I have always admired Sarah Jio. We 'met' a few years back when I started my Love Our Bodies series and she featured me on her Glamour.com column, Vitamin G. Shortly thereafter, she contacted me about doing a review on her debut novel, The Violets of March, to which I basically stumbled over myself when the advance copy came in the mail a few weeks later.
It was so good I read it in a day. I also predicted she'd be famous. With three novels under her belt in just over two years and a fantastic book signing tour ahead, I was totally right.
When I received my advance copy of her latest, novel, Blackberry Winter, I was surprised with a beautiful bookmark tucked inside with a lovely blackberry scone recipe on the back. As my kitchen was filled with the comforting smell of baked goods in the oven, I sat down and began the journey of Claire and Vera, two women who's lives are dramatically changed when freak snow storms occur in Seattle in May. Although the storms happen two hundred years apart, Claire discovers a connection between them she never anticipated.
Sarah wove these two women together so seamlessly and with such an interesting plot, I couldn't put the book down. I read it in four hours. Not only that, but her characters were so visceral, I dreamed about Claire and Vera that night. Talk about a gifted storyteller!
And the scones? Amazing. Moist, light, and easy to make. Also quite photogenic, if I do say so myself.
Thank you, Sarah, for gracing the world with another beautiful story.
Blackberry Winter comes out Tuesday, September 25th.
Get it at your local bookstores before they sell out!
Visit Sarah Jio's website.