With a plot as comfy as a well-worn sweater, Matson somehow wowed me into a 5-star review. Want to know why?
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…
I’ve read books narrated by animals before, and they veer quickly into cutesy or too sentient. Quinn somehow avoids both pitfalls. In fact, his easily distracted narrator actually adds to the story.
There wasn’t anything wrong with this book. The backstory is complete and believable. The characters are as believable as possible in this sort of story.