Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

What a fun, interesting place The Chelsea Hotel must have been.

Hazel was in a family of performers, but Hazel wasn’t a performer.  Hazel was a playwrite.

We meet Hazel when she was on tour with the USO during the war.  Hazel met many actors and became friends with them.

We follow Hazel as she moves out of her childhood home and into The Chelsea Hotel during the McCarthy Era. When her friend, Maxine, from the USO, moves in too their friendship is renewed.

The description of the hotel's decorations, the secret places and passages in it, and the furnishings was fascinating.  The impeccable research Ms. Davis had to do definitely shows.  I had do a bit of googling of the hotel myself.  :)

History buffs and theater goers will again be treated to a very descriptive story line that has Ms. Davis taking you back in time.

I do have to say THE CHELSEA GIRLS was a bit tedious to read for me, but I loved the history of the hotel and its inhabitants. 
The characters in the book were believable and most were likable. 

The ending was satisfying and nicely wrapped up the story line..  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.


  1. What did you think of THE CHELSEA GIRLS?

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Replies
    1. It is a great historical book.

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

  3. I read The Address by Fiona Davis. It was good but not great IMO so I decided to give her a pass on this one even though the setting is so iconic.

    1. The setting is what kept me reading. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Judy.

  4. Hopefully I will get to it soon! Very impressive review! 😀

  5. I've enjoyed this author. Now I must hurry up and read The Address, still on my Kindle.

    1. LOVED The Address.

      Thanks for commenting, Laurel.