Friday, December 16, 2011


1. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
2. The Orphan Sister by Gwendolen Gross
3. Little Black Dress by Susan McBride
4. The First Husband by Laura Dave
5. With Just One Click by Amanda Strong

I highly recommend all of these books!

How the giveaway works. You will be able to enter for your chance to win a copy of this week's book plus by entering you are also entered into the grand prize giveaway for all five books. For every week you comment you get an additional entry for the grand prize giveaway. So if you comment on all five books, you get your name listed five times into the drawing for the grand prize. Good-luck! 

So what is book #1???

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

I am an avid reader. I love to read. I love to read all sorts of genres. I have been asked over the years, “what is your favorite book,” well I don’t have one. There are just too many good ones out there. But from now on I have an answer. I will from now on answer, “The Violets of March by Sarah Jio.”
Emily Wilson had it all. Married to a GQ handsome hubby, bestselling author her life was picture perfect. Suddenly, it was all over. Her husband leaves her for another woman and her best-seller writing career is going know where because she has writers block. Where can she go? She decides to go back to one of her favorite places in the world, Bainbridge Island, where she spent her summers growing up visiting her Aunt Bee.
There to deal with the loss of her marriage and hopefully to find some inspiration for a new book, what she finds instead is an Island full of secrets and two love interests. Love interest number one is Greg, an old high school boyfriend and the other good looking local artist, Jack. While figuring out her own love life, she stumbles onto an old diary dated from 1943. As Emily begins reading the story of diary, she finds her own life to have parallels to the author, Ester’s, life. Emily begins to realize the sort of love she wants and deserves. Feeling so close to Ester, she realizes she must solve the mystery, but the more Emily learns the more questions arise.
I have a very messy house right now, because I could hardly put this book down. I read it in one day and that is not an easy feat in my home. When I read the journal entries (which are more of a story within a story) I felt transported to another era. I was completely engaged in the story and lost track of time. The descriptions are very well written. I could smell the salty air and I could feel Emily’s frustration. The entire time I was trying to figure out the puzzle of the story and I could not figure it out. I wanted the mystery solved, but at the same time I didn’t want the story to end.
This book has goosebump moments and brought me to tears! I LOVED this book! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading!
This is Jio’s debut novel. I cannot wait to see what she writes next. And this is a book I will read again and I almost never do that!

I absolutely recommend The Violets of March! Make sure to comment below with your email address for your chance to win a copy of Sarah's book. The Holiday Countdown Giveaway is for US residents only. Sorry!

****This giveaway will close on December 21 midnight EST. I will announce the winner and notify them by email. You will only have 48 hours to claim your prize. By commenting below you will also be entered for your chance to win all 5 books in the Holiday Countdown Giveaway.****



  1. I've heard such great things about this book - I can't wait to read it!

    jordanweber at live dot com

  2. I hadn't heard of this one before but I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I've had my eye on this book for months now -- would love to have a copy! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  4. I totally agree!!!!! I LOVE The Violets of March! I love your top 5 books.

  5. Whoops - forgot my email!


  6. I would love to read this book !
    GFC/network follower :D
    Kara D.

  7. This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  8. Wow! With a great review and recommendation like that - how can I NOT read this?

    Thanks for the opportunity to win it. :)

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  9. This sounds like a great book - - and a beautiful cover! Thanks for the opportunity.

    ~ Lori

  10. Geez, I've been wanting to read this book for a while now....

  11. I recently read an interview on Sarah Jio's website where her agent, Elizabeth Weed says she she initially rejected Sarah and "The Violets of March." It's a pretty amazing story now considering the success of the novel. I haven't read it, but I am looking forward to. writeoncindy(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. I've had my eye on this book for a while. I'd love to win it.

    patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

  13. Definitely sounds like a good read, although it saddens me my public library doesn't have a copy.

    I would love to win it:

  14. This giveaway is now closed. I will be notifying the winner. Everyone who entered has been entered into the grand giveaway of all five books I will chose a winner for it tomorrow. Good-luck!

  15. I just finished this book, it's definitely a top 5 favorite for me as well! The story line may have been used before, but she wrote it so well it had me sucked in and I couldn't put it down until i was done! I need a new book to read, so will browse around your site for recommendations!

  16. The Violets of March is the type of book that had me at hello. Truly, I was about twenty pages in when I realized how much I enjoyed Emily and I gobbled up her story as quickly as I possibly could. There are so many things to love about this novel that I don't know where to start!


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