In her 20s, Emily Watson was on top of the world: she had a best-selling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.
Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune.
So when her great-Aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.
A mesmerizing debut with an idyllic setting and intriguing dual story line, The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.
Sarah Jio is the author of The Violets of March, her debut novel. Based in Seattle, she's been the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com and a contributor to major magazines, including Real Simple, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Health, American Baby, and many others.
©2011 Sarah Jio (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
Wonderful story, engaging characters, you can hear the water rolling on the shore...... Reminiscent of Karen White, this book sucked me in from the begining. Listened to this book in 2 days; just had to know how it all ended! When it was over, I was sad. The sad you feel when all good books end and you wish they could go on..... that you could keep the characters alive with you.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
I LOVE a good mystery salted with romance. The Violets of March offers this plus more. It was a really great audio listen about the enduring power of true love. The narrator was awesome. She gave voice to the many characters in the community of Bainbridge Island, Washington. The story is captivating. There is a story within a story with purpose. One story is about Ester and Elliot - they are soul mates, lovers, magnetic. Their story takes place in 1943. The next is about Emily, a recent divorcee, who goes to stay with her Aunt Bee to recharge and recover from her failed marriage. When Emily discovers Ester's diary in her Aunt's home, this is where the fun starts. Emily tries to figure out the secrets surrounding Ester and Elliot's story. There is a lot to enjoy about this book. The setting takes place in Bainbridge Island. After listening to this audio, I want to go there! It sounds pretty spectacular.
Ester and Elliot. Their love is the story of 1st love where everything loves and hurts so much (ok, think i need some john mellencamp background music here).
I got sucked in very quickly. I didn't want this audio to end. I think I will be reading more by Sarah Jio.
I enjoy stories that move between two time periods so this book was interesting for me. A number of times, I thought I had connected a few dots but then something different developed. If you like historic fiction, this is a light listen worth the credit.
Wish I could of been on a beach enjoying this story. This was wonderfully written, wonderfully narrated, a lovely treat for a long summer day or a cozy winter day. This will be one of my fav's for a long time.
Very good..liked the story and the narrator did a excellent job
Kate Morton books.. Forgotten Garden
Do you know how when you start an audiobook,you get caught by the sound of the voice ? That happened to me with this book. The beautiful clear voice of Lyssa Browne, like honey, describing images and situations and emotions so well that i just had to go along.
The story is a love story where the heroine weaves her own love story with and in between the threads of her family history, uncovering old and shady secrets and at the same time unveiling her own feelings,reconciling herself with them,seeking as we all do true love.
An interesting enough story of past mysteries with a touch of destiny fulfillment, with soft edges and the perfect voice to match it.
Really lame. Couldn't be bothered even finishing this one. The narrator's performance was good but the story and the characters lacked substance.
This would have been a great book if it had been written by someone else. The idea behind the thing is a good one, really intriguing. The prose is very labored. It comes across as trite. I found myself cringing often. Save your credits.
After the first hour I was a bit unsure about this one, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It's a little far-fetched and predictable-like the author tried to pack every idea she ever had into this one novel.
That being said, after listening to just about the 1/2 way mark I was hooked on the love story between Elliott and Esther. I could take or leave the other sub stories happening concurrently-but this was a heartwarming tale of everlasting love that I did enjoy.
Lyssa Browne did a great job with the narration.
Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.
Felt this book was dull and just a piece of fluff but it did hold my attention enough to finish it. Its perfect quick read/listen for a weekend at the pool type book. Lyssa Browne did do a good job with the narration.
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