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.
Written by Phaedra Patrick I cannot think of a way to say this that is not pun-y and obnoxious. So I will just come up with it. This book charmed me to the soles of my feet, and the more that time goes by, the more I fall in love with its memory. I wish…
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.
Did you know that Germany placed secret agents in the United States during World War I? And that they carried out terrorist actions on U.S. soil? I certainly did not. But it happened, and it is better than fiction.