A story of love and intrigue that travels from Kennedy-era Manhattan to World War I Europe from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and The Golden Hour.
Fresh from college, irrepressible Vivian Schuyler defies her wealthy Fifth Avenue family to work at cutthroat Metropolitan magazine. But this is 1964, and the editor dismisses her…until a parcel lands on Vivian’s Greenwich Village doorstep that starts a journey into the life of an aunt she never knew, who might give her just the story she’s been waiting for.
In 1912, Violet Schuyler Grant moved to Europe to study physics, and made a disastrous marriage to a philandering fellow scientist. As the continent edges closer to the brink of war, a charismatic British army captain enters her life, drawing her into an audacious gamble that could lead to happiness…or disaster.
Fifty years later, Violet’s ultimate fate remains shrouded in mystery. But the more obsessively Vivian investigates her disappearing aunt, the more she realizes all they have in common—and that Violet’s secret life is about to collide with hers.
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One of Reader’s Digest’s Top Summer Thrillers of the Year
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Surprisingly witty and fun summer read
I love history and the mix of family and history made this a captivating read if also somewhat unbelievable - in I wish it could be so way...
Looking forward to reading many more.
Strong witty women
Beatriz Williams’s novels have sharp, humorous dialog that keeps the plot humming to a usually twisting conclusion. She writes of romance in realistic yet lyrical terms. Her heroines are always strong women with wicked senses of humor, always a plus when reading for pleasure.
Absolutely marvelous must-read!
The main narrator of this piece, Vivian Schuyler, couldn’t be better named. She’s sassy, vivacious and hysterically funny. But the book will make you feel the whole gamut of emotions—I’m pretty sure I teared up at the end, an ending I didn’t see coming. All in all, I LOVED IT!