Summary from Goodreads: Secrets. Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise.
Secrets. Down to her final coin, Allegra happens on Charleston’s Fancy, the first southern amusement park, which is searching for musicians for its orchestra. At first, the park seems her salvation; but she quickly realizes she has traded the dominance of her father, for the even more terrifying madness of the owner, Silas.
And more secrets. Allegra meets the dashing Brighton LeFroy, Fancy’s engineer and pyrotechnics master. His shabby clothing cannot conceal the brilliant mind beneath. The musician’s whisper he is a witch, is obsessed with storms, and is rumored...to fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicable drawn to him.
She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.
Hello, my name is Brynn Chapman and I
have and addiction. It’s books. Yes, I
am an author…but I don’t think anyone can be an author without having been a
fangirl first. And if you are only writing and no longer reading—that’s a
recipe for distaster.
The Violet Hour is what I call a
‘quiet book’. Now before you click away, stay with me.
Just because there is nothing blowing
up…(wait there is LOTS of lightning)…no knife fights…(wait, there IS a sword
fight)….I am getting ahead of myself.
Quiet can be paradoxically powerful.
How? Three examples.
Water for Elephants.
Three examples where quiet EXUDES
powerful. The heart of the Violet Hour is not about THE ELEMENTI—the ancient
element which may or may not have the capability to heal.
It is not about the state’s first
amusement park—and a run-away cellist. It is not about a child losing her
mother to suicide.
It’s soul is about love. And losing love—and
about recovering it at any cost.
Allegra loses her mother. She just
cannot fathom she ended her own life, so she escapes, to find out for herself.
Brighton loses his brother. A brother
to whom he was protector and caretaker.
So…if you like the ‘quiet’ characters
and stories above…you will love the Southern Gothic that is THE VIOLET HOUR.
Thanks so much for having me.
*Sits. I am Brynn Chapman…and I won’t
give you my books!
About the Author
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.