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 masterpiece of design. But for Clara Darden and Virginia Clay, it represents something quite different.For Clara, the terminal is the stepping stone to her future, which she is certain will shine as the brightly as the constellations on the main concourse ceiling. It is 1928, and twenty-five-year-old Clara is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist." Brash, fiery, confident, and single-minded--even while juggling the affections of two men, a wealthy wou...
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The Masterpiece Reviews
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.
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 read. 4⭐ not a deep book but lovely. ...more
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 second, but it isn't enough to make this book a four star read.
Thank you to Edelweiss for a copy of the book.
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 biggest construction project in New York's history up to that time. Taking ten years to complete, it was built on seventy acres, thirty-two miles of track, and thirty passenger platforms. It has an amazing history and w ...more
" Fiona glamours the romance inside the history, with a touch of mystery! "
The Masterpiece is really the most Anticipiated book of the Year, my dearest Author hits this historical fiction novel in its finest! I couldn't even put the book down, it was extremely professionally written, and all the main characters were so mysterious so it was the plot!
So there are two parallel narratives, Clara wishes to illustrate magazine covers for Vogue, and Virginia divorced and a mother, she hopes for a bet ...more
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 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 female painter and illustrator in the 1920's, and the story of Virginia Clay which is set in the 1970s and largely deals with the fight to save Grand Central Terminal. Throw in a mystery about a watercolor and an anonymous painter na ...more
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 70s. Mix in love, women's issues, and a touch of mystery, and Davis will have another hit on her hands!
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 need to talk about this book!!
If anyone can make me love historical fiction, it's Fiona Davis. It's no surprise to those who have been following my reviews, that I am slowly becoming a fan of this genre. My first Davi ...more