A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.
In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.
Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.
The Violets of March was a quick and entertaining read. Anyone who understands my reading preferences, would know that I would enjoy the embedded diary entries within the novel. Reading books which include letters or diary excerpts are included among my favorite things. I especially enjoyed the anonymity of the diary's author - I thought that it was interesting that had to wait to discover who was telling the story.
Emily's interaction with her Aunt Bee was very sweet. Bee provided Emily with a very different relationship than the one that Emily had with her own mother. Yet, despite their closeness, Bee has a secret that placed a strain on their relationship, and on Emily's ability to move on.
I enjoyed the book very much. While the ending was not completely predictable, I did have a sense of where the characters would end up. I wasn't deterred by this and took time to enjoy how the story unfolded. I would recommend this book to lovers of women's fiction. I am looking forward to discussing it with the Manic Mommies Book Club tonight!