A Matter of Happiness by Tori Whitaker @torilwhitaker @suzyapbooktours #bookreview #historicalfiction


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 there is 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, financial windfalls, free-spirited friends, and unexpected romance, it’s easy to spin out of control.

Now, as Melanie’s own world takes unexpected turns, her life and Violet’s life intersect. Generations apart, they’re coming into their own and questioning what modern womanhood—and happiness—really means.


Melanie’s Aunt Violet has passed away and left her an old car, a Jordan. Inside this Jordan, Melanie finds Aunt Violet’s journal. This old car and this journal have a story to tell.

The novel is told in two different time periods, present day and the Jazz Age. It covers the speakeasies and the bourbon of today. Then there is Aunt Violet and her secret past. And Melanie and her worries of her job and her life. I absolutely loved these two characters, especially Aunt Violet. She really was a woman ahead of her time.

I really enjoyed this author’s first book Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish. You can see my review here. So, I jumped at the chance to read this one. And it is super! I loved everything about it! The time period, the characters, and the setting. It even had me googling the Jordan car. I can just picture Aunt Violet sporting around in it.

Need just an all around great book…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the author for a honest review.

About The Author:

Tori Whitaker grew up in the Midwest. She now resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia, where she and her husband of more than forty years live near their two sons and their families. Tori belongs to the Historical Novel Society, and her feature article, “Multi-Period Novels: The Keys to Weaving Together Two Stories from Different Time Periods,” appeared in the Historical Novels Review. Tori graduated from Indiana University and is chief marketing officer for a national law firm. She is also an alum of the Yale Writers’ Workshop. Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is her first novel. https://toriwhitaker.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToriWhitakerAuthor/

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Twitter: @ToriLWhitaker

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