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Publisher's Summary

In her 20s, Emily Watson was on top of the world: she had a best-selling 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 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.
A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.
Sarah Jio is the author of The Violets of March, her debut novel. Based in Seattle, she's been the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com and a contributor to major magazines, including Real Simple, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Health, American Baby, and many others.
©2011 Sarah Jio (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Byron on 07-13-13

Romances related in time--

Every one in a while I enjoy a great love story. THE VIOLETS OF MARCH is a wonderful book for exploring love from the present, the past, and also the love of a place. For ten years, Emily Wilson has been living the good life in the big city, as an author with a handsome husband, until that dreaded day when hubby found 'the new love of his life'. An invitation from her great-aunt Bee to visit her old home on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, comes just in time for Emily to get away and hopefully, heal her heart.

Once on the island, and settled into a lovely room in her aunts home, she finds an old diary in her bedside table. As the story progresses, Emily becomes engrossed in Ester's diary from the 1940's. As Ester's love live becomes complicated, Emily finds herself dating two island men, and complicating her own life as well. The story progresses in the first person story of Emily, and diary excerpts within Ester's diary. Strangely enough, Emily begins to find relationships between the people in the diary and those people around her, but she finds herself asking my questions with every answer she finds regarding Ester's life. Her own new relationships are becoming more intense and demanding also.

The transitions and tension in this book is deftly done by Sarah Joi, as I found myself growing closer and closer to both women. The life and people of the Island added a splendid atmosphere to this book. The characters were very real and emotionally compelling. I found this to be a great charming first book by the author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By hampton on 09-09-11

MUST LISTEN!

What made the experience of listening to The Violets of March the most enjoyable?

Wonderful story, engaging characters, you can hear the water rolling on the shore...... Reminiscent of Karen White, this book sucked me in from the begining. Listened to this book in 2 days; just had to know how it all ended! When it was over, I was sad. The sad you feel when all good books end and you wish they could go on..... that you could keep the characters alive with you.

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