- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 25, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009GBWQZQ
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During Claire's research of the storm of '33, she finds a newspaper article about Vera and her three year old son who went missing. Vera was a young maid at a high end hotel and had left her son home alone at night while she worked. Authorities believed her three year old, Daniel, ran away during the snowstorm. Claire doesn't believe it for a minute and wonders what happened to Daniel? Were mother and son ever reunited?
Claire's own life is in shambles, but this story seems to ignite a fire in her she thought was gone. Can she solve the mystery? Can there be a happily ever after? Can Claire find her way again?
Once again Sarah Jio proves she has the amazing ability to transport her readers into not one, but two stories in two different times.
I fell in love with poor Vera. A young mother alone in the world struggling to make ends meet. As I read along, I was cheering Claire on wanting her to hurry and solve the mystery of Daniel. I wanted a happy reunion! It wasn't just me who wanted the mystery solved, but it was as if Mother Nature herself was demanding resolution with the return of the Blackberry Winter.
Claire too has suffered a devastating loss. Her marriage is on the brink. For the first time in a long while, Emily begins to come alive but it just might be too late for her old life.
If you read Sarah's first book The Violets of March, you'll be as thrilled as I was to learn Emily and Jackson make an appearance in Blackberry Winter.
While reading, I had numerous "goosebump" moments! Love those.Read more ›
Back in 1933, single mom Vera Ray experiences many of the same insecurities in her personal relationships as Claire. Rearing a three-year-old boy during the Great Depression is harrowing, especially having to leave him alone while working the nightshift at a grand hotel. One evening in May, an unforeseen late-season snow storm blankets the city. Upon Vera's return from work, she discovers her son Daniel is missing.
May 2011, an unseasonal winter storm hits Seattle and Claire has been assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" phenomenon. Thankful for the diversion from her personal woes, Claire jumps in focusing her energy on this amazing topic. While researching the piece, the story of Daniel Ray's unsolved abduction comes across Claire's desk. Feeling a mysterious connection to Vera Ray, she vows to find the truth behind baby Daniel's disappearance.
Blackberry Winter is the third novel by the superbly talented writer Sarah Jio. Her gift of adeptly connecting the past with the present to create such a poignant story sets her apart as a truly noteworthy author. By sharing her own personal story in the Author's Notes, divulging to her readers the meaning of "Blackberry Winter," she forges an everlasting bond between her tale and this uncommon weather event. Just like the rarity of a spring snow storm, a novel such as this only comes along once in a lifetime.
I really thought tying a current early May storm in Seattle to a storm almost 100 years ago to the day was a very interesting plot. But then the coincidences start and the contrived events, misunderstandings, characters who are adults but act more like teens, etc. Don't these people ever TALK to one another? I know the main couple had a tragedy, but a year later they still don't, won't talk about it.
Couldn't recommend this. I took it with me on a trip and was glad I had other books with me, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good mystery that keeps you turning pages. I like how it goes back and forth between eras. Good exercise for the brain.Published 13 days ago by Jeanne
Good story, but a little hard to follow at first. It. skipped around to much.Published 2 months ago by bernadine watson
Any mother who has a son will love this heartfelt read. The bond is so strong and though sad, the love story is pure making it hard to put the book down. Loved it!Published 2 months ago by Darcy Snelling
I really enjoyed Blackberry Winter. It was highly recommended by a friend and she was right!!Published 5 months ago by Martha Fox
My first Sarah Jio book was March of the Violets, which brought me to this book. I really enjoyed the story and couldn't put the book down at times.Published 6 months ago by Lukas Saunders
This book was an amazing book! The kind of book you don't want to put down! 5 stars for sure!Published 6 months ago by MMA2
A cute mystery through time that ties together unlikely characters.Published 6 months ago by K. Evans
Claire is a reporter for a family owned newspaper in Seattle. She has suffered a tragedy and is just getting back on her feet, but is struggling with her relationship with her... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michelle Boytim