Blackberry Winter

Hey, Folks!
Here’s to a high spirited Halloween! The last three days have been most pleasant, thanks to Sarah Jio’s “Blackberry Winter.” Inspiration for the title comes from a rare Spring phenomenon in which a sudden cold snap brings about a heavy snow storm. This event heightens the drama in both plots that are captured in this novel, one in 1933 and the other in present day. In the here and now we meet Claire, a newspaper reporter covering the aforementioned weather event. Her angle develops when she discovers information about a three year old boy who disappeared under similar climate conditions 79 years earlier. The two stories dovetail nicely, as the main character finds herself obsessed with resolution of the situation of the child and his mother while simultaneously dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident in her own life. Once again, Jio mixes together a seamless blend of history, mystery, and romance, all in equal parts. My rating is an unrestrained five out of five stars. Until we meet again…
Happy Reading,
Carolyn

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