The Magnolia Palace, a review by Cat

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The Magnolia Palace
Fiona Davis

Published January 25th, 2022
By Dutton
340 Pages

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The Magnolia Palace was one of my three BOTM picks for January, and I am so glad I took a risked and nabbed it. I don’t read as much historical fiction as I should (sorry), and this choice was an effort to correct that. And boy, was The Magnolia Palace the right pick!

If you pick one historical fiction novel to grab this year, let it be The Magnolia Palace. This novel enchanted me, taking me away to two very different lives that somehow found a connection, despite all odds.
I’ll be honest with you – it took me a little while to get into The Magnolia Palace. At first, I was second-guessing my decision to read it, but once I hit the thirty percent mark (or so), I was hooked. This went from being a book I was nominally interested in a book that I devoured. I do love it when that happens.
To be clear, The Magnolia Palace takes place at two different points in time, and the novel jumps back and forth between the two women and their stories. Lillian’s story comes first and is set in 1919. Veronica’s story follows fifty years later.
These two perspectives weave in and around, leaving readers wondering how they’re so connected. That connection builds a mystery, one that left me desperately turning pages to see how it all worked out. In other words, it made for a fun night of reading for me, and thus I cannot recommend this book enough.

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