Courtesy of the lovely Beatriz Williams, for today’s Monday Give Away, we have an advance copy of… The Secret Life of Violet Grant!
Here’s the official blurb:
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.
A new Beatriz Williams novel is always a treat, and this one, moving from 1914 Europe to 1960s New York, is particularly gripping.
So, for a chance to win an advance copy of The Secret Life of Violet Grant, here’s your question:
— Would you rather visit World War I era Europe or 1960s New York?
Either way, the wardrobe options are quite snazzy!
The winner will be announced on Wednesday. The Secret Life of Violet Grant appears in stores on May 27, 2014 (and you’ll be able to find me and Beatriz doing a joint event for The Secret Life of Violet Grant and That Summer at Murder by the Book in Houston on July 24th!).