Tuesday, September 18, 2012

BLACKBERRY WINTER by Sarah Jio + Giveaway

A crazy snowstorm blankets Seattle in May, but it’s not the first time. A fluke snowstorm fell in May of 1933 too and the editor of The Herald wants Claire Aldridge to write a feature article about the May storms—about Blackberry Winter.

During Claire’s research of the storm of ’33, she finds a newspaper article about Vera and her three year old son who went missing. Vera was a young maid at a high end hotel and had left her son home alone at night while she worked. Authorities believed her three year old, Daniel, ran away during the snowstorm. Claire doesn’t believe it for a minute and wonders what happened to Daniel? Were mother and son ever reunited?

Claire’s own life is in shambles, but this story seems to ignite a fire in her she thought was gone. Can she solve the mystery? Can there be a happily ever after? Can Claire find her way again?
Once again Sarah Jio proves she has the amazing ability to transport her readers into not one, but two stories in two different times.

I fell in love with poor Vera. A young mother alone in the world struggling to make ends meet. As I read along, I was cheering Claire on wanting her to hurry and solve the mystery of Daniel. I wanted a happy reunion! It wasn’t just me who wanted the mystery solved, but it was as if Mother Nature herself was demanding resolution with the return of the Blackberry Winter.

Claire too has suffered a devastating loss. Her marriage is on the brink. For the first time in a long while, Emily begins to come alive but it just might be too late for her old life.
If you read Sarah’s first book The Violets of March, you’ll be as thrilled as I was to learn Emily and Jackson make an appearance in Blackberry Winter.

While reading, I had numerous “goosebump” moments! Love those. By the end of Blackberry Winter I wasn’t crying…I was sobbing. I was truly touched. Not only is Blackberry Winter my new favorite book by Sarah Jio, it’s my new all time favorite book. I love how I felt so connected to these characters. I really can’t imagine someone not loving this book. I wish I didn’t have so many other books to read, because I want to sit down and read it again.

Due out September 25, but don't let that stop you order your copy today!

If you have a US address (no PO Boxes) you can sign-up for a chance to win a copy of Blackberry Winter!

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*FTC Disclosure: I was given a copy of Blackberry Winter from Penguin to review. I received no compensation and the review is my own thoughts.


  1. I love this cover!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    tobihelton at gmail dot com

  2. After reading your review I want to read both of these! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the review. I'd like to win a copy of this book as a Christmas gift for my wife. When we used to live in Calgary (not too far from Seattle) we'd get big Spring blizzards every year. Very relatable.

  4. Sounds like a great book. I listened to the song that inspired the title...beautiful.

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  5. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. I can't wait to get my hands on this. I have read and LOVED Sarah's previous two books and have been anxious to get my hands on this one. Only one more week till it's released, woohoo! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy :)

  8. I have devoured all of Sarah's other books and have had this on hold at the library since August! I can't wait to read it!

  9. Such a HUGE fan of Sarah- very thrilled for this book (winner or not its on my list!!!) Thanks for the opportunity :-}

    1. oops- forgot....erin713 at gmail dot com :-}

  10. I can't wait to read this book! :) I love the title, cover, blurb and review. Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome read.

  11. I am so excited to read this book!

    -Jessica M

  12. I've wanted to read a Sarah Jio book, and love this chance.

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  13. I loved Sarah Jio's other novel. I like the title and plot of this one. It's always sad when children go missing.


  14. I've wanted to read a Sarah Jio novel since her first book. This book really appeals to me. I like the characters, a young mother, a journalist, the mystery of a missing child during a snowstorm long ago and the different time periods....this book sounds intriguing, rivetng and both heart-breaking and heart-mending.

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. thanks for the contest, i hadn't heard of this before.

  17. I love Sarah's books! I am so excited to read Blackberry Winter.

  18. Thank you for the giveaway. Brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

  19. I'm trying everywhere to win this one!! fingers crossed!

  20. The book sounds fascinating. I would like it if you can check out my book review blog. I am currently reading Bridge of Scarlet Leaves and I have reviewed a few Giffin books. How do I sign up to win?

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  21. I am sooo excited for this book. Makes me think of Letters from your Lover by Jojo Moyes and Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay with the past and present crossing paths.

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  22. So excited about this book! Thanks so much!

  23. This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  24. I keep reading good reviews about Sarah Jio's books. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win one of them.


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