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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  35,332 ratings  ·  3,673 reviews
After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884 ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Dutton Books
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Angela M

One of the reasons I wanted to read this book is because I just love reading about historical New York City. This novel definitely reflects the time of a developing city and a sense of place. Although it begins in England in 1884, the story shifts quickly to NYC when Sara Smythe takes a job at a new upscale apartment building in New York, The Dakota. The Dakota is a real building and still stands. Sara's story alternates with the modern day story in 1985 of Bailey Camden. At first the main conne
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
There’s nothing like a dual timeline-family secret-mystery plot to suck me right in!

Certainly, the strongest point of this book was its history - this author has clearly done her research and it shows. I loved learning all about the Dakota, as well as the architectural development of New York City in the late 19th century. The Gilded Age is a fascinating time, and having lived in NYC for four years, I love learning about its rich history.

I was definitely engaged in the mystery and wanted to see
Diana | Book of Secrets
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
THE ADDRESS is an engrossing mystery and family drama with a majestic New York City landmark as its backdrop. The Dakota apartment building on the Upper West Side provides a link between two women one hundred years apart. I enjoyed learning about the history of The Dakota, as well as trying to figure out the century-old murder mystery presented. I loved how the dual time periods were mid-1880s and mid-1980s, so really it's historical fiction inside historical fiction. Sara and Bailey are both sy ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: London, June 1884
The sight of a child teetering on the window ledge of Room 510 turned Sara's world upside down.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thoug
Jennifer Blankfein
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last year, author Fiona Davis published her wonderful debut, The Dollhouse, rich in history about the Barbizon Hotel in NYC. Keeping with iconic Manhattan landmarks, her fabulous new release, The Address is set in alternating timelines; in the late 1800s during the building of the Dakota, the architecturally stunning residence on the upper west side of Manhattan, Sara, a housekeeper at a fancy London hotel meets Theo, the talented NYC architect, takes a job at the newly built Dakota, and crazine ...more
2.75 stars

Two storylines set one-hundred one years apart and filled with drama!

△ Overall, this was an okay read. The writing style was straight-forward and I liked that part of the story demonstrated exactly how poor decisions are repeated within a family circle, but ultimately, I lost interest after Sara was admitted to the asylum. I liked the idea of this story, but it didn't fully hold my interest and I didn't really connect with the characters.

△ Although this story wasn't for me, I'd still
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book kept me guessing, but I was a little disappointed at the abrupt twists and turns of the story for which there were little warning signs. People in the story had dissonant character changes; for example, more than one person seemed to morph into evil beings just to bring the story to the writer's successful conclusions. I really loved the first half until these sudden changes occurred. The story of the modern day girl was more successful than the girl from the past. The woman from the 1 ...more
I really enjoyed this dual story which focused on the history of The Dakota, 100 years apart. The author had me invested during both time periods as well as with the characters involved. I loved the reference to Nellie Bly! This story had a lot of twists that kept me guessing right up to the end! Highly recommend!
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half was entertaining. The second half, not. It became so far-fetched in too many extreme circumstances and most dire possible character outcomes, that I found it basically not believable. And frankly, with several ending detail scenes- it became like a long term soap opera series that jumped the shark.

2.5 star rounded up for the first 1/2 of the book with all the Dakota style detailing and physical world building for the earlier period. The 1985 sections, from the beginning, I had ne
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
New York City in the 1880’s was on the brink of expansion. Wealthy families had built magnificent homes there, and more construction was underway. The Dakota, was a newly built grand structure. It was one of the first luxury multi family residences to be constructed on the Upper West Side of New York.

Into this setting, Sara Smythe arrives from London where she had been head housekeeper at an elegant hotel. She agreed to come to New York at the request of architect Theodore Camden. He has hired
Cindy Burnett
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Fiona Davis’s new novel focuses on The Dakota in New York City. The title is cleverly drawn from a review of the building following its opening in 1885 in which the reviewer stated that “the Dakota will undoubtedly be known as ‘The Address’ of New York’s West Side.” Davis melds historical events with a spectacular tale of greed, passion, love and sacrifice told in a dual timeline format alternating between the mid-1880’s and 1985. While I enjoyed both stories, I preferred Bailey’s in 19
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I’m often drawn to Davis’ historical fiction with their focus on architecture and iconic landmarks. The address to which the title refers, The Dakota, intrigued for its notoriety and its cultural history--home to so many creative people over the years. It’s also a relic of a bygone era in a city of monolithic skyscrapers and modern architecture.

The structure of the novel is now familiar, dual, interwoven timelines, taking place a century apart with real-life characters making brief appearances.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
[2.4] I should have known better after the underwhelming Dollhouse. But the NY historical setting - the Dakota- was so tempting! And the bits of history sprinkled about the book are fascinating. Unfortunately the characters, especially in the modern day story, are unappealing and one dimensional. The plot devolves by the half way point into melodramatic silliness.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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I liked this book but I didn't love it. There were parts of the story that I really liked while other sections of the book didn't capture my attention as well. This was a book that was never really hard for me to set aside. I actually started reading it just before bed and never had any desire to read more than one chapter. The story was never one that made me want to put my other reads aside and was really a rather slow start. I did
Nan Williams
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: no-more
The Address is exactly – EXACTLY – the same formula as “The Dollhouse.” I enjoyed The Dollhouse and was forgiving of the [incredibly stupid] actions of the 2 protagonists, 60 years apart. I’m not going to do that again.

The 2 women protagonists (100 years apart) in The Address are of above average intelligence and skills, yet they continuously make poor choices and down right stupid decisions. What is it with Davis and capable women who act like idiots?

