The Lions of Fifth Avenue begins in 1913 with Laura Lyons and her family. Her husband Jack Lyons is the superintendent of the New York Public Library and their family resides in an apartment inside the Library. Laura dreams of going back to school to become a journalist while Jack spends all his extra time penning his novel. Laura can't believe her good fortune when she is awarded a scholarship and can finally begin her studies. Laura wants her reporting to make a difference and draw attention to issues important to women.
In 1993, Sadie Donovan is serving as an assistant curator for the Berg Collection housed in the New York library. Sadie hasn't made public her connection as granddaughter of the famous essayist Laura Lyons, and she hopes to possibly find something yet unpublished from her grandmother in order to secure her position as curator. Things quickly become complicated as precious works from the collection turn up missing with no easy explanation for their whereabouts and putting Sadie's precarious position in even more jeopardy.
I truly loved this novel. Fiona Davis writes novels that make me feel like I took a trip to New York and traveled through time as well. The library setting is perfect for any book lover. I treasure her unique characters and the way each character develops over the pages. As always, I am already eagerly awaiting her next novel as I know it will have a spot on my favorites shelf. Highly recommend!
I received this book courtesy of Dutton Books through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.