Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Blackberry Winter Sarah Jio

After having enjoyed Sarah Jio’s The Violets of March: A Novel I was expecting to enjoy Blackberry Winter: A Novel and I did.  

Blackberry Winter is the term used to describe a late cold spell or in this case an unusual snowfall in May.   It is this snow in May that connects two events in Seattle.  

In 1933, when Vera Ray leaves work she finds that a May snow has covered the city of Seattle.  She hurries home to see her small son who she had to leave alone while she works.  She discovers that he is missing and finds his teddy bear, discarded out in the snow. 

In 2010, another May snow covers Seattle.  Claire Aldridge, a reporter is given the assignment on reporting on the unusual snow.  While researching the story, she learns of Vera and her missing son, Daniel.  She decides to find out what happened to Daniel. 

The story has a bit of everything..there is the mystery of Daniel, there is the love story between Vera and Daniel’s father, Charles, there is the love story between Claire and her husband, Ethan.  

I didn’t highlight any passages, this is not a book with necessarily memorable writing, what it is a sweet story, with a sweet happy ending. 

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