The history of the Dakota was interesting a
This is an engaging work of historical fiction and a great travel read if you want to escape for a few hours. The dual-timeline story begins in 1884 as the Dakota is about to open for residents in New York City. We are introduced to Sara Smythe in London while some life changing events happen, that ultimately lead her to a new job and residence at the Dakota. The additional timeline is approximately 100 years later as Bailey Camden recovers from her own life-changing events that lead her to a jo ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
This book bounces between 1884 and 1985. It is centered on the Camden family. The generational connections are brought out as the story unfolds. Also prominent in the novel is the "Dakota", a magnificent apartment building built in New York City in 1885. The first building to be built on Central Park and famous years later as the building that John Lennon lived in when he was killed. As this building passes from generation to generation, within the Camden family, more questions are raised and mo ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good old fashioned historical novel centering around the a young woman in service trying to better her lot in life at the Dakota in NYC during the gilded age and another young woman trying to do the same during the 1980's. It has the requisite events that echo through the decades. Prepare yourself for a good ride. ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall: A somewhat interesting dual timeline historical fiction novel focused on the Manhattan apartment house, The Dakota. Overall I found it very predictable and overly dramatized. The story as a whole was interesting enough to keep my attention throughout but I can't say too much was good beyond that. 4.5/10 (2.5 stars rounded up)

The Good:
The novel has two storylines both focused on the apartment house, the Dakota. The Dakota is a prestigious Upper West Side residence that opened in 1884 and
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Prenguin RandomHouse for the ARC.

When this book comes out try and find a copy.

Fiona Davis has written another fast paced and engaging story about the city of New York. This time the story was based around the famous apartment building The Dakota. I have been wanting to see the inside for years because I am interested in Guilded Age/Victorian Era architecture. And this building probably has some great stories to tell.

This story grabs you at first go an immerses you into a world brilli
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, publisher, reviewed
I liked reading about the Dakota, a building I've always wanted to visit but I don't generally like dual timeline stories. I find them contrived and one is always better than the other. In this case I preferred the story set in 1884 to the one set in 1985 until it turned into a romance novel with obvious consequences. At that point I gave up on it. Women's fiction and I just do not get along. I should have been warned. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...more
In 1884, Sara Smythe averted a tragedy and becomes acquainted with Theo Camden. This meeting presents Sara with an incredible job opportunity, and she sails from London to New York City to manage The Dakota, a soon-to-be opened apartment house. In 1984, Bailey, an interior designer fresh out of rehab, is overseeing renovations to an apartment with a dark history tied to Sara Smythe and Theo Camden.

Of all the genres I read, historical fiction remains a particular favorite. There is nothing I enjo
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis was a book that I had seen over and over again in the past year, so, when I found out that Davis had her sophomore novel, The Address, publishing this month, I added it to my top of my TBR pile and hopped on the Fiona Davis bandwagon.

I do not read a ton of historical fiction so I wasn’t sure what to expect; however, when I started reading, I quickly discovered that Fiona Davis is a masterful storyteller with the capability to completely entrance her reader.

I was tran
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Last summer I had the pleasure of reading Davis’ debut, The Dollhouse and I was so impressed. I was never a huge fan of historical fiction before I read her books and I have her to thank for opening my eyes to yet another amazing genre. I’ve read so much more HF this past year and I don’t know if I would’ve without reading The Dollhouse, so thanks Fiona Davis for expanding my world!

Having been such a fan of her debut I had that nervous feeling
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this Historical Fiction book by Fiona Davis.
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I literally just turned the last page and let me just say - WOW.  I'm usually not big on historical fiction.  It's probably one of my least favorite genres.. however, when Dutton Books sends you a book, you READ IT.  I've never been disappointed with their books and this is no exception.  

The character build in this book is astounding.  You really feel for Sara back in 1884/1885 and for Bailey, a hundred years later, in 1985.  To see how their lives intersect is extremely well done by the author
Erika Robuck
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The construct of novels set in multiple time periods lends a natural suspense, but it is rare that each time holds the same level of intrigue for the reader. THE ADDRESS, by Fiona Davis, however, succeeds where many other dual period novels fail; both story lines are fully developed and equally compelling.

Lovers of New York City will thrill over period details–delighting in imagining the beginnings of the Dakota and the city at large–and will enjoy learning about the famous men and women who liv
This book was okay. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book with all the details of how The Dakota came to be, so much so that I'll be looking to read more books about the building.

There were a few things that I didn't like about the book. First, it goes back and forth between the years 1884 and 1985. I'm not a big fan of books like that. Second, having just read 10 Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly, I was pretty surprised to see her show up in this book as a secondary player. Nellie Bly descr
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just what I was in the mood for...a dual timeline historical fiction that alternates between 1885 and 1985. It delves into The Dakota, informally known as The Address, a luxurious first-of-its-kind apartment hotel in New York. Sara Smythe is offered a job to manage The Dakota by its lead architect Theo Caldwell. The two start developing feelings towards one another despite Theo being married with children. Meanwhile, a hundred years later, Bailey is just out of rehab without two cents to her nam ...more
Catherine Faulkenburg
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Solid 4.5. This was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it. I love the details that the author gave of both worlds, 1885 New York and 1985 New York. The story of Sara Smythe was very well written, and although Bailey Camden's story was a bit annoying at first (maybe everyone was annoying in the 1980's) over time I came to like it and her and she redeemed herself. I've been on a huge historical fiction kick this year, and this is a very worthy entry. I look forward to reading more from Fion ...more
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Fiona Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of six historical fiction novels set in iconic New York City buildings, including The Magnolia Palace, The Dollhouse, The Address, and The Lions of Fifth Avenue, which was a Good Morning America book club pick. Her novels have been chosen as “One Book, One Community” reads and her articles have appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journ ...more

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