Sarah Jio
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Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio is the #1 international, New York Times bestselling author of ALWAYS, in addition to THE VIOLETS OF MARCH (a Library Journal Best Book of 2011 and a USA Today bestseller), THE BUNGALOW, BLACKBERRY WINTER (an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller, as well as an international bestseller), THE LAST CAMELLIA (a Kirkus Books Most Anticipated Book of 2012), MORNING GLORY, and GOODNIGHT JUNE (to be published in June 2014). To date, Sarah's novels are published in more than 30 countries, including Italy, France, Brazil, Turkey, Slovenia, Russia, China, Norway, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, and many others.

A magazine writer and the former founding health and fitness blogger for Glamour magazine, Sarah has contributed to The New York Times, Redbook, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Glamour, SELF, Real Simple, Fitness, Marie Claire, Hallmark magazine, Seventeen, BRIDES, Health, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The Seattle Times, Parents, Woman's Day, Parenting, and many others. She has also appeared as a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition.

Sarah lives in Seattle and is the mother of three young sons.

The slightly more informal bio:

1978-1983: The blissful childhood years. Pigtails. French braids. Bunny rabbits. Warm, chocolate chip cookies. Blackberry picking. Saltwater sandals. Magical Christmases. Trips to Disneyland. Dress up. Swingsets. Bossing around younger siblings. Slip 'n Slides and kiddie pools. Shenanigans.

1983-1988: The jelly bracelet and Keds years. Wrote first book, titled "A Tug Boat's Dream." Leggings with long sweaters and belts. Hypercolor T-shirts. Pink boom boxes. Monarch butterflies. Norwegian dancing. Sleepovers. Cabbage Patch dolls. Lisa Frank stickers. Rollerskating at the rink. Little House on the Prairie. Experimental hairstyles, including feathered bangs and the poodle perm. Best friend moves away. Wishing on stars. First crushes. All details recorded in diary, read by little brother.

1988-1993: The hair-flipping years. Boys. Gap sale rack. Junior high angst. Rollerblading. Tennis. More bad hair. Survive California earthquake. Find a message in a bottle. Ate a lot of fettuccine alfredo. Move into new house. Babysitters Club. Italian sodas at the mall.

1993-1996: The band groupie years. Mohawked boyfriend. Broken heart. Cut hair to a short pixie and dye platinum blond. Church camps. Boys. Private school. Grounded. Tennis. Mexico. Debate team. Green 1969 Volkswagen Beetle. Grounded. Nancy Drew. Safeway. Banana Boat suntan lotion. Starbucks. Daydreaming.

1996-2000: The college years. Journalism. Character-building. Deadlines. Expeditions to Canada. Three part-time jobs. Date football player, Calvin Klein underwear model. Summers in Alaska. First apartment in Seattle. IKEA. Stan Getz. Soul searching.

2000-2005: The busy years. Get married (finish a magazine deadline the night before wedding). Honeymoon in Tahiti. Buy house. Remodel house. Become fanatical about gardening. Become doggie mama to Paisley the golden retriever who digs up prized garden. Go to a cooking class in Provence and spend two nights solo in Paris. Write a zillion magazine articles. Open a bottle of champagne when I see my name in O, The Oprah Magazine. Write first book. Do not sell first book (blessing in disguise). Beloved grandfather dies. Baby fever. Nesting.

2005-and beyond: The babies and books years. Buy another house. Remodel kitchen. Wash dishes in bathtub. Became a regular contributor to Glamour. First baby born. Colic. No sleep. Crying. Organic baby food. Balance. Magazines deadlines. Second baby arrives. Write new novel. Beloved grandma dies. Sign with literary agent. Sell novel at auction in U.S., and later in 14 countries. Sell second novel. Third baby arrives. Level of chaos in home explodes. Sign with film agent. Interview Gwyneth Paltrow (on the phone, while nursing a baby), Maya Angelou, and others. Sell third and fourth novels. Go on book tour. With a baby. Three boys under the age of six. Drink a lot of coffee, and sometimes wine. Buy new house. Dream of huge refrigerator and office with doors that lock. Write fifth novel, sixth and seventh. Take boys to Disneyland. Long runs. Big dreams. Health. New chapters. Grateful.

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Best Sellers

    • Always

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 226
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 210

    Enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle's chicest restaurants, Kailey Crain can't believe her good fortune....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nice book - fairly predictable

    • By Glenda on 03-12-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Blackberry Winter

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Tara Sands
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 209
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 213

    Seattle, 1933: Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good story buried under turgid narration

    • By Anne on 07-11-13

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Violets of March

    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 259
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 220

    In her twenties, Emily Watson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Romances related in time--

    • By Byron on 07-13-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Grand Central

    • Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion
    • By: Melanie Benjamin, Jenna Blum, Sarah Jio, and others
    • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Ten best-selling authors inspired by this iconic landmark have created their own stories, set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful tapestry

    • By Daryl on 07-24-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Goodnight June

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    The New York Times best-selling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sweet Story!!

    • By Trish on 07-13-14

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Morning Glory

    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 54

    In a Seattle houseboat community, the artistic spirit that has flourished since the 1950s may have ended one life, yet saved another....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Robotic Narration

    • By John T Rhoadarmer on 12-02-13

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Bungalow

    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Gin Hammond
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    In the summer of 1942, 21 year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora Bora.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I really enjoyed this story.

    • By Mary on 07-30-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Last Camellia

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Addictive

    • By Kim Barker on 06-11-13

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Look of Love

    • A Novel
    • By: Sarah Jio
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to literally see true love....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Whimsical Love Story

    • By Becky on 08-16-18

    Regular price: $24.47

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