Friday, November 7, 2014
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Emily has just been through a divorce. Her husband cheated and moved in with another woman. Emily is devastated. She thinks about her life before she met Joel. She misses her Aunt Bee who lives on Bainbridge Island. She calls Aunt Bee. Bee tells her to come and stay for a month and recuperate.
Emily cannot believe that she has been away from the island for ten years. She loves it there.
She gets asked on two dates by two different men on her second day. Greg is an old boyfriend and Jake is new to the island.
Emily finds a journal written in the 1940's by a woman named Esther. Who is she? Emily learns of Esther's love for a man named Elliot. But she ended up married to Bobby and had a little girl with him. Elliot came home from WWII and he and Esther made love. She got pregnant - she managed to keep it a secret. But a neighbor, Janice, told Bobby. He kicked Esther out. She wasn't seen again.
Emily knows that her aunt knows who Esther is but won't tell her. Will she find out the truth? Will Emily find love again?
I loved this book. When Emily was reading the journal, you really felt what Esther was going through. Then when you found out the truth, you could see how is affected everyone and how it changed them.
From the author:
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.
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