THE VIOLETS OF MARCH
In her debut, Jio blends a subtle mix of mystery and romance in this endearing tale of past heartbreaks and new beginnings. Using the curious nature of the wood violets, which have bloomed on the island in an off-season to signal promise and redemption, the story’s setting and sentiment are sure to entice readers and keep them captivated page after page.
On Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, author Emily Wilson begins her journey to heal from a past heartache and seek inspiration for her next novel. When she stumbles across a diary from 1943, Emily becomes embroiled in the diarist’s plight and finds strange parallels to her own life’s struggles. As she pieces the details of the diary together, Emily’s life takes on new purpose and meaning, and she finds her new beginning. (PLUME, May, 296 pp., $15.00)