The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

Title:  The Violets of March

Author:  Sarah Jio

Genre:  Fiction

Published:  April, 2011 – Plume

My take:  Emily Wilson’s marriage to the perfect man has gone south. After she signs the divorce papers she heads to her great-aunt’s home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She holds fond memories of summer vacations spent at the big house on the sound and hopes to find comfort and time to heal. On the day she arrives she discovers a diary in the guest room nightstand. She reads it and finds herself consumed with solving a mystery that involves her relatives and family friends.

Emily also captures the attention of two men on the island. One she dated as a teen and the other is a handsome artist who lives not far from her great-aunt’s house. What she doesn’t expect is the connection one may hold to the mystery in the diary.

Reading The Violets of March was a nice way to spend a snowy weekend. Jio’s detailed descriptions gave me a good sense of the beautiful island. I thought the mystery was interesting and I liked the characters. All made for a good tale of lost loves and fresh starts. I look forward to reading Sarah Jio’s second novel: The Bungalow.

Source:  Giveaway win

20 thoughts on “The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

  1. I have this on my tbr list and am hoping to get to it soon. I saw that the author also has another book out – The Bungalow – that I am hoping to read, too.


  2. I’ve had this one on “the list” for ages and your wonderful review reinforces my wish to read it. Glad you enjoyed it so much, Mary.


  3. I have a sample of this book waiting for me on my Nook and now I want to read it really soon! Thanks for the lovely review! Have a great weekend Mary!


  4. I’ve got this one sitting by my bedside and on the list of ones I hope to read soon. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it.


  5. I enjoyed this one too. I liked the “story within a story” aspect. I have The Bungalow on my nightstand waiting patiently to be read.


  6. I loved this one! Maybe this coming weekend will be warm and it would match the atmosphere in The Bungalow!


  7. I loved this book! It was the perfect comfort read for me and I loved the characters and the diary was a novel in itself. I couldn’t put it down and look forward to reading The Bungalow.


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