The Violets of March

The Violets of March

A Novel

Book - 2011
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In a mystical place where violets bloom out of season and the air is salt drenched, a heartbroken woman stumbles upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c2011.
ISBN: 9780452297036
0452297036
Branch Call Number: FIC/JIO
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 21 cm.

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DreDre
Mar 21, 2015

Emily visits her Aunt Bee in Bainbridge Island, WA to heal from her recent divorce.

When she finds an old diary, she discovers family secrets. This sets her on a journey for answers.

The story holds the readers attention. Add some mystery and romance it's a page-turner from beginning to end.

SpringAltman Jul 30, 2014

Sarah Jio is a wonderful storyteller- weaving together a story of healing, hope and a little mystery too.
Couldn't put this novel down.

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JackieFC13
Jan 15, 2014

I absolutely loved this book! Emily has recently divorced and decides to visit her childhood on a island she spent her summers. She stays with her Aunt Bee to heal. After a few days she finds a diary in her room that leads to a family mystery to be solved. In the myst of the family mystery there is a love that begins that her Aunt Bee doesn't approve but won't say why. This was a perfect cozy read for a summer afternoon. Highly recommend this book to anyone for a great summer read.

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janel831
Jun 05, 2013

This was a wonderful, poignant debut novel. The immersion of the protagonist, Emily, into the mysteries and questions posed by the diary is mesmerizing. The parallel story lines complement each other very well, and hold the reader's attention. The unveiling of long buried family secrets and the revelations that ensue are surprising and delightful.

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maipenrai
May 13, 2013

*** stars A young woman whose husband has left her for another woman returns to Bainbridge Island, Washington to the home of her great aunt to heal. She finds a ? dairy / ? novel about events in the World War II era. Gradually she begins to wonder if the story relates to her own life and long kept family secrets. Ms. Jio keeps you reading to find out what happens and has a talent for interweaving the past and the present. recommend.

jeanner222 Apr 30, 2013

I read this novel in one day, so I must have enjoyed it.

Our story begins with Emily in the present day. Her marriage is over, and she’s looking to get away for a while and heal. And maybe even start writing again. At the invitation of her aunt, Bee, she travels to Bainbridge Island in Washington.

Once she’s on the island, she discovers a diary from 1943. The owner’s name is Esther, and her story of love and loss captivates Emily. When Emily makes connections between the diary and her own life, the intrigue only continues. Who is Esther? Are the other people mentioned still living on the island?

This was easing reading, and I enjoyed the story within the story (Esther’s diary).

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londongirl
Oct 05, 2012

Finding a diary with mysteries of her family's past,kept me reading for hours.
Throw in romance with a tall dark hansome man and I'm there.

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goofy
Sep 13, 2012

Beautiful setting descriptions but I had a really had time imagining the male leads. Not sure why I struggled with this. In anycase, this is a good debut novel. Would read more of this author work.

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 05, 2012

Those who enjoy the works of Rosamunde Pilcher or Nicholas Sparks might enjoy The Violets of March. This first novel by Susan Jio is a romance, mystery and historical novel all rolled into one. Writer Emily goes to Bainbridge Island to stay with her aunt after her husband leaves her for another woman. The discovery of a diary from the 1940s sets Emily on a path to unravel secrets of the past that ultimately concern her. Along the way, a couple of handsome men show interest in our heroine and help her move on from her heartbreaking divorce. Will Emily find the answer to this decades-old mystery? Will she find true love along the way? You’ll have to read The Violets of March to find out. Named a Library Journal Best Book of 2011 in the Women’s Lives category, this one will keep you guessing until the very end!

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karen4191
Jun 04, 2012

I enjoyed the fact that it was set on Bainbridge Island, I lived nearby for many years. The story-line was great. It blurs the Chick-lit/mystery line.

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