Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

What a surprise this little gem turned out to be. It took a couple of chapters to sink my teeth into it, but what a delightful book it was. Emily Wilson was a blocked author in the throes of divorce from her cheating husband. So after signing the divorce papers, she went to visit her Aunt Bee on Bainbridge Island for a month. The Island was known for bringing folks back at the right time for healing. She found a diary that was written in the year 1943 which intrigued her. Was it a true story? Who were Esther and Elliott if they were real and why does Emily feel compelled to unravel her families long buried secrets? A very interesting tale, with a lot of surprising twists. Emily developed and matured before your very eyes and learned to read her own heart during her stay with her Aunt. I think I will now have to read Sarah Jio's second book, The Bungalow! What a shame that will be!

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