The Ghost of Madison Avenue

The Ghost of Madison Avenue

A Christmas Novella in Old New YorkIn this compelling and poignant story, bestselling author Nancy Bilyeau takes readers to New York City’s Morgan Library in December 1912, when two very different people haunted by lost love come together in an unexpected way.Helen O’Neill, part of a tight-knit Irish-American family in the Bronx, is only too happy to report to work at the...

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Title:The Ghost of Madison Avenue
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The Ghost of Madison Avenue Reviews

  • Susan Peterson

    A ghost story that touches the heart—that’s precisely what author Nancy Bilyeau has given us with this compelling novella! Helen O’Neill is a wonderful character, a widow still grieving for the husband she lost many years earlier, with talented hands that land her in the sumptuous library of J.P. Morgan. When she encounters an ethereal young woman on the streets of NY, it opens her mind and her heart to the impossible. I loved the family in this book, Helen’s brothers and sisters, as well as her

    A ghost story that touches the heart—that’s precisely what author Nancy Bilyeau has given us with this compelling novella! Helen O’Neill is a wonderful character, a widow still grieving for the husband she lost many years earlier, with talented hands that land her in the sumptuous library of J.P. Morgan. When she encounters an ethereal young woman on the streets of NY, it opens her mind and her heart to the impossible. I loved the family in this book, Helen’s brothers and sisters, as well as her niece Rose who is excited for Christmas. The author packs a lot of emotion, history, and a riveting story in a mere hundred pages! The setting of December 1912 in the heart of NYC gives the book a special ambience—somehow dark but beautiful at the same time.

  • gwendalyn _books_

    Can’t wait to to read this!!

  • Max Eastern

    What I think is most interesting about this book is that it's about a family, an Irish Amercan family living in the Bronx in 1912 when the Irish were a dominant group in NYC, and all the details are real. It feels like fully developed people in a 100 page book. The descriptions of the Morgan Library are excellent, coming from someone who has been there. The mystery around JP Morgan is very intriguing. But it's the characters of the Connolly family that make this story memorable. The marriage of

    What I think is most interesting about this book is that it's about a family, an Irish Amercan family living in the Bronx in 1912 when the Irish were a dominant group in NYC, and all the details are real. It feels like fully developed people in a 100 page book. The descriptions of the Morgan Library are excellent, coming from someone who has been there. The mystery around JP Morgan is very intriguing. But it's the characters of the Connolly family that make this story memorable. The marriage of the main character, Helen, and why she was mourning her Belfast-born husband all these years later, was real.

  • Katie

    Interesting history and enjoyed the characters

  • Ruth Chatlien

    Nancy Bilyeau has created a small gem of a Christmas ghost story that can be devoured in one sitting. In 1912, Helen, a grieving widow with uncanny gifts, lands the seemingly perfect job of conserving treasures at the Morgan Library. Yet, her time there fills her with unexplained dread that makes her wonder what’s going on beneath the surface. What awaits her is a transformative brush with the supernatural in the time-honored tradition of A Christmas Carol.

  • Stephanie

    It is 1912 in New York City, and the young widow Helen O'Neill takes the train every morning from her apartment in the Bronx where she lives with her siblings to her work as an antique manuscript expert in the gorgeous library of J.P. Morgan. Unusually gifted, she keeps her grief of the loss of her husband hidden. One day she leaves the library and sees a beautiful young woman standing in only a light dress in the falling snow....and shortly after, comes to realize that the crusty old Morgan

    It is 1912 in New York City, and the young widow Helen O'Neill takes the train every morning from her apartment in the Bronx where she lives with her siblings to her work as an antique manuscript expert in the gorgeous library of J.P. Morgan. Unusually gifted, she keeps her grief of the loss of her husband hidden. One day she leaves the library and sees a beautiful young woman standing in only a light dress in the falling snow....and shortly after, comes to realize that the crusty old Morgan also has a painful secret. The only problem is that no one else can see the pale girl....an enchanting story of the newly rising immigrants and the wealthy of old New York which you can read as quickly as you'd watch a film of The Christmas Carol and will also leave you feeling lovely. Has the author reinvented the much adored annual Christmas novella? Curl up for an hour or so with a cup of something lovely and read The Ghost of Madison Avenue this season.

  • Debra Hill

    I really loved this story. It is so well written and just a pleasure to read. My book club likes to read a Christmas book in December so I picked up this novella. What a wonderful find! I loved the story, set in the Gilded Age in NYC, with its mixture of history and the otherworld. Once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this novella.

  • Sheila

    A nice holiday book. Interesting story involving JP Morgan and his library set at Christmastime, 1912., with a little mystery and a touch of the supernatural.

  • Davida Chazan

    I don't usually read fantasy or ghost stories, but how could I resist something from Nancy Bilyeau written just for this season? This one is sure to be a winner for lovers of this genre, and you can find out why through my review here.

  • Nancy Bilyeau

    I really enjoyed writing an eerie story, and with my longtime love of ghost stories like The Turn of the Screw and of course A Christmas Carol, it was pure pleasure to take a turn at this. I also adore the Morgan Museum and writing about this beautiful and in some ways mysterious place was also a delight. All the research for this book was fun! But for a novella I didn't expect to dive this deep into the main character, Helen O'Neill, and her family, the

    I really enjoyed writing an eerie story, and with my longtime love of ghost stories like The Turn of the Screw and of course A Christmas Carol, it was pure pleasure to take a turn at this. I also adore the Morgan Museum and writing about this beautiful and in some ways mysterious place was also a delight. All the research for this book was fun! But for a novella I didn't expect to dive this deep into the main character, Helen O'Neill, and her family, the Connollys, living in an Irish neighborhood in the Bronx in 1912. I got to know Helen and feel for her situation: always feeling like an outsider even within a loving family and losing the one person who accepted her just the way she is, her husband, the "Belfast Boy" Sean O'Neill. I can get emotional when i write but I don't cry, my novels aren't what you'd call weepers. This is the first time I did shed a tear when I wrote an ending for a book.

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