Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “A Matter of Happiness” by Tori Whitaker, Lake Union, November 8, 2022. On Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours

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Tori Whitaker, the author of “A Matter of Happiness” has written an intriguing and captivating adventure. The genres for this book are Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Romance with a touch of Mystery. Tori Whitaker writes a novel about two different “modern women” from different generations, and compares and contrasts what is a relative conclusion. The timelines for this story are set in the early 1920’s in Detroit and in 2018, in Kentucky. The author visually describes the colorful and dramatic characters, the clothing and accessories of the times, the scenery, and the plot. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, and conflicted.

In the present, Melanie Barnett has a successful career at a Kentucky Bourbon Distillery. Melanie’s is focused on a promotion in her career. Melanie had broken up with her fiancĂ©, when his career and location conflicted with her goals. Melanie is not quite sure that business and love can be compatible.

Violet Bond, in 1921, liked to be a free spirit. Detroit provides a setting for fast and glamorous cars. There are speakeasies, and partying. As prohibition takes place, there is danger in the streets and in the water. Violet meets her best friend who introduces her to investing money, driving fast cars, modern hairstyles, and flashy clothing. Violet is determined to be single and free. Although she does fall in love, she questions if she is ready to settle down. Violet writes about her life in a journal.

Violet is Melanie’s aunt, and Melanie inherits her fabulous car. Melanie discovers her aunt’s diary in a hidden compartment. Her aunt has written her a message” Take from this story what you want, Melanie, and you can bury the rest.”

I appreciate the author’s descriptions of luxury cars, and the bourbon industry, and the connection to art and advertising. The author also discusses the importance of family, friends, hope and love. The author also asks the question, “What Makes One Happy”?This is a story about secrets, self-growth, sisterhood, motherhood, independence, and being successful. I highly recommend this thought-provoking story.

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