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Teaser Synopsis: (click here for longer synopsis)A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.
"What is it, sweetie?" she said.
"Well," I whispered, 'today I found a red velvet journal, a diary, in the bedside table in the room where I'm staying. It's really old-dated 1943, I think. I couldn't resist reading the first page, and I was fascinated."
Reaction after finishing this book: That last sentence sums up my reading experience perfectly. I couldn't resist reading the first page, and after that I was truly fascinated. When I finished the final page, I sat there for a few moments to just soak in everything that I had read and said out loud, "I loved this book! I thought this author did such an excellent job with weaving the past into the present day and really keeping me on the edge of my seat as to how the story in the diary would end. But most importantly, I felt this urgent NEED to know how the events from 1943 would impact Emily's life. Jio really made Bainbridge Island vivid in my imagination and after finishing the story I know this is one place that is now on my map to visit. The characters seem like friends and I believed in their stories and to me that's what it takes to make a great book!
Recommend? Oh yes...this is one not to be missed. Every family has deep hidden secrets and I would love to find a diary of a past relative. A diary where nothing is left out so that you could really understand and connect with that person. The use of the diary was magnificent and is the catalyst behind Emily's journey to a more satisfying and meaningful life.
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Source: review copy from author/Penguin(Plume)
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published: May, 2011
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Disclaimer:Thank you to Sarah Jio and Penguin (Plume) for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.
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