The Violets of March

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

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When I got this book I hadn’t heard a thing about it.  It was recommended to me by Amazon based on other books I’d ordered in the past.  Kooky internet super powers, how do they know?  I’m glad, in this instance, that “Big Brother” was watching me.

This book was a super quick read and I loved the setting.  You know I’m a regional story kind of girl.  Usually it’s the southern stories that grab me.  This one, however, was not based in the south at all.  It takes place on Bainbridge Island, WA.  We lived in the Pacific Northwest for four years so I could really picture the setting in the book: the icy cold waters, misty rains, clean forest smells, and spectacular views of the Puget Sound.

The story is about a mid-thirties woman, reeling from a recent divorce, who goes to visit her great-aunt on Bainbridge Island.  In the process of healing she finds herself – in more ways than one.

From the 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.



Though it reads a little like an old school romance novel, I still liked it.  The story has a lot of twists and turns, many are super predictable; but there are enough unexpected ones to keep you turning the pages.

Looks like most of the country is socked in weather wise right now..either from heavy rains, here in the south, or snow everywhere else!  While you’re stuck inside this weekend try this one for a quick read.  :)


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