The Secret Life of Violet Grant
Thanks to my model Fisher for being so cute while displaying the book!
Vivian Schuyler – year 1964, fresh out of college and trying to move up the ranks at a Magazine.
Violet Grant – formerly Schuyler. Year 1912, Violet leaves New York for Europe to study physics.She is Vivian’s unknown Aunt.
The book opens with Vivian receiving a package at the post office where she meets a handsome young doctor. Once home, she discovers the package is a suitcase with the belongings of a Violet Schuyler found in Switzerland. She then discovers her family (a prevalent New York family) hid the fact that Violet (Vivian’s Aunt) left home to study physics in Europe. It was not accepted for a woman to study and not marry.
The chapters alternate between Vivian’s researching what happened to her aunt and the ups and downs of her relationship with Dr. Paul, and Violets running off to study, her marriage to her Professor, and then his murder (gasp! Who did it?)
Overall, the book kept me wanting more. I always wanted to get back to the book and find out what happened next. Both women were likeable and had distinct personalities. It was a colorful story set in eras where women were not taken seriously, but both women had their own strengths.
I don’t have a lot of cons. I really enjoyed this book and plan to read her other book, A Hundred Summers. That said, I felt like the relationship between Vivian and Dr. Paul started strong and exciting, but it quickly got out of hand with the roadblocks they hit. I don’t want to ruin anything so I won’t say more. If I were Vivian, I’d have just been done. It was too much drama, not that Violets relationships didn’t have drama. They had plenty but I had no problem there.
4/5 Book Loves
It was a great read, but had a few things that could have made it better. I’ll probably read it again someday!