Passion, redemption, and a battered suitcase full of
secrets: the New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers
returns with another engrossing tale.
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
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. Download and start listening now!