The Violets of March

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I am a big list person.  I love having a list.  When left to my own devices, I flounder around.  So when Jain at Food For Thought posted that she was returning to Food for Thought and that there would be a schedule of books to read, I was all over it!  I love a schedule of books to read. 

I explained to Jain, that I would only be able to participate haphazardly, because even though I love a schedule, I’m terrible at actually following them.  The other thing is, that you are supposed to do a fancy picture review, like this, from Jain.  I’m also not good at that.  So, what you get is a book review and a picture of my violets.  Sorry Jain.

So, back to my book review.  I loved The Violets of March: A Novelby Sarah Jio.  Loved, loved, loved it.  Here is what Amazon said:  In her twenties, Emily Wilson 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. 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.

I loved how charming this book was.  I loved the story that was unfolding in Emily’s life and I loved the story unfolding in the diary.  Yes, some parts of it are a little unbelievable, a little too much coincidence, but that doesn’t bother me, when I am entertained and charmed.

I also enjoyed the writing and marked several passages:

“It’s funny; when I think back to that morning, I can actually smell burned eggs and Tabasco.  Had I known that this is what the end of my marriage would smell like, I would have made pancakes.”

“If summer had a flavor, it was pink bubble gum.”

A sweet, charming book.  4/5
And a picture of my violets.


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  1. says

    Note to self – always make pancakes. No matter the occasion. Just in case. Because, if all else fails…at least you’ll have had pancakes. 😛

  2. says

    I’m liking your reviews, Pam. I downloaded a book entitled The Dressmaker and wondered for a bit if it was the same one you reviewed in the last post, but it’s not. Haven’t started it yet.
    This one sounds good…you seem to have liked it a great deal. I still have a few to read on my Kindle, but will put this on the list.

  3. says

    Gorgeous violets! I loved this book too…I’ve never been one to be bothered by too much coincidence or predictability in a story and I liked the burned eggs quote too :) Thanks for joining in the fun with FFT~ hope you can read along and review with us in the future!

  4. says

    Linking from FFT. A beautiful photo of your violets… no violets at all for me here in Australia, so I had to buy beautifully crafted ones. They took the light just wonderfully the same. I too loved this book, says the romantic. Have a great weekend.Yvette x

  5. says

    so glad you liked the book, such pretty violets~

    hope you are free to join in all year now :)

    added 2 more books for nov, check them out on your kindle, they are cheap, chicken, mules and 2 old fools and the sequel 2 old fools, ole.

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