I hope that this entry finds you all well. As I write this, it is a little after one AM. Despite the late hour, I can’t wait another minute to tell you about the outstanding book I just finished, “The Violets of March,” by local author Sarah Jio.
This novel has all the elements I expect from a compelling story. Frustrated best-selling writer Emily Wilson decides to escape from her painfully fresh divorce by vacationing at the home of her favorite aunt, Bee, a woman she hasn’t seen since childhood. While putting away her watch in a nightstand in the bedroom she is staying in, she discovers a long lost diary from 1943. As she slowly begins to heal and explore new relationships, the book draws her in. Emily must resolve the questions the journal brings up, as it unearths long buried family secrets. Ms. Jio skillfully intertwines history, mystery, forbidden love, and a modern romance in a way that I won’t soon forget. My rating is an enthusiastic five out of stars, despite suggestive, but not overly explicit, love scenes. I wholeheartedly anticipate enjoying this author’s next tale! Until we me meet again…