About A Matter of Happiness
A cherished heirloom opens up a century of secrets in a bittersweet novel about family, hard truths, and self-discovery by the author of Millicent Glenn's Last Wish.
Melanie Barnett thinks she has it all together. With an ex-fiancé and a pending promotion at a Kentucky bourbon distillery, Melanie has figured out that love and career don't mix. Until she makes a discovery while cleaning her Jordan MX car: a scarlet-red symbol of the Jazz Age's independent women that she inherited from her great-great-great-aunt Violet. Its secret compartment holds Violet's weathered journal-within it an intriguing message: Take from this story what you will, Melanie, and you can bury the rest. Melanie wonders, what more is there to learn from Violet's past?
In 1921 Violet Bond defers to no one. Hers is a life of adventure in Detroit, the hub of the motorcar boom and the fastest growing city in America. But in an era of speakeasies...
Tori Whitaker is the bestselling author of Millicent Glenn's Last Wish and A Matter of Happiness. She belongs to the Bourbon Women Association and the Historical Novel Society. Her work has appeared in the Historical Novels Review and Bookmarks magazine. Tori graduated from Indiana University, is an alum of the Yale Writers' Workshop, and is recently retired from a national law firm where she served as chief marketing officer. She spent a decade in Detroit because of her husband's career in the automotive industry. The two now reside near their children outside Atlanta and have been married for forty-five happy years.
Praise for Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish
“A novel about the legacies women pass to their daughters-and the price of the secrets they keep."
—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Family and Those Who Save Us
“Tori Whitaker explores the depths of mother-love with heart-wrenching honesty in this post–World War II story brimming with exceptional historical detail.”
—Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Nature of Fragile Things
“A beautifully told and astonishing tale of the mysterious ties that hold a family together . . . Rich in detail and imbued with compassion.... Whitaker cuts close to the bone from page one!”
—Kimberly Brock, award-winning author of The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare
“Tenderly told and full of heart.... Tori Whitaker’s debut offers a fresh and poignant perspective on motherhood, loss, and, ultimately, forgiveness.”
—Lynda Cohen Loigman, bestselling author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters
“I dare you to read without shedding a tear. Readers will think on these characters long after turning the last page.”
—Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of Mustique Island
"A heartwarming and affecting novel . . . brings us back to the 1950s . . . illuminating."