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The VIOLETS of MARCH (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Sarah Jio

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Title:The VIOLETS of MARCH
Authors:Sarah Jio
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The Violets of March by Sarah Jio (2011)

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This story begins when Emily Wilson sets out to Puget Sound to visit her Aunt Bee after she and her husband divorce due to his infidelity. She is devastated and intends to try to make sense of her life again. But wait . . .

At her aunt's house Emily finds an old diary in the nightstand drawer next to her bed. There are people and events she reads about that sounds vaguely familiar. Her aunt doesn't want her to associate with certain people on the island. Years ago her mother and her aunt had a falling out but never found out why and neither of them will talk about it. Her aunt's friend Evelyn tells Emily that she will be the one to finally make everything right. She sees the same photograph of a beautiful woman in different homes on the island but nobody will talk about this mysterious woman. Emily continues to read the diary while she puts the pieces of the past together.

Needless to say I couldn't put this book down until all these questions were answered. This book was definitely a page turner and one I read quickly. Definitely recommended for those liking a bit of mystery and past/present stories.

How I acquired this book: Guessing Barnes & Noble earlier this year.
Shelf life: Less than a year. ( )
  missjomarch | Nov 11, 2014 |
A great read! ( )
  ShiraR | Nov 6, 2014 |
Excellent! Emily goes to visit her aunt on Bainbridge Island, a place she'd gone for years as a child, to forget about her recent divorce and figure out her next steps. While there, she reads a mysterious diary, and finds that the diary was written by the grandmother she'd never known. While trying to figure out what happened on that fateful night in 1943 when her grandmother disappeared, she is met with resistance and opposition. Determined to uncover the truth, she discovers not only that love can last a lifetime but that she is capable of loving once more. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Enjoyed this story in familiar places. Nice read. ( )
  Harrod | Jun 16, 2014 |
Another wonderful novel by Sarah Jio. Her reads change with every book I've read and the twist and turns keep coming. Then she goes into great detail as to where and when, back and forth in history, food and landscape are always on the page. The things that make a great page turner for me! Next!! ( )
  mchwest | Mar 24, 2014 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:44 -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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