So when I found out the protagonist lived in the New York Public Library, I was all in! Throw in an eagle eye glimpse into the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the disappearance of valuable books from the collection, and I was irrevocably hooked.
Laura thought she was happy being the wife of NPL’s superintendent. She thought she was content and fulfilled making a home and raising their children. Until she realizes that somewhere along the journey, she surrendered her dreams. When she applies to the Columbia School of Journalism, she is very skeptical about her chances of acceptance. When she is admitted, she is introduced to a world she never knew existed. She makes friends who are artists, free thinkers and activists. When her new life is threatened by a mysterious thief, she is torn between her commitment to her home and family and the dreams she wants to embrace for herself.
Eighty years later, Laura’s granddaughter Sadie is the new curator of the Berg Collection at NPL. She is excited about her job and eager to buck her grandmother’s controversial legacy. Sadie is soon drawn into chaos when irreplaceable manuscripts begin disappearing from the collection. She reluctantly teams up with a private security firm to identify the culprit.
But nothing is what it seems, and family secrets long buried begin to unravel.
I could not put this book down. It is an intoxicating blend of historical fiction, suspense and mystery. It offers wonderful insight into the mechanics of arguably the most famous library in the world, and the impact the women’s suffrage movement had on the activists themselves.