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.
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve reviewed a book! Never fear, I’ve been reading the whole time. I think I got out of sync because I did the thing where I was reading several books at once and just couldn’t finish any of them. But I’m not sure why I haven’t reviewed this book yet. It was a total guilty pleasure book that I definitely did not struggle to finish.
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.
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…
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.
The Light of Paris does what all great (yes, I said “great”) books do. It puts you in the shoes of the protagonists, so that you occasionally blink and realize that you aren’t in the story.
Conceptually, the story is interesting. I’m purposely not saying anything more, because it wasn’t a terrible book, and you might want to judge for yourself. I personally always like quests. And this was a pretty cool catalyst and outcome (if only Perdu would’ve gotten over himself at some point).