The Violets of March

Sarah Jio. Plume, $15 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-452-29703-6
Jio debuts with a pleasant if familiar story of a woman rebuilding after romantic and professional setbacks. A few years ago, Emily Wilson was a bestselling writer married to a loving and handsome man. Now her husband has ditched her and she's unable to string four words together. Looking for rejuvenation and inspiration, Emily leaves New York City for a month at her great-aunt Bee's Bainbridge Island home, but soon after she arrives, she discovers a mysterious diary from 1943 and becomes fascinated by the love story captured by the unknown diarist. Emily's attempts to ferret out the story behind the diary bring her into contact with the island's mildly colorful locals; as Emily enjoys a simmering romance with an artist, answers prove hard to come by, and even Bee is reluctant to share the truth. Though simple miscommunication and misunderstandings play lamentably important roles later on and the supporting cast is fairly vanilla, readers looking for an easy-to-digest story of starting over will enjoy the ever-determined Emily and the lovely setting. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
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