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Blackberry Winter: A Novel by Sarah Jio

Blackberry Winter: A Novel (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Sarah Jio

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Title:Blackberry Winter: A Novel
Authors:Sarah Jio
Info:Plume (2012), Edition: 1 Original, Paperback, 320 pages
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Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (2012)

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    dara85: This takes place in the past (1930's), a child is taken and goes to live with another family, involves a crime

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Compelling story of a journalist assigned to do a feature on two freak May snowstorms that occur on the same day some eighty years apart in Seattle. Journalist Claire Aldridge, at first reluctant to take on the assignment, comes across the story of a three-year old who went missing during the first snow storm and was never found. Claire's own heartbreak pulls her into the story and she determines to find out what happened to the missing boy and his mother. The resulting twists and turns lead her to her own cathartic experience and the hope that she was missing. I loved this book and it made me want to read other stories by Sarah Jio. ( )
  SherylHendrix | Mar 15, 2015 |
4.5 star...very enjoyable ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 14, 2015 |
This is a fantastic story. I loved the reading very much. It's written with a lot of love for the characters. There are two stories within one story which are related to each other in many ways. Both women had lost their only child. The first one because it was taken from her when her little son was three years old in 1933 and the other one lost her unborn child when she got involved in an accident (nowadays). The younger woman is a journalist and she got the task to write a story about a late snowstorm in May which is called Blackberry Winter. During her research she found out that such a snowstorm took place in 1933 and that a little boy went missing. When she started to look into this case she wasn't aware that that story is very close related to her story. ( )
  Ameise1 | Dec 19, 2014 |
An engaging yet compelling quick read, a combination of contemporary romance, historical, and mystery---- bridges the gap between two generations of time and women, as Sarah Jio does so well.

Claire’s life is not going well (her marriage nor work); she receives an assignment to write a feature story about a sudden snowstorm in Seattle of May 2010. The story’s angle is to compare it to an identical storm which took place on the same day in 1933.

While Claire works to find something interesting about the twin storms, she stumbles across the tale of a woman named Vera Ray, whose 3-year-old son, Daniel, disappeared during that 1933 storm. Vera, is a single mother, who works at a hotel cleaning rooms, while trying to feed and clothe her little boy on a very low salary. As she was down to her last penny and unable to pay her rent, with no one to watch Daniel while working, she leaves him alone in the apartment, but returns only to find him gone.

The only clue to his disappearance is Daniel's beloved teddy bear, found in the snow outside her apartment building. Kicked out of her apartment, she reports him missing to police, who dismiss the child as a runaway.

The similarities and parallel of the two stories –Claire’s husband’s wealthy family owns the paper where they both work--and Vera, stops at nothing while trying to find her child.

A story of loss, love, and hope--a fascinating and emotional read! I look forward to reading more from this author!
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  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
I loved all of these books by this author, including this one, but there were a bit too many coincidences for my taste. It's too much if even I can figure things out before the end of the book. Don't get me wrong, Sarah Jio has a new one coming out and can be requested on Early reviewers and I'm first in line, can't wait!!! ( )
  mchwest | Sep 27, 2014 |
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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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"Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it's the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning--even though it's the second of May--a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel's unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth--only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways"--… (more)

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