Oh goodness, The Violets of March by Sarah Jio has skyrocketed to my list of favorite books… of all time.
Here is what Goodreads has to say:
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.
I was so impressed by this book. At first I was worried that it was going to be a bit chick-lit-y (not like the gum) but boy was I wrong. Sarah does a phenomenal job weaving together the multiple story lines, switching back and forth from the past to the present, and beautifully brings the two together.
Her descriptions of the island truly transport you to the Pacific northwest (I SO want to take a trip up there to see some family soon) and she really captured the feeling of such an island. She did a great job of making the island seem magical, without being corny or over the top.
Gosh! I seriously can’t stop raving about this book. I called my mom and sister about 15 seconds after finishing the book—OK maybe a bit longer, I was a little choked up—
and told them to add it to the top of their list, and then I texted a bunch of my friends about it as well.
This book had a dash of everything in it, romance, tragedy, the main character finding herself, friendship, mystery, and love. I highly recommend it!
Ready for some great news? Sarah has another book coming out in December. It’s called The Bungalow.
Now go, go read this book!
What I am reading now: A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel
Up next: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
What are you currently reading?