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The Secret Life of Violet Grant
by Beatriz Williams

Published: 2014-05-27
Hardcover : 448 pages
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“Williams conjures up another substantive beach read steeped in history and familial intrigue.... Readers will love wallowing in the twists and turns of this irresistibly luxurious tale.” —Booklist

Passion, redemption, and a battered suitcase full of secrets: the New York ...
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“Williams conjures up another substantive beach read steeped in history and familial intrigue.... Readers will love wallowing in the twists and turns of this irresistibly luxurious tale.” —Booklist

Passion, redemption, and a battered suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale. 

Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Madison Avenue world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family’s past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history.

Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering and decades-older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: for all his faults, he provides the necessary support to her liminal position as a young American female physicist in prewar Germany. The arrival of Dr. Grant’s magnetic former student at the beginning of Europe’s fateful summer interrupts this delicate détente. Lionel Richardson, a captain in the British Army, challenges Violet to escape her husband’s perverse hold, and as the world edges into war and Lionel’s shocking true motives become evident, Violet is tempted to take the ultimate step to set herself free and seek a life of her own conviction with a man whose cause is as audacious as her own.

As the iridescent and fractured Vivian digs deeper into her aunt’s past and the mystery of her ultimate fate, Violet’s story of determination and desire unfolds, shedding light on the darkness of her years abroad . . . and teaching Vivian to reach forward with grace for the ambitious future––and the love––she wants most.

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Vivian, 1964

New York City

I nearly missed that card from the post office, stuck up as it was against the side of the mail slot. Just imagine. Of such little accidents is history made.

I’d moved into the apartment only a week ago, and I didn’t know all the little tricks yet: the way the water collects in a slight depression below the bottom step on rainy days, causing you to slip on the chipped marble tiles if you aren’t careful; the way the butcher’s boy steps inside the superintendent’s apartment at five-fifteen on Wednesday afternoons, when the super’s shift runs late at the cigar factory, and spends twenty minutes jiggling his sausage with the super’s wife while the chops sit unguarded in the vestibule. ... view entire excerpt...

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by bpr2650 (see profile) 02/08/20

 
  "Humorous beach read"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 10/13/19

The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Beatriz Williams, author; Kathleen McInerny, narrator
Vivian Schuyler, a young Manhattan socialite, is a working girl, albeit against the wishes of her fami
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by Karenbrowntx (see profile) 06/30/19

 
by jcjwalbye (see profile) 06/26/18

Average rating by our book club = 8.5

 
  "The secret life of Violet Grant"by reneekehres (see profile) 02/24/17

Detailed characters..good story...easy to follow along..ending a little confusing...but I would recommend it for others to read

 
  "The Secret Life of Violet Grant"by [email protected] (see profile) 02/23/17

At times I couldn't book the book down. I would even skip ahead at times to read what one of the characters was going to do next.

 
  "The Secret Life of Violet Grant"by Silversolara (see profile) 05/02/15


A suitcase full of secrets? A suitcase that opens up the proverbial can of worms which leads Vivian Schuyler to find out about her aunt who supposedly murdered her husband.

Once Vivian


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by Carolynr (see profile) 02/01/15

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