"[F]eed the kids before
you settle in with journalist Sarah Jio's engrossing first novel, The Violets of March
. This mystery-slash-love-story will have you racing to the end--cries of 'Mom, I'm hungry!' be damned."
"[A] rich blend of history, mystery, and romance... Fans of Sarah Blake's The Postmistress
should enjoy this story."
"Mystery meets romance in this absorbing debut novel. ... Readers will be enthralled from the start of the dual story lines, all the way through to the satisfying conclusion." --Woman's Day
"Using the curious nature of wood violets, which have bloomed on the island in an off-season to signal promise and redemption, the story's setting and sentiment are sure to entice readers and keep them captivated page after page."
"[T]his book will become a source of healing and comfort for its readers."
"In a sweet debut novel, a divorcee visiting her aunt on gorgeous Bainbridge Island, Washington, finds a diary dating to 1943 that reveals potentially life-changing secrets."
--Coastal Living 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