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Violets of March by Sarah Jio

May 9, 2011 - Amy Phelps
An old diary awakens a woman's strength of herself and an old family mystery in Sarah Jio's "The Violets of March."

After her husband cheated and left her for another woman, Emily is struggling with life post-divorce. She is a writer who cannot write. A friend suggests a vacation, and she decides to spend a month with her great-aunt on Bainbridge Island where she spent childhood summers.

Living with her great-aunt Bee and getting reacquainted with island (including an old boyfriend) Emily begins to feel herself awaken again, especially when handsome neighbor Jack starts coming around. But when she stumbles upon an old diary from the 1940s written by the mysterious Esther. When Emily tries to question Bee, she is evasive. Who is Esther? As Emily reads the diary and is drawn into the story of a woman who never got over her first love, even though they both went on to marry other people, she wonders who Esther could be. And when she begins to do more digging, she is surprised at what she finds.

A story of romance, second chances and rediscovering yourself with a bit of a mystery thrown in, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers and is a perfect beach read.

"The Violets of March" is published by Plume. It is $15 and 293 pages long.


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