The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

The Violets of March by Sarah JioBlurb

In a mystical place where violets bloom out of season and the air is salt drenched, a heartbroken woman stumbles upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.

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.

Nearly a decade 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.

My Perspective

This is the seventh book I read from my post Credit Where Credit’s Due. I read about The Violets of March by Sarah Jio from Gina at GG’s World. You can read her thoughts on the book here.

The Violets of March is about Emily, a successful New York author who has been suffering from writer’s block for a number of years and is currently going through a divorce. Taking a break from life, she visits her Aunt Bee on Bainbridge Island, where growing up she spent her summers. However once there, hidden family secrets start to come to the surface and Emily starts to learn who her family really are.

I’m in two minds about this book. I really enjoyed the mystery and the family history. I felt the romance was actually quite tacky and unbelievable.

The story flowed well and the actual writing of the book was sound. It was a great premise and the two stories, Emily and Esther’s, interwoven throughout was really well done. You were constantly kept on your toes and the author did a good job in keeping you guessing – not until the very end though. I had an ‘AHA’ moment and realised I’d been barking up the wrong tree however I quickly figured it out and that was only two thirds to three quarters through the book so I read the rest without anymore mystery. There was a twist at the end however I suspected it due to the nature of the novel, and I was actually slightly disappointed in its predictability in that sense.

The characters were all likeable however I found them all a bit unrealistic and so I was unable to actually connect with them. And they were all so predictable.

I don’t want to give a spoiler so I won’t expand too much on my thoughts to do with the romance however if you read it you might understand what I mean. It’s not that Emily started dating straight away after her divorce or any of that…it was more just how it eventuated. Like I said, tacky and unbelievable.

Overall I did enjoy reading the story and I wanted to keep reading due to the mystery however I felt that the romance side of it really let it down. I would probably recommend it however not for the romance (unless that’s what you like!).


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