Sunday, February 3, 2013

Violets in March: A Novel by Sarah Jio

Since Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times announced her Whatcha Reading? I've really started reading more.  In fact, I've read 2 books in less than a week.  Violets in March: A Novel is my 2nd book.  Finished it tonight after starting it Friday.  It was a page turner.  Following is what Amazon said about it.

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.
Here's my additional 2 cents worth:

It's a story within a story.  The reader gets to read the diary along with Emily.  It got a little confusing with a lot of names starting with an E but I was able to finally keep them all straight.  The ending was not at all what I thought it would be.  Lots of surprises (for me anyway) along the way in this book.  One of the things that made me want to read it was the location -- Bainbridge Island in WA.  I've been there and I always enjoy reading books that take place in locations where I've been.  Oh, and did I say it was also a love story within a love story. 

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