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Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the contents draw her back into her family's past, and the hushed-over crime of an aunt she never knew. Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: he provides the support to her position as a young American female physicist. 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 true motives become evident, Violet is tempted to take the ultimate step to set herself free.
Williams, author of the best-selling A Hundred Summers (2013), conjures up another substantive beach read steeped in history and familial intrigue. Separated by 50 years but joined together in spirit and ambition, Vivian Schuyler and Violet Schuyler Grant share equal parts of the narrative flow as the story leapfrogs back and forth between 1964 New York and 1914 Berlin. When Vivian accepts delivery of a musty parcel from the past, she is compelled to unlock the secrets that have shrouded the memory of her Great Aunt Violet. Though the blue-blooded Schuyler family has done its best to bury and ignore Violet's disgraceful past she was, after all, determined to pursue a career as a scientist! the deeper Vivian digs, the more invested she becomes in Violet's story. Rumor has it that Violet murdered her husband and mentor, Dr. Walter Grant, before mysteriously disappearing with her lover on the eve of WWI. As Vivian closes in on the past, she has a heart-wrenching problem of her own to resolve in the present. Readers will love wallowing in the twists and turns of this irresistibly luxurious tale.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2010 Booklist
Library Journal Review
This follow-up to One Hundred Summers is the story of two women whose dreams are challenged by society and familial expectations. Violet Schuyler is an intelligent young woman who is naive to the ways of the world when she meets Dr. Walter Grant, the noted physical chemist, who champions Violet's scientific career, and her gratitude leads her to fall in love with him. But she soon finds herself trapped in an unhappy marriage. Then Violet's husband's former protege, Lionel Richardson, arrives, leading her to a crisis point. In 1960s New York, Vivian Schuyler wants to write magazine articles instead of spending her days fetching coffee for her editor. When she receives a suitcase that once belonged to her scandalous Aunt Violet, rumored to have murdered her husband in 1914 and run off with her lover, Vivian is determined to uncover the truth. VERDICT Williams's latest is another absorbing page-turner filled with romance and secrets but with some flaws. While -Violet's narrative will captivate readers with its intrigue and the protagonist's struggles, Vivian's story is less compelling and the plot strains believability toward the end. Fans of the earlier work will be delighted by the cameo appearance of Lily and other characters from that novel. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/13.]-Christina Thurairatnam, Holmes Cty. Dist. P.L., Millersburg, OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.