Title: Davenport House 2: A New Chapter
Author: Marie Silk
The family saga continues in this sequel to Davenport House, resuming where the first leaves off in the spring of 1915. The family and servants must face their fears amid love and jealousy, grief and moving forward, and threat of imminent War with the World. The restructure of an upper class family affects all who live on the Pennsylvania estate. 22-year-old Mary Davenport stays occupied with modernizing the house, but insecurities arise when she develops romantic feelings for the first time. A wealthy socialite persuades one of the ladies to join her on a voyage aboard the exquisite Lusitania. Handsome Ethan is forced to move into the mansion after a fire destroys his home. Tensions rise as Davenport House enters a new chapter with more challenges than anyone is prepared for.
Davenport House 2 is the sequel to Davenport House by Marie Silk, but I have to admit that I ended up liking this sequel even better than the first book! Usually this is not the case, but I just loved seeing the characters that Silk created in the first book come to life and grow along with America in the time period. I love the Progressive Era focus, and Silk created a beautiful plot that worked perfectly with her chosen setting.
In the first book, the only thing I critiqued were the excessive descriptions; but in this sequel Silk clearly streamlined her writing to perfect it in order to give the reader the correct balance of setting, description, and plot. I didn’t have anything to critique with this sequel, and I found myself unable to put it down. Throughout the book I felt myself growing closer to the characters with each passing page, and I wanted only the best for them. Being able to carry characters so effortlessly from one novel to another was outstanding, and I was amazed by how Silk urged the reader to grow their connections to the characters instead of losing care for them which does often happen for me when it comes to sequels. I am a sucker for Historical Fiction when it is done properly, and I don’t think I have found a better series set in the Progressive Era that captures the time period as well as Silks’ novels do. I am so excited that she plans on having multiple novels in this series, and I plan on reading every single one of them. Her novels give the reader the best possible literary escape, and I am pleased with the fact that this series would be a good series for those who aren’t sure if they like Historical Fiction to pick up. It is the perfect series to convert a reader to becoming a Historical Fiction fan, and I highly recommend her novels to anyone. Her writing is effortless while being serious and artistic at the same time, and I was blown away by her imagery and clear tone. She is one of those rare authors whose talent jumps right off of the page, and authors like her only come around once in a lifetime.
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