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Mar 28 2016

March is Women’s History Month

by Jencey G

A recent book that was released in the DCPL system is The Forgotten Room which includes local author Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig.   They collaborated to a write book that integrates the skills of each author to tell one seamless story.  Did I also mention that writing The Forgotten Roomthis kind of book has not been done before?  Readers are left with the question which author wrote which part of the book?

The story is told from three different points of view.  Kate Schulyer starts the story.  She is a doctor during World War II at a hospital in New York.  A patient arrives that night named Captain Ravenel.   Kate doesn’t get much credit for her skills as a doctor, but decides to take on his case anyway.  Can she cure him?  Olive Van Alan is demoted from well to do debutante to house maid.  The Pratt mansion she works in is the same one that her father designed, and we also know as the hospital during World War II.  Olive’s presence coincides with dealing with her feelings about her father’s death. Will she be able to get her revenge?  Then there is Lucy Young who works at a law office and conveniently rents a room in the Pratt mansion.  Her eyes are set on working with the young Mr. Schulyer who has the Pratt family as a client.   Will she be able to find out what has happened to her family?

This book is very interesting!  I have read books by both Karen White and Beatriz William.  I was not able to see whose writing is whose.  I haven’t read anything by Lauren Willig the third author, but I plans to.   The book is structured so that each chapter is either Kate, Lucy, or Olive’s story.    Just enough is revealed to keep the reader interested and continuing through the story.   I highly recommend this book!

You can read more by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig in our catalogue.  Don’t forget to check out The Forgotten Room.

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