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Fertile Public Library RIN (Text) 33500013285168 New Available -
Hawley Public Library RIN (Text) 33500013285176 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780525539209
  • ISBN: 0525539204
  • Physical Description: 417 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2020]

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"San Francisco, 1906. Violet is one of three people grateful for the destruction of the big earthquake. It leaves her and her two best friends unexpectedly wealthy - if the secret that binds them together stays buried beneath the rubble. Fearing discovery, the women strike out on their own, and orphaned, wallflower Violet reinvents herself. When a whirlwind romance with the city's most eligible widower, Harry Carlyle, lands her in a luxurious mansion as the second Mrs. Carlyle, it seems like her dreams of happiness and love have come true. But all is not right in the Carlyle home, and Violet soon finds herself trapped by the lingering specter of the first Mrs. Carlyle, and by the inescapable secrets of her own violent history."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1
    Rindell's latest historical tale, following Eagle & Crane (2018), takes place in San Francisco, just after the 1908 earthquake. Violet, barely out of her teens, uses the earthquake as an excuse to reinvent herself. Such a major upheaval gives her a chance to start over, away from the friends she made as an orphan, and present herself as a young lady of means. When she meets handsome and eligible widower Harry Carlyle, she leaps at the chance to be whisked away and become a rich man's wife. But Harry also has secrets in his past he'd rather not reveal, and the couple quickly find themselves at odds, shades of Du Maurier's Rebecca. Violet is a prime example of an unreliable narrator; Rindell crafts her as a liar from the start, but as the story moves forward, readers will be left wondering if Violet even knows what the truth is when it comes to her past. Fans of gothic historical fiction and historical romantic suspense will find much to enjoy here. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Suzanne Rindell is the author of The Other Typist, Three-Martini Lunch, and Eagle & Crane. She earned her Ph.D. in literature from Rice University and currently lives in San Francisco, California.

Subject: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906 > Fiction.
Best friends > Fiction.
Wealth > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Women.
FICTION / Psychological.
Best friends.
Man-woman relationships.
California > San Francisco.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Historical fiction.

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