The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Published May 2011
Book: Advance Review Copy from Penguin Group compliments of Goodreads.com
The story of Emily Wilson, a thirty-something author, currently getting divorced, struggling with writer’s block, and a tangle of complicated family issues is detailed in this narrative style novel. The book contains mystery, romance, and intrigue blended together to produce an interesting story that pulls the reader through till the last page.
Emily’s story alternates with the mysterious, Esther, who lived on Bainbridge Island during the 1940’s. Esther’s story is told through the pages of a diary uncovered by Emily during her stay on Bainbridge Island with her eccentric Aunt Bee. The cast of characters in the novel is diverse and intriguing. The majority of the characters are linked in a shadowy manner, gradually disclosed near the end of the story. The setting is well suited to the story and provides an interesting backdrop.
The story’s resolution handles Emily’s current life situation and the mystery of Esther quite well. All the loose ends are wrapped up rather nicely in the end. Emily’s love life seems to have been fast forwarded through the novel and her decisions a bit too hurried for real life. All in all, I really wanted to find out how Emily and Esther resolved matters.
Rated: 3 out of 5