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The Secret Life of Violet Grant Audiobook

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

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Publisher's Summary

Passion, redemption, and a battered old suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times best-selling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale of lost love and female ambition that crosses generations.

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 Mad Men 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.

©2014 Beatriz Williams (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    gustavetoutant 07-02-14 Member Since 2012

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    Great story overall and loved the performance. Thought the ending was a little muddled, but still enjoyed it very much!

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    karen 07-26-14
    karen 07-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Violet Grant again? Why?

    Yes. I loved the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivian - very witty but also kind and sensitive


    What does Kathleen McInerney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Delivery of wit as well emotion. Her delivery of Mr. Grant really painted his true character.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED the addition of Einstein and the history of pre-WWI developments. Also, I might need to re-listen because I missed what Violet spoke to Jane about. How did that play out? My stars are based on the fact that it completely captured me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MS 08-04-14
    MS 08-04-14 Member Since 2010

    I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!

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    "Awesome!"

    Loved it! I also enjoy listening to Kathleen McInerney!! Held my interest, totally. This was around 1914 and I love history. The story line kept me wanting for more! Violet's life was indeed secret until her niece............. : )

    A must listen!

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    Robin 07-02-14
    Robin 07-02-14

    Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!

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    "An average read"

    This book was an interesting enough read, but it was lacking in depth or continuity. It has the feeling of a novel in installments. Okay to pass the time,

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    Shawna 05-06-17
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    it would have been better if the ending would not have been cut off. I went back to my download to see if that was the problem, but , nope no ending. I really did love the book but darn it!!<br/>


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    C. Broos Illinois 11-14-16
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    "Best book ever!"

    This is one of the best books I have ever read/listened to. The twists and turns right up to the last five minutes.

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    Quinn 09-27-16
    Quinn 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Silly and distasteful book."

    I tried this book, gave it some time, but it is just unpleasant and distasteful. I'm returning.

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    snowgoogle 07-22-16
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    "Fresh story"

    This story was great. It was unique and fascinating and amazing. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in awhile.

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    spideysgirl 06-27-16
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    "wonderful book"

    great book narrated very well would have like the men in book to be narrated by a male voice though.

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    R. Morehouse Buellton, CA 06-23-16
    R. Morehouse Buellton, CA 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unnecessarily Creepy"
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    I really enjoyed the story line itself. But Violet's husband's continual need to call her "child" was distracting. It kept giving the sensation that he was a pervert who liked little kids, when in fact that never was revealed. The first few times he called her "child" wasn't a big deal, but the fact that it never bothered her was irksome. And more so that the term was used over and over and over and over again. I stopped listening several times because I was sick of hearing it.

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