Violets of March
By Sarah Jio
Plume, 2011. 296 pgs. Fiction
Ten years ago, Emily seemed to have it all, a best selling book, an idyllic marriage, and a very bright future. Now, that bright future has dimmed as her marriage crumbles and her ability to write has all but disappeared. Eager to escape and trying to start anew, Emily accepts an invitation from her great-aunt Bee to visit her for a month on Bainbridge Island. Soon after arriving in Washington, Emily discovers a tattered diary and a host of family secrets. Her mission to discover the diarist’s name and fate may possibly lead her to her own.
Long hidden family secrets is a popular plot device. The Violets of March certainly isn’t the best in the genre, but it’s not the worst either. Emily’s discoveries were not necessarily predictable, instead they were almost unbelievable, which I tend to regard as worse. Readers not expecting too much may consider it an entertaining diversion. Possibly my expectations were a little too high.