Review – The Violets of March

violets of marchThe Violets of March

by Sarah Jio

Embarrassment of Riches Challenge 8/50

A woman goes to heal in her childhood summer vacation spot and finds a diary from the 40’s which has a tremendous effect on the present.

This is a quick little book about healing, redemption, betrayal and kind of how history can repeat itself.  It went so quickly that the story never fully pulled me into its emotional grip, but it was enjoyable and the characters were filled with secrets and major reticence about spilling.  In fact, they are obviously from a different generation, because my generation is all about giving too much information!

This was our bookclub read, and while I am happy we read it because it forced me to read a book from my TBR mountain, I wish it was a bit more developed.  Don’t get me wrong, I think we will have plenty to talk about, but I am just not sure that anyone will be that emotionally invested in the story to either love it or hate it.  However, it has plenty of issues, and characters with problems that we will be able to discuss.  Generational differences, adoption, step-parents, honesty with children, cheating spouses and possible forgiveness etc.  There really is a ton there and Jio has a lovely writing style.  She lays out clues and the reader is able to pick them up so that some parts are totally predictable, while others are a bit of a surprise (at least for me!).  She also laid out a couple of misdirections, so it was fun to figure it out and then be surprised later.  I love that when I feel all smart and think I know what is going to happen, only to have the author bitch slap that cocky grin right off my face.  Good times.

If you want a read that goes over some hard issues, but has resolution and a mystery but doesn’t make you sob like a Jodi Piccoult, this is the book for you.  Actually, I stay away from Miss Piccoult because she does make me sob, so I guess I don’t really know what I want!  I give this book 3.5 purple stars that show up where you least expect.

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I love to read! I always have a book or four going, I have more books in my to-be-read pile than I can read in a year and yet I continue to haunt the bookstores. I have a problem, but I somehow soldier on. I enjoy talking books, so pass on your recommendations and thoughts - I would love to hear them.
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10 Responses to Review – The Violets of March

  1. Cathy i says:

    I think you explained my reaction perfectly. I would have liked a more developed ending. But, worth the read.

  2. jenniferbielman says:

    I love to get emotionally invested in my books. It’s what makes me love to read. So this one sounds like a no-go for me. Love the cover though.

  3. diannegray says:

    It’s sounds like a really interesting concept (I love the ‘someone finds a diary’ type of story) but I’m thinking from your review that it didn’t really get in deep enough to make it a real hit… although, I do like the bitch-slap! 😀

  4. beckyday6 says:

    Awwh it’s a bit of a shame that it wasn’t quite developed enough, it looks like a book with a lot of potential. I have a love/hate relationship with Jodi myself. 😛

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