My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Beautiful! Magnificent! Heartfelt!
Fiona Davis tells the story of the New York art scene and one woman’s quest to conquer it and make herself known. There are so many examples of feminism and women’s rights; it was marvelous to read. Inspired by a real female artist, I loved the protagonist and rooted for her success from start to finish. This is also somewhat of a love story with a love triangle that perfectly captures the conflict that the main character feels. And to top it off, there was a hint of mystery that was the cherry on top. So many great elements that made for one very intriguing piece of fiction.
The Masterpiece was such an elegant, wonderful historical fiction that just made me feel good. The story begins in the roaring 1920’s and I could feel the flapper dresses and hip, New York art scene come alive on the pages. It progresses through the Great Depression era of the 1930’s and I could instantly feel the shift in Fiona Davis’s writing, capturing the desperation and loss of the characters during such a rough economic time. There is also a story line set in the 1970’s which ties in wonderfully, particularly when the stories collide toward the end.
Overall, was it the most incredible book I’ve ever read? No. Did it blow me out of the water? No. But it was an easy read and made me genuinely happy. I enjoyed every second of it.
Would highly recommend for anybody looking for a historical fiction that is more upbeat in nature. Sometimes those historical fictions can get a little heavy and serious.
-I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Fiona Davis, and Dutton for the opportunity to review.-