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Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Post  WRB on Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:18 pm

Blackberry Winter is a late season cold snap just when the delicate white flowers are beginning to appear in the blackberry vines. An old legend says that blackberry vines choose special souls, protecting them by clinging to a headstone of a cemