Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio's writing is so wonderful, the bond you feel with her characters and the great stories behind them, "Blackberry Winter" is no exception.  Such a great story of loss, love, overcoming the unthinkable and searching for truth. 

I felt such compassion for both Charles and Vera and wish that things would have been different for them.  The devastation that each endured was heart wrenching.

Some parts of the novel were a little predictable but I still loved the mystery.  This is a very fast read.  You will not want to put it down until the last page is turned and then you will want to begin it again.

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
In 2011, Sarah Jio burst onto the fiction scene with two sensational novels—The Violets of March and The Bungalow. With Blackberry Winter—taking its title from a late-season, cold-weather phenomenon—Jio continues her rich exploration of the ways personal connections can transcend the boundaries of time. 
Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator's.
Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 "blackberry winter" storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways...

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