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The Violets of March: A Novel by Sarah Jio
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The Violets of March: A Novel (2011)

by Sarah Jio

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Title:The Violets of March: A Novel
Authors:Sarah Jio
Info:Plume (no date), Paperback, 304 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (2011)

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This is my first book by this particular author and it won't be my last. I loved it.
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  deb115 | Apr 26, 2018 |
Ho letto “Il diario di velluto cremisi” in un giorno solo. È un libro che si legge in fretta e si dimentica altrettanto in fretta, non lascia niente di niente. Personalmente lo trovo malscritto (e anche, probabilmente, maltradotto): un profluvio di aggettivi usati a caso (esempio: “possedeva un fascino impalpabile”, io il fascino palpabile non l’ho mai visto) e di figure retoriche così fruste che non sono più neanche figure retoriche (la mente recupera un ricordo e l’originalissima metafora è quella che accomuna il recupero di un ricordo al recupero di un file, complimenti per la creatività!). La trama è stucchevole e melensa, un’antologia di banalità da togliere il fiato: la protagonista-narratrice alle prese con un divorzio perché il marito ha trovato un’altra donna, va a trovare la vecchia zia sull’isola dove questa abita, e dove la protagonista reincontrerà il vecchio amore del liceo che le sta ancora dietro; lei, tuttavia, preferisce la storia travolgente con il figo dell’isola; dopo un po' di tira e molla con gli amici dell'isola, il marito fedifrago torna indietro ma ormai c’è il figo dell’isola, quindi non se ne fa niente; dulcis in fundo, il mistero dell’isola che ti attira a sé e ti lascia andare solo quando lo decide lei: non ho colto proprio nessuna analogia con Lost! Il tutto ruota attorno a un diario trovato per caso dalla protagonista: diario che racconta una storia di famiglia della protagonista, che guarda il caso è del tutto simile alla storia recente della protagonista. In sostanza è come leggere due inutili polpettoni noiosissimi in uno. Io per fortuna questo libro non l’ho comprato, me l’hanno regalato. Sarebbe opportuno che denunciassi chi me l’ha regalato e chiedessi all’autrice di risarcirmi delle quattro ore della mia vita che ho perso per leggere questo romanzaccio da quattro soldi, e che nessuno mi ridarà mai indietro. ( )
  lonelypepper | Feb 22, 2018 |
Loved this story! More than just a love story! A love story from the past intertwined with a love story from the present. Highly recommend! ( )
  mpettit7974 | Dec 21, 2017 |
Perfect. Everything I love/need/want in a novel! ( )
  kelleylizak | Aug 29, 2017 |
I am going to call this one a pleasant Gothic-lite type of beach read. Gothic for the haunting atmosphere of the mysterious family secret a handful of Bainbridge Islanders seem to know all about that Emily has to work to uncover. A good beach read in that recently divorcee Emily has not one but two romantic interests (or three if we include her ex in the count) with the escape from New York City to an island retreat, even if spending March on an island in the Puget Sound, Washington area isn’t exactly the tropical “sun and surf” locale other readers may prefer. Of course, the icing on the cake for me is the historical fiction aspect of the 1943 diary slowly reveals a haunting story of love gone wrong.

Jio does a wonderful job pulling tiny tidbits from the 1943 diary story and echoing them in present day for Emily to stumble across, twigging tiny “deja-vu” experiences. Jio accurately captures Bainbridge Island and has created some wonderful characters in Aunt Bee, Evelyn, Henry and Emily’s BFF Annie. The romantic interests were just okay as they came across as being a tad too contrived for my tastes. As far as protagonists go, Emily fits the bill as the typical contemporary romance lead but parts of her character had me eye-rolling, especially the fact that Emily seems to be financially well off considering she doesn’t appear to have any income except for the revenue from the sales of her debut novel (yes it was a bestseller and yes it was made into a movie but that was like 5 years ago). There are also a couple of discontinuity issues that the editor/proof-reader should have caught (for example, Esther arrives in a wool twin set but a couple of paragraphs later, the buttons on her dress are being undone).

Overall, I really, really enjoyed the family secrets mystery and the Puget Sound location but beyond that, this is a formula beach read just like thousands of other books of the same contemporary romance genre. A pleasant way to while away a rainy afternoon or a lazy Sunday. ( )
  lkernagh | Mar 12, 2017 |
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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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"And the riverbank talks of the waters of March / It's the end of all strain, it's the joy in your heart." -- From "Waters of March" by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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To my grandmothers, Antoinette Mitchell and the late Cecelia Fairchild, who instilled in me the love of art and writing and a fascination with the 1940s
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"I guess this is it," Joel said, leaning into the doorway of our apartment.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452297036, Paperback)

***A Library Journal Best Books of 2011 Award Recipient***

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:20 -0400)

In a mystical place where violets bloom out of season and the air is salt drenched, a heartbroken woman stumbles upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.

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