Monday, April 14, 2014
Review: The Secret Life of Violet Grant
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A tale across generations that start with a lost suitcase. Vivian Schuyler is a young, vibrant New Yorker working at one of the top magazines as a fact checker. A quick trip to the post office, however, turns her life into a detective story with a love affair on the side. Dr. Paul is a handsome man and helps Vivian to her apartment with her large package. What they discover is an old suitcase that belonged to Vivian’s great Aunt Violet.
Fifty years ago, Violet Schuyler defied her place in society by studying math and science, becoming a working scientist in pre-war Europe After she starts an affair with Dr. Grant, things get out of hand. Once married, they move to Germany where they are surrounded by the great scientific minds, but they are also surrounded by their own unhappiness. When Violet meets Lionel Richardson, her whole world turns upside down.
The dual stories that make up The Secret Life of Violet Grant are both intriguing on their own. Put together, and you have a great novel that spans decades and help Vivian discover a secret part of her family as well as a part of herself.
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