Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Violets of March...Review
A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.
In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.
Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.
A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.
After signing her divorce papers, Emily leaves New York for Bainbridge Island in Washington, home of favorite childhood memories and her beloved great-aunt Bee. Desiring peace of mind and inspiration for a new story, Emily discovers a diary written in 1943. As she reads it and learns Esther's story, she also discovers secrets about her own family relationships.
While I wish there had been more development between Jack and Emily, I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other. As she searches for answers, Emily meets a range of delightful people and along the way, as past meets present, finds herself.
What should have been cliched and predictable was, instead, a captivating novel and one I couldn't put down and didn't want to end. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this story. I look forward to more from Sarah Jio.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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