Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

This was a really great little read by Sarah Jio, not too demanding but certainly not fluffy.
Emily Wilsons life implodes after great success as a writer, her marriage ends and things look bleak until her much loved Aunt Bee invites her to visit for the month of March on Bainbridge Island, a scene of much childhood/teenage happiness/angst.
Returning throws Emily into a hodge podge of experiences that both soothe and disturb her, there is a mystery and it relates to a Diary that Emily discovers and reads, set in 1943 the diary reveals that all may not have been what it appeared in the life of Aunt Bee and those she most cared about.
The Characters are brilliantly drawn and etched with an honesty and a uniqueness that makes this novel stand out, the story slowly unfolds and draws you in, engaging you with the characters and hoping as you read along that they will find the resolution they need to move on in life, part mystery, part love story a sparkling debut that left me very satisfied at the end.

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