Summary from Goodreads: 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.
My thoughts: I saw some very early reviews of The Violets of March and immediately thought it was a book that I would enjoy. First lets talk about cover love… I adore it. The rustic looking chair, the book with blank pages and the violets! I wanted to read it based on the cover alone, but when I glanced at the summary I knew for sure that I needed to read it.
The Violets of March gives you a touch of everything you could be looking for in a novel. There is the historical aspect, a touch of intrigue, a smidge of family drama and the always delightful hint of romance.
The story begins as Emily is called back to her family home. Struggling with changes in her own life and desperately in need of escape, she returns. Along the way to finding herself she meets an incredible cast of characters, each of them playing an important role in her personal journey and she in theirs. The things that Emily learns about herself on the Island will surprise you and perhaps make you think about your own history…
This is a debut not to be missed. Sarah Jio has created characters and a story that is so endearing you can’t help but care about them. The imagery is so vivid that I could picture myself right there beside Emily.
I am looking forward to Sarah’s next work, The Bungalow which is already scheduled to print in Germany! Congratulations Sarah!
Luckily The Violets of March is being released today! Don’t walk, RUN out and pick up this fantastic book. I promise you will not be sorry.
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I received my copy of The Violets of March from the author via the publisher. This is my honest opinion of the novel.
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