Published by: Plume
Published on: April 2011
Page Count: 304
Genre: Women’s Fiction
My Reading Format: Paperback copy sent to me by the publisher for consideration
Available Formats: Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook
Emily Wilson, a literary one hit wonder, is divorcing a husband she seemed to feel underneath was too good for her. He moved in with another woman and, kicking her while she was down, sent her an invitation to his second wedding before the ink was dry on their divorce papers. To keep her from wallowing in all that was going wrong with her life, her best friend encourages her to leave New York City and take time to heal. Emily chooses to visit her Aunt Bee on Bainbridge Island off the coast from Seattle. She’s always wondered about some tension within the family and thought perhaps by investigating her family’s past she could reignite her desire to write. What she discovers on the Island is more complicated than that and it will change everything.
When I want a cozy read, what I’m looking to do is to follow a character working through issues through to a happier, richer life. The Violets of March is an excellent example of just that kind of book. Sarah Jio created a character I could root for in Emily. I wanted her to be happy. She deserved it. Jio also made the setting as magical as it was mysterious. I was ready and willing if not able to jump on the next plane to Seattle to spend time on Bainbridge Island. Reading the book at Myrtle Beach was the next best thing.
I wish I had found the time to read Sarah Jio before this summer, but it’s never too late to read a wonderful book that makes you feel good about life. That’s what The Violets of March is. I am looking forward reading more from this author.