Complicated families, love and a neverending supply of secrets
A seamless blend of contemporary and historical elements, THE SECRET OF THE NIGHTINGALE PALACE (on-sale today!) by Dana Sachs, author of If You Lived Here, will appeal to the audience of such recent successes as Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key. Anna, a 35-year-old woman struggling to cope with the recent loss of her husband and desperately trying to get out of an emotional rut, receives an odd call one day from her estranged and feisty 85-year-old grandmother, Goldie Rosenthal. When Goldie invites Anna to accompany her on a trip across the country to return a collection of Japanese artwork to its original owner, a mysterious friend in San Francisco, Anna decides to put their differences aside and join the adventure. Goldie, however, is not upfront with Anna about the reason for the trip or the background of the artwork, and keeps these secrets to herself. Alternating between Goldie’s younger days and Anna’s perspective in the present-day, Sachs creates a beautifully crafted story of a troubled relationship between grandmother and granddaughter which ultimately reveals the enduring power of love, forgiveness, and family.
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“Sachs’ latest is so beautiful in every aspect that readers will have difficulty pinpointing the best parts. Rich in San Francisco history with brilliant characters you’ll warm up to, the two different storylines will enrapture you as well. Both women’s romances will have readers blushing and rooting for love to prosper. Elegant and tasteful, this novel is not to be missed.”
—Romantic Times Book Review, Top Pick
“Sachs (If You Lived Here, 2007, etc.) takes a conventional literary device—a road trip—and uses compassion, humor and good writing to transform the journey into a memorable story.”
“As with most well-crafted literary journeys, it’s not really about the destination, but this one
does feature a sweetly surprising, cinematically styled twist at the end of the road. An ideal recommendation for the book-club set."
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