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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books (26 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297036
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mix a love story, history, and a mystery and what takes root? "The Violets of March", a novel that reminds us how the past comes back to haunt us, and packs a few great surprises for the reader along the way."
-Jodi Picoult, author of "Sing You Home & House Rules"

"Sarah Jio's "The Violets of March" is a book for anyone who has ever lost love or lost herself."
-Allison Winn Scotch, author of "Time of My Life" and "The One That I Want"

"An enchanting story of love, betrayal, and the discovery of an old diary that mysteriously links the past to the present."
-Beth Hoffman, author of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"

"Sarah Jio delivers a gem of a book, perfect for reading on the beach or under a cozy quilt."
-Sarah Pekkanen, author of "The Opposite of Me" and "Skipping a Beat"

""The Violets of March" is a captivating, bittersweet tale of what happens when the long-buried truth finally makes its way to the surface. I didn't want this book to end!"
-Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott"

"Sarah Jio is one talented writer!"
-Claire Cook, bestselling author of "Must Love Dogs" and "Seven Year Switch"



Praise for Sarah Jio and her novels:
Jio has become one of the most-read women in America. "Woman s World" (on "Morning Glory")
Delightful and uplifting. "Historical Novel Society" (on "Goodnight June")
Linger[s] long after the last page. "Romantic Times" (on "The Last Camellia")
Eminently readable . . . a tribute to family and forgiveness. --"Booklist" (on "Goodnight June")
Terrific compelling an intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance. "Real Simple" (on "Blackberry Winter")
"Mix a love story, history, and a mystery and what takes root? "The Violets of March," a novel that reminds us how the past comes back to haunt us, and packs a few great surprises for the reader along the way."
-Jodi Picoult, author of "Sing You Home & House Rules"
"Sarah Jio's "The Violets of March" is a book for anyone who has ever lost love or lost herself."
-Allison Winn Scotch, author of "Time of My Life" and "The One That I Want"
"An enchanting story of love, betrayal, and the discovery of an old diary that mysteriously links the past to the present."
-Beth Hoffman, author of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
"Sarah Jio delivers a gem of a book, perfect for reading on the beach or under a cozy quilt."
-Sarah Pekkanen, author of "The Opposite of Me" and "Skipping a Beat"
""The Violets of March" is a captivating, bittersweet tale of what happens when the long-buried truth finally makes its way to the surface. I didn't want this book to end!"
-Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott"
"Sarah Jio is one talented writer!"
-Claire Cook, bestselling author of "Must Love Dogs" and "Seven Year Switch"
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About the Author

Sarah Jio is the author of "The Bungalow" and "Blackberry Winter." She is the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com, and her articles have appeared in "O, The Oprah Magazine" and "Real Simple," among other publications. She lives in Seattle with her three young boys and golden retriever.


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After having written for several magazine publications for the past several years, author Sarah Jio decided to take a shot at writing. Her debut is the beautifully-written 'Violets of March' which is a love story, a mystery, and above all else, extremely involving.

'March' is the telling of a story within a story. This type of yarn can be particularly hard to spin because of the detail that goes into both and how you have to keep them separate and, at the same time, weave them together so that they share a common thread. Most importantly of all is that both tales remain interesting.

The first story is set in present day with Emily Wilson, a divorceé who decides to leave her home in New York City for the smaller setting of Bainbridge Island, both to get her personal affairs in order and take a breather, as well as to acquire inspiration for her new novel. She stays with her aunt, who goes by the name of Bee, and meets many interesting people on the island including a long-lost love whom she never thought she'd see again.

One evening while staying with her aunt, Emily finds a diary in a drawer in her room. She isn't sure at first, and neither is the reader, if the story contained within its pages is fact or fiction.

This introduces us to the story within the story, taking place on Bainbridge Island in the 1940s. It is a harrowing story of love which entangles many lives together and tearing others apart. The star of this heart-wrenching tale is a woman named Esther, a woman who is married and has a child yet is in love with another man. To complicate things even further, both Esther and her friend share the same attraction, although this doesn't become apparent to both of them until later.
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By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2015
Format: Paperback
Despite the beautiful cover, this book is yet another one of those… These 200+ pages, which you can easily read in one sitting, which bear signs of mediocrity and features of "classic" female fiction. Somewhat amusing, but shallow.

Poor language and an array of heroes without any inner world (it seems), some of whom are pretty inadequate: madly in love one moment and hating and vengeful the next. And don’t let me start on the plot, where everybody who is anybody goes under a different name (such a poor way to "explain" things in the end). Too many dialogues, the narrative is written as if shot from a gun – lacking any profound descriptions. Despite the book being full of, what looks like, strong and independent women, it would fail miserably the Bechdel test!

But, notwithstanding all my "fuming", "The Violets of March" is an easy read and a great distraction on a journey. I am even thinking of reading another one of Sarah Jio’s novels. Why? Seriously, it's some perverse pleasure issue. I know that it is nonsense, that the love story is average, that the whole book is a bit primitive… But I read on!

The book was published in 2011 (interestingly, no UK edition available?) – why no film yet? I imagine this could work really well with the film. I’d watch it!
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By Vera on 25 Aug. 2013
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I found this tedious and was very disappointed as it had been recommended. The story line was not dealt with with verve.
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the book is in a very poor condition
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This book had a lovely title and cover. I hoped for an unputdownable read. I was wrong. It starts off with a separation - she leaves her marriage and goes across the country to the island. But then the marriage is barely referenced again, until the end. So how can I care what happens when I am given so little information? The story of the past and what she discovers was vaguely readable but then the end was plain ridiculous. The twist to the story relied on the characters all having gone by different names in their later life to the ones they were known by for the bulk of their lives! What a contrived plot, and completely implausible. I won't be reading more of this writer and I'm sorry I bought the book rather than got it from library.
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