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The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
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The Violets of March by Sarah Jio is set in contemporary Washington state, on Bainbridge Island. Emily is in the throes of divorce, her formerly "perfect" life in New York City in disarray. A month-long visit to her childhood summer vacation spot, with her beloved great-aunt Bea, provides a well-needed escape. Emily hopes to not only heal emotionally, but also to push past writer's block.

The setting is delightful: Bea's cottage at water's edge is just heavenly. Indeed it's a complete escape from "real life". Emily bumps into her old high school crush at the local market; He's still unattached, and interested in her. Emily meets a local artist, instantly attracted to him as well. Sure cure for heartbreak: date two attractive, interesting and eligible bachelors. Emily strolls along the beach to visit a kindly neighbor, Henry. He's a fascinating man, with a secret from the past.

Emily becomes aware of secrets in her family that she cannot understand, subjects Bea won't discuss. Then Emily finds a diary from 1943 in her bedroom. Reading the diary puts Emily in parallel worlds: in the past, Esther loving but not trusting Elliot, vs. the present, Emily waffling between boyfriends. As the diary unfolds, the two worlds begin to converge.

Only by finishing the diary can Emily accomplish all her goals: learn what happened in her family, use lessons from Esther's story to get her life back on course, and resolve all the long-standing hurt suffered by her old and new friends. A tall order, mostly filled by a romantic surprise ending.

A quick, entertaining read. Suspend credibility, let sentiment sweep you along, enjoy a few tears.
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January 15, 2019 – Started Reading
January 15, 2019 – Shelved
January 16, 2019 – Finished Reading

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