What Blackberry Winter is about:
Seattle, 1933. Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night-shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning—even though it’s the second of May—a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow.
Seattle, present day. On the second of May, Seattle Times reporter, Claire Aldridge, awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this “blackberry winter” and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth—only to discover that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways.
Recommend? Absolutely. If you haven't read any of Sarah's books, I highly recommend starting with Violets of March. This was the book that made me fall in love with Sarah's writing.
Source: Review copy was possible because of the generosity of Sarah Jio and her publisher.
Review Book #35
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Glad you like this one Staci. It seems like one I would enjoy as well. Maybe I'll get the audio from the library.ReplyDelete
I have heard good things about this one before. Thank you for sharing about it ;)ReplyDelete
Adding to my list!!! Sounds GOOD!!!!ReplyDelete
I'd like to read this book and the previous, Violets of March. Thanks for the suggestions.ReplyDelete
Well now I truly am the last person in the universe who hasn't read this! :--) But maybe I will start with Violets of March - thanks for the recommendation!ReplyDelete
Violets of March is on my wish list. Glad to know you recommend it. I had never heard of Blackberry winter until a few years ago when we went up to the mountains in GA. At the hotel where we stayed, the clerk said they were having a blackberry winter and I didn't know what he was talking about until he explained. It was in May too. I thought maybe it was just a southern expression. I guess not.ReplyDelete
I'm really looking forward to reading this one. It's on my shelf but I want to read The Bungalow first.ReplyDelete
I've been wanting to read Jio's books forever! I must get to it soon.ReplyDelete
I have this on my reading list for January. Sounds fantastic!ReplyDelete
This was my first experience with Jio's work and I thought it was fabulous as well.ReplyDelete
I like your description about how reading a Jio book is like visiting a beloved family member for a few hours. I totally agree! I love the warmth, the coziness, and the feeling that I am right there with the characters.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you loved this book; so did I!
Jio is a really good storyteller and I like "her" in general. She is always so supportive of bloggers and truly enjoys her reading fans.ReplyDelete
I really should try one of her booksReplyDelete
I have this book still in my library loot pile. Since it's set in Seattle, I know I'll love it.ReplyDelete
Love all her books! I hope you get a chance to visit Seattle, it is awesome.ReplyDelete
I haven't read Sarah Jio's books yet, but will take your advice and start with Violets of March!ReplyDelete
I love this cover so much!ReplyDelete
Sounds like another good read! That cover is gorgeousReplyDelete
I've heard great things about this book and her writing. Very cool that you liked it so much!ReplyDelete
I keep saying to myself that I'm going to try this author sooner rather than later. I keep seeing the best reviews for her books. I'm adding this one to my TBR list for sure!!ReplyDelete
I haven't posted my review of Blackberry Winter yet, but I LOVED it as well :) It was my first Sarah Jio, but it won't be my last :)ReplyDelete
So glad you liked this one! I was supposed to get a review copy but it never came. :( Since I really enjoyed her first 2, I'll probably end up buying this one at some point.ReplyDelete
I've only read The Bungalow, but thought it was very good! I look forward to reading her other two.ReplyDelete
I just finished my first novel by this author - The Bungalow - and loved it! Can't wait to read her others!ReplyDelete
I fell in love with Sarah Jio's writing after reading The Bungalow and can't wait to read Blackberry Winter & Violets of March. Next year is for MY reads :)ReplyDelete
I clearly need to read something by this author!ReplyDelete