries to vindicate her father whom she feels has been robbed of his success when the wealthy Pratts refuse ...more
Mystica
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had not read a book written by three different authors and what brilliant writers each of them are. This is what attracted me to this book. I knew it had to be very good and very good it was.

Told in three different time lines each story was dramatic and full of suspense. Each story was from the beginning linked to another so that you knew at the end it was going to come together, happily or not. There was so much sadness, separation, hardship during the course of each story that it was not an
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Donna
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that is best read in one sitting, two at the most. This story is told from 3 different POVs, each being in a different era: the 1890's, the 1920's, and the 1940's. The 3 POV's are a daughter, mother, and grandmother all with similar stories and all with romance center stage. That is the hard part....keeping everyone separate when they are so very similar. Sometimes, I wasn't sure who was talking. Thankfully, the authors use the character names a lot to remind the reade ...more
Barb in Maryland
Well, I am totally bummed. I so wanted to like this book, but I had issues with it from the get-go.
The big deal breakers for me were the format and the fact that none of the young women engaged my interest. The format was the big culprit for me--the alternating chapters never gave me a chance to sink into the story. I was constantly being jerked away just when I was getting settled in. I do believe that all the to-ing and fro-ing led to my second problem.
I think I would have liked this better as
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Caryn
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't dislike this book, but I wanted to like it more. Told from three different perspectives, I think my biggest issue was that aside from the main characters trying to piece together a mystery, the love interests also had a history, and I started getting confused as to how everyone was related. So it was the last third when secrets were revealed that made me just want to finish and move on to something new. I thought the premise of the story was unique, but all the storylines and the fact t ...more
Julie
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved how it all really came together at the end.
Angie
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book by 3 great authors!

I was so excited to have been approved for this title! I have been dying to read it and thought of this as such a gift. I've only read 1 book by Karen White prior to this but liked it & plan to read more. Lauren Willig & Beatriz Williams are 2 of my favorite authors. I couldn't wait to see what these women came up with together! What they created was seamless through both the eras of the 3 different main characters and the authors themselves. In my opinion,
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Erin
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The Forgotten Room was just ok. I love Beatriz Williams and I could definitely tell which storyline she wrote because it was the only one I enjoyed. After reading the Forgotten Room I don't think I will be reading any books by Karen White or Lauren Willig. Read it if you really want to but there are far better historical romances out there and way better books by Beatriz Williams.
Nicole R
I don't think anyone who knows me is surprised that I adored a book that was touched by Beatriz Williams's talented pen.

The Forgotten Room is a collaboration among three popular historical fiction/contemporary fiction writers, but it is not an anthology with each writer contributing a story. Instead, each writer anonymously writes about a different character in alternating chapters:

Olive Van Allen (Jones) is a servant in the elegant Pratt mansion in New York City in 1892. She took the position
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Forgotten Room" is a historical fiction book by three powerhouse authors and I was so excited to read it based on the authors alone. What I found in the book was a fantastic story line set in three different time periods that all center on an interwoven family and a building that has seen many lives.

In this book, we meet Olive, whose story takes place during the 1890s, Lucy, whose story takes place during the 1920s, and Kate, whose story takes place during the 1940s. Each of these women is
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Kathryn
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, such a clever book written by Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams and Karen White. Amazing how it all went together. I followed the clues and of course went a little astray, but... never mind. What a story of three women and the men who loved them. I liked all three time periods, and eagerly read on. Every bit as good as others have said it is.
Pam Jenoff
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book by three favorite authors
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Olive is a maid in the opulent Pratt Mansion on the upper east side. She wasn't raised to be a maid, far from it, her father was a famous architect and had ambitions of grandeur for his family. Ambitions that ended when the Pratt's refused to pay for his work on the mansion and he ended his life. Olive has infiltrated the household to clear her father's name, little thinking that she might find something other then vengeance inside those four walls her father built. Almost thirty years later Oli ...more
Nancy Baker
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, I love all Karen White stories. I was intrigued to see how three authors would coordinate the collaborative process of writing a book together. I loved the suspense created trying to weave three stories together and yet had difficulty keeping all three separate. I am accustomed to having to intertwine two stories together – a past and present – but to weave 3 was a bit like trying to French braid with only two fingers -- awkward and mind boggling at times.

There are three distinct
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SmartBitches
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

When I saw that Lauren Willig was one of three authors of what was described as “a blend of romance, historical fiction and family saga,” I was like OMG PUT THAT IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW. The Forgotten Room checks the box for all three categories, but unfortunately I found a lot of the tropes within the book to be tired and I struggled to really engage with the heroes. As family saga/ historical fiction it worked pretty well for me. As a romance, it did not
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
There are not many fictional novels that I've come across that have multiple authors, let alone three contributing authors, which is why this book caught my eye. Add in the description of a historical fiction mystery within three generations of the same family and I knew this was a book for me.

From the description on the cover this book seems to be a historical mystery, but the romance aspect takes centre stage for most of the book. It follows the lives of three women from three generations of t
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Elizabeth Boyle
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book and the wonderfully twined stories.
Marleen
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
When I read the synopsis, I really thought that this story would have more gravitas, and that the Forgotten Room’s mystery would have more substance. Now that I’ve finished it, I am disappointed because this book turned out to be nothing more than three rather lightweight cookie cutter love stories; the first one is about Olive and Harry, taking place in 1893, then there’s Lucy and John, in 1920, and the lastly there's Kate and Cooper, in 1944.
The backdrop of New York – a city that I love – cou
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