Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

"Great love endures time, heartache and distance.  And even when all seems lost, true love lives on.".  Sarah Jio's first novel, The Violets of March, is a story of lost love and the healing powers that a new love brings.  The story takes place on Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest.  I found myself wanting to visit this island on my next vacation, placing my toes in the sand, smelling the ocean water and watching the tides roll to shore.  I was reminded just how much the ocean is like our lives with tides, beauty, death and new life.  Loved the story within the story. Great summer read.
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.


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