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Preview — The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
The Violets of March
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.
Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the ...more
Second, there were too many characters whose names begin with the letter E. Emily and Evelyn are alive. Elliot and Esther are in the diary Emily finds. And at least one of these people is still al ...more
I am an avid reader. I love to read. I love to read all sorts of genres. I have been asked over the years, “what is your favorite book,” well I don’t have one. There are just too many good ones out there. But from now on I have an answer. I will from now on answer, “The Violets of March by Sarah Jio.”
Emily Wilson had it all. Married to a GQ handsome hubby, bestselling author her life was picture perfect. Suddenly, it was all over. Her husband leaves her for anoth ...more
I am 96% finished with this book (per the Kindle app) and I'm not sureif I can finish. I started skimming the review just below this and absolutely agree with the forst paragraph about jumping into dating. ALL of the characters were so superficial- I never cared for any of them. A HUGE pet peeve of mine is when people fall in love, or find someone amazing, and I don't know why. The writing just felt so rushed and insincere! I never once felt the connection between any of the 'lovers'. We ...more
It was neatly plotted, with all the loose ends tied up at the end, and the atmosphere of the island was very well drawn.
The book suffered from a flaw that bothers me in a lot of women's literature, though: the main character is essentially passive. Things just happen to her. She's got writer's block, here h ...more
That's exactly what this book is like.
It's not good.
No. It's not.
It's badly written chick lit and the main character is a hopeless idiot. But I ...more
What she finds there is a hidden red velvet journal that reveals dark family secrets that have been buried for decades, and will change Emily's life as she knows it. Sound dramatic? This book had huge potential, but never seemed to p ...more
The main plot is s ...more
For a novel based on the beautiful Bainbridge Island and Puget Sound, this one is remarkably devoid of description. What that resulted in for me is basically a very flat novel; merely words on a page. I wasn't shown very much of where things were happening, neither was I really engaged with any of the characters. None of them showed very much emotion throughout the story, including around the time of the funeral. As for the secret which Emily was seeking the answer to: honestly, it was all rathe ...more
The story's main character Emily Wilson is trying to survive a broken heart as her husband has just left her for another woman. Trying to pick up the pieces of her life and feeling altogether lost, she decides to spend a month visiting her great-aunt...more
While it took me a little longer than usual to really get into the book, once I did, I read the entire novel in a few hours, hungrily. The story beautifully captures the power that love has to transcend time, war, and generations. The dual plot lines work wonderfully, masterfully weaving the past with Emily’s own quest for self. Jio’s w ...more
----My Full Review----
I heard about this book from a Glamour writer, who wrote it. Intrigued if it was good, I got a sample of it for my Kindle. I tore through the first two chapters on it. I went a ...more
Shortly following her divorce and less than graceful fall from prior bestselling novelist glory, Emily Wilson retreats to her great-aunt Bee's home on Bainbridge Island. As she settles in for her first night's stay, she discovers a red velvet journal hidden in her nightstand. Intrigued, she begins to read. However, the names remain a complete mystery to her and she finds h ...more
The plot however i ...more
I happen to love the delicate but hardy little violet flower with it's sweet, fleeting scent and some day I'd love to visit the beautiful Bainbridge Island. For now, I'm happy I pulled ...more
Emily Wilson thought she had it all. A blockbuster career as a writer, a handsome, successful husband, a life plucked from the pages of a fairy tale. But, ten years later, Emily is reeling from the fallout of divorce and perpetual writers’ block. So, when her aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March with her on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily quickly accepts on the notion ...more
As I sit here, ready to pen my review of this book, I must confess I’m just not sure my writing has what it takes to do this book justice. The Violets of March is a captivating and soulful read, I did not want to put it down. Many daily tasks were neglected while I read this novel. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. It’s as if a constant pull beckoned me back to the book, which didn’t disappoint me!
The story itsel ...more
It has been too muggy to sit outside and read in the evening and listening to the hum of the air conditioner just doesn’t cut it. But now that we are having a brief cool down, I’m getting out at much as possible.
This was a fantastic book. I loved, loved, loved the story within a story wi ...more
Okay, that was mean. I'll be nice.
This story just wasn’t for me, not everything is. I don’t like super predictable characters that lack depth. This story was trite and I didn't care about it.