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Friday, April 29, 2011

(58) The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

The pre-publication buzz over Sarah Jio's The Violets of March was so great that I did everything humanly possible to get my hands on an ARC. When that failed, I put a hold on it at the library. When I went to the library on Tuesday at lunch at it was not there for me, I purchased it on my nook before the lunch hour was over. I get home from work to find a notification from the library that it was there. UGGGGH! I have no regrets, though. It was $9.99 well spent.

Emily Wilson is still somewhat shell-shocked. Her life has not turned out as she expected. She thought she would be a prolific author. Instead she has one hit book and a serious case of writers block. She thought she would be married forever. Instead she just signed her divorce papers and got an invitation to her ex-husband's wedding. Her life is undoubtedly a mess.

What does every girl do when they feel life is out of control. They go home. Or at least the place that feels most like home. Emily goes to Bainbridge Island and to her Aunt Bee. At her Aunt's she finds a diary from years gone by. Emily becomes immersed in the diary and the past. Will the diary answer as many questions as it raises? Will Emily be able to get past her writer's block and finally be happy? Or will the diary stir up more trouble for Emily?

I really enjoyed The Violets of March. The relationship that Emily has with her Aunt Bee reminds me a bit of the relationship I had with my late Aunt Mary. It really touched a tender spot in my heart. As the the story in the diary starts to unfold you can slowly see Emily "come back to life" it was wonderful to follow. I think it is a great read to add to the beach bag and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did!

6 comments:

Sara Bell said...

This one DOES sound great! I think I'll be adding it to my list too!

Also, just out of curiousity, do you keep all of your books or do you get rid of them after you've read them? I've been hearing a lot about some of those bookswap sites lately and it's made me curious.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

I only keep very few books. The ones that touch me in a special way or books that I would like to pass down to my children someday. Also certain autographed books. Everything else I give away. But I do have four bookshelves full of books I have yet to read.

Sara Bell said...

Yes, I have far too many books-to-read as well... and yet I still find it nearly impossible not to pick a few up here and there!
I usually end up going to Hastings (not sure if it's a chain outside of Arizona) where they sell new AND used books.
I used to just trade for new books to support the authors but after the economy took a dive they started offering as little as $.50 for even best-selling new releases... so now I buy all used. =[

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Ever since I got my nook, I admit, that I buy far more than I should. It is just dangerously easy to hit submit on titles that look good. But - I also frequent the library several times a week. I just get impatient when they don't have what I am looking for RIGHT NOW! *SIGH* Books are my drug of choice.

Holli said...

Sounds GREAT!

Sara Bell said...

Oh mine too. I think it's actually a real addiction that I CAN'T quit any time I want to.
Do you know how many times a week I tell myself, "I'm not going to buy anymore books until I finish at least ten of the ones already on my shelf."