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.