I hope my grandmother never reads this. I took this book off the shelf in her study without asking. Which could land me in hot water if she found out. Don’t worry though, I took good care of it, and it’s sitting by the garage door, ready to be returned on my next visit.
I’m surprised that I picked this book up so soon after reading Cleopatra’s Daughter. I didn’t love that book. But I think I was intrigued by Moran’s perspective. She picks interesting women from history and gives them a voice.
The Secret Life of Violet Grant is two stories in one. Story number one follows Vivian Schuyler, a 1960’s socialite who bucks the system in pursuit of journalism career. Early on in her story, she mistakenly receives the suitcase of Violet Grant, her long-lost aunt. Thus begins the second story the parallel second story.
This was the sort of book that pretentious Honors English college students gush over as “important” and “meaningful”. Which, to me, usually meant it was weird, full of “lyricism”, and contained sentences that never seemed to end. I wanted to like it. I wanted it to be something special. But I really, really hated it.
Written by Rhys Bowen Take one part Downton Abbey, one part The Imitation Game, add a sprinkle of any Dick Frances novel, and you’ve got In Farleigh Field. If you don’t know one of more of these references, here’s another way of explaining this. In Farleigh Field combines the deprivations experienced by proper British society…
The beginning of this book was chillingly scary. I’m not a scary story person, so it may not affect you in the same way. But I read on well past my bedtime in hopes that I would not have nightmares. It was a delicious beginning, and I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did.
Lucia, Lucia, like all of Trigiani’s books, includes themes of family and tradition. It is set in New York City, just after World War II has ended. Lucia is the only daughter of an Italian grocer. Her brothers, loud and rambunctious, work for her father, while she is allowed to work as a seamstress at a high-end department store. Lucia loves her family and culture, but struggles to make peace between responsibility and a desire to be more.