May 10, 2011

The Violets of March

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

My rating: 4 stars

From the back cover: 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. Nearly a decade 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.

I was excited about this book. I feel like I know the author a little bit, but I was also nervous! I kept thinking, I really like Sarah's writing style, but what if for some reason I don't like her book? I really want to like it!

I had nothing to worry about. I'd laughed twice before I hit page five, and Emily's character was so likeable, I felt comfortable with her from the start. I was able to get attached enough to her character that I got frustrated with her, and that's the sign of good writing.

As much as I liked her, Emily also drove me nuts. She was able to accept the slower paced attitude in some aspects of the story, but not in others. I don't want to be too specific here because I don't want to give anything away, but there are a lot of secrets that unfold in the story and where she was patient I would have been yelling, "just tell me what's going on!"

The novel has a quiet force that pulls you in and gently folds you into the story, keeping you there. It's subtle - I didn't notice it at first, but after awhile the mister asked me why I seemed sad. When I replied, "I just want to be reading," I realized it was because I missed the story!


I finished the book more than a week ago and I have yet to put it on my bookshelf. That would mean I'm finished with it, and I'm not yet. I might re-read it, but more likely I'll just let myself keep drifting back to the story. It's still pulling me in. (Oh, and I really want to visit Bainbridge Island now).

What do you think? Have you read this book? Have you ever had a story that you keep thinking about days later?

(Photo: this is glamorous)

5 comments:

Lucy The Valiant said...

Sweet! Now I have another book on my To Read list! I'm working on a nice long list for the upcoming summer.

Mandy said...

Sounds like a book that I needs to be added to my to be read section. I love a great story like this.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I REALLY want to read this book!! Hopefully I will soon.

And Bainbridge Island is close to me so obviously you SHOULD visit :D

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

This sounds like a great book. I don't know if I've ever read a book by someone I know, I would think that would add more "pressure" to it!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I raelly want to read it. When i finish the book club book & the other book I was reading before starting the book club book, I will try to read this one!!

The last book that really sucked me in was Love Walked In!

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