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For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town, inhabiting the massive cottages along the towns best stretches of beachfront. But when rich Southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war starts between the two families that lasts for generations....

Edies youngest child, Lexi, should know better than to fall in love with a Moss, but at eighteen, she falls hard for Tuckers son, Hudson—only to find herself jilted when Hudson breaks off their engagement to marry the daughter of his father's business partner.

Thirteen years later, Lexi returns home after two years away studying architectural photography, just in time for yet another summer on the Cape. When Hudsons younger brother, Cooper, arrives unexpectedly to sell the seaside estate after the death of his father and hires Lexi to photograph it, an unlikely attraction forms, and Lexi finds herself torn once again between passion and family loyalty.

Then renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-five-year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing—and a startling truth that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.

 

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"Jio debuts with a pleasant if familiar story of a woman rebuilding after romantic and professional setbacks. A few years ago, Emily Wilson was a bestselling writer married to a loving and handsome man. Now her husband has ditched her and she's unable to string four words together. Looking for rejuvenation and inspiration, Emily leaves New York City for a month at her great-aunt Bee's Bainbridge Island home, but soon after she arrives, she discovers a mysterious diary from 1943 and becomes fascinated by the love story captured by the unknown diarist. Emily's attempts to ferret out the story behind the diary bring her into contact with the island's mildly colorful locals; as Emily enjoys a simmering romance with an artist, answers prove hard to come by, and even Bee is reluctant to share the truth. Though simple miscommunication and misunderstandings play lamentably important roles later on and the supporting cast is fairly vanilla, readers looking for an easy-to-digest story of starting over will enjoy the ever-determined Emily and the lovely setting. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattles Lake Union—home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959

 

Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessors fate, but little suspects that Pennys mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

Synopsis:

For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town, inhabiting the massive cottages along the towns best stretches of beachfront. But when rich Southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war starts between the two families that lasts for generations....

Edies youngest child, Lexi, should know better than to fall in love with a Moss, but at eighteen, she falls hard for Tuckers son, Hudson—only to find herself jilted when Hudson breaks off their engagement.

Eleven years later, Lexi returns home after two years away studying architectural photography, just in time for yet another summer on the Cape. When Hudsons younger brother, Cooper, arrives unexpectedly to sell the seaside estate after the death of his father and hires Lexi to photograph it, an unlikely attraction forms, and Lexi finds herself torn once again between passion and family loyalty.

Then renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-six-year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing—and a startling truth that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.

 

About the Author

Sarah Jio is a frequent contributor to major magazines, including Real Simple, Glamour, Cooking Light, and Redbook, and is also the health and fitness blogger for Glamour.com. She lives in Seattle with her family. The Violets of March is her first novel.

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The Book Goddess, February 13, 2012 (view all comments by The Book Goddess)
This book had all of the elements of an amazing book...richly drawn characters, a beautiful backdrop, an intertwined romance/mystery, complicated family relationships, self-discovery and the bringing together of the past and present. This story had many moving pieces, expertly woven together, to create a vivid, yet heartbreaking story. Living in the Northwest myself, I don't think this book would have affected me as much if it hadn't taken place in an an area I am familiar with. Though some may read this in a sitting and see nothing more than a light, romance. I think there was a deeper moral to the story regarding love and how one chooses to behave in a relationship. The instinct to lash out and cause pain when you are hurt is strong, but can and should be overcome, in order to move forward and find happiness. A stubborn nature typically leaves you alone in the end. I thought this story was tragic, yet beautfiul. The extreme happiness and pain experienced by all of the characters was powerfully written. I can't wait to read this author's next book.
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brklynreader, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by brklynreader)
Love story, history and mystery - this book has it all! Loved it
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SuzG, September 9, 2011 (view all comments by SuzG)
Not quite a perfect read but definitely a very good one I would describe as a combination of mystery, romance, ghost story and redemption tale. At times, I was disappointed because I felt as if Jio just told the reader something rather than showing it through dialogue and description. And the parallels between the present day characters and the past characters did not have to be so exactly mirrored. That aspect of the story felt forced to me. But I really like the ending! I thought she managed to give the reader a satisfying resolution but with a nice bit of mystery surrounding it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452297036
Author:
Jio, Sarah
Publisher:
Plume Books
Author:
Marks, Erika
Author:
Davis, Barbara
Subject:
Literature-Contemporary Women
Subject:
Suspense
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5.4 x 0.68 in 0.51 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jio debuts with a pleasant if familiar story of a woman rebuilding after romantic and professional setbacks. A few years ago, Emily Wilson was a bestselling writer married to a loving and handsome man. Now her husband has ditched her and she's unable to string four words together. Looking for rejuvenation and inspiration, Emily leaves New York City for a month at her great-aunt Bee's Bainbridge Island home, but soon after she arrives, she discovers a mysterious diary from 1943 and becomes fascinated by the love story captured by the unknown diarist. Emily's attempts to ferret out the story behind the diary bring her into contact with the island's mildly colorful locals; as Emily enjoys a simmering romance with an artist, answers prove hard to come by, and even Bee is reluctant to share the truth. Though simple miscommunication and misunderstandings play lamentably important roles later on and the supporting cast is fairly vanilla, readers looking for an easy-to-digest story of starting over will enjoy the ever-determined Emily and the lovely setting. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Jio imagines life on Boat Street, a floating community on Seattles Lake Union—home to people of artistic spirit who for decades protect the dark secret of one startling night in 1959

 

Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessors fate, but little suspects that Pennys mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

"Synopsis" by ,
For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town, inhabiting the massive cottages along the towns best stretches of beachfront. But when rich Southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war starts between the two families that lasts for generations....

Edies youngest child, Lexi, should know better than to fall in love with a Moss, but at eighteen, she falls hard for Tuckers son, Hudson—only to find herself jilted when Hudson breaks off their engagement.

Eleven years later, Lexi returns home after two years away studying architectural photography, just in time for yet another summer on the Cape. When Hudsons younger brother, Cooper, arrives unexpectedly to sell the seaside estate after the death of his father and hires Lexi to photograph it, an unlikely attraction forms, and Lexi finds herself torn once again between passion and family loyalty.

Then renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-six-year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing—and a startling truth that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.

 

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