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June 20, 2016

Loved It: The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Historical | Literary Fiction

An enthralling Edith Wharton-meets-Little Women debut about a family of four artistic sisters on the outskirts of Gilded Age New York high society that centers on the boldest—an aspiring writer caught between the boy next door and a mysterious novelist who inducts her into Manhattan’s most elite artistic salon.

The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, her best friend, neighbor and first love. Yet when Charlie proposes to another woman, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and obsessively rewrites how their story should have gone. Though Ginny works with newfound intensity, success eludes her—until she attends a salon hosted in her brother’s handsome author friend John’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Amongst painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under John’s increasingly romantic attentions. Just as she has begun to forget Charlie, however, he throws himself back into her path, and Ginny finds herself torn between a lifetime’s worth of complicated feelings and a budding relationship with a man who seems almost too good to be true.

The brightest lights cast the darkest shadows, and as Ginny tentatively navigates the Society’s world, she begins to suspect all is not as it seems in New York’s dazzling “Gay Nineties” scene. When a close friend is found dead in John’s mansion, Ginny must delve into her beloved salon’s secrets to discover her true feelings about art, family, and love.



Joy Callaway's THE FIFTH AVENUE ARTISTS SOCIETY did remind me of Little Women. Virginia Loftin's family and status in life are very reminiscent of Louisa May Alcott's timeless characters so if you're a fan of Jo and her inspiring and challenging life, then Virginia and her siblings will inspire the same response from you.

That said I find THE FIFTH AVENUE ARTISTS SOCIETY a historical novel based on the taste of our time. It's rife with challenges, drama, and a very dark and tragic turn in the end. I love the Loftin siblings, they're relatable in their dreams, victories, heartaches and failures. Even when I knew they're overreaching at times, I rooted for them and wanted them to become the new mavericks in their respective fields. Virginia is at the forefront as the main narrator but the rest of her siblings, and their challenging side stories, are very present in the novel. The ending is unconventional in that it didn't end with a bright, shiny, happy bow. Again, the Loftins' life stories are very real with its tragic turns and losses. There's a dark twist that happened on the latter third that devastated and tore the family apart permanently. I wish the final resolution has more closure, then again given the circumstances, it's not surprising how the story concluded.

JCallaway wrote a fantastic story here, I love how she played up the frailty of human nature and explored the imperfections of the characters perfectly. The pace is perfect and the story has substance and written in such a way that will make you feel and think about the whole thing. 














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25 comments:

  1. This book sounds right up my alley. I love historical fiction and it's been a while since I've read a historical romance so I'm keen to check this one out! Not sure about the love triangle though...

    Jenna @ Happy Indulgence

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  2. It sounds like a really nice one there and I love the cover! It's nice to see you had a nicetime. Ishould try

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  3. I love that cover! It looks like the inside is just as great. :)
    I'm curious about the ending, but also a little scared because I don't do so well with unconventional endings.

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  4. Oh, I adore Jo March and the Louisa M. Alcott trio about her and her family so I want this. Nice find and I enjoyed the review that didn't give it away, but gave enough to entice. :)

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  5. While it's not really my type of books I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  6. Oh I think I would love this too. I love the premises! Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. I do love the time period and a book about sisters sounds great!

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  8. Wow Braine this sounds Fabulous! thanks!

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  9. Who doesn't love spunky Jo March? A historical fiction after my heart!

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  10. It does sound really good. I don't usually read these books, but it has a feel to it. :) Thank you!

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  11. Hmm I don't know about the tragic ending but it does sound interesting. Great cover too :D

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  12. This sounds really good, Braine! Thanks for the great review :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  13. Well, I loved Little Women so this story appeals. I also rather like that the ending wasn't necessarily happy but rather realistic for the family and their circumstances. Great review, Braine. I've already added it to my tbr. ;)

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  14. Great to hear that she did the exploration of the character's imperfections well.

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  15. Hm... well if the lack of full closure didn't bother you, it may not bother me too much either. I am a fan of Jo and so you had me with that one paragraph. This does sound like a book I would enjoy! Brilly review!

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  16. Well if it takes place in NY, you know I'm interested, lol! Sounds like some good historical fiction, too!

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  17. Ohhh tragic turn of events ... I'm in. I'm so messed up. lol.

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  18. OoO you keep sharing books and I keep picking them up. Stop! I did request Into the Light for review and devoured it!! I loved it Braine you were spot on!

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  19. Sounds good! That's great you were able to relate to the characters and kept rooting for them. I don't always like unconventional endings, but sometimes they fit the story and work well.

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  20. Good review! Seems like a fun read.

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