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The Gilded Hour: a Novel
Author: Sara Donati
Publisher: Penguin, 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction
Paperback Edition: 747 pages
Source: Personal Copy

This novel stands up to any superlative you may want to assign it: captivating, compelling, charming, magnificent, moving, etc.! This reader could not read fast enough and continuously enough to satisfy my appetite for the story. Following are five reasons it is a fantastic read.

Outstanding research of the time period, geography of Manhattan, medical practices, attitudes, you name it.
Characters, fully formed and intense.
Romance, the very best!
Heart and human kindness, front and center.
Transporting, the reader joins another time and place with no looking back.

There are a few plot lines dangling at the end of the book. This reader hopes that means a sequel may be expected. And hints on the Internet suggest it is likely. Another reading frenzy awaits. In the meantime, there is another series by this author to explore.

This powerful story mixes history, mystery and romance based on solid themes. Certainly, one of the best, if not the best I’ve read this year. Loved it!

A Reader’s Guide is available at Penguin.com.
Sara Donati/Rosina Lippi has a website and blog at www.rosinalippi.com
You may be familiar with her Into the Wilderness Series.

If you often enjoy historical fiction, this is one you will not want to miss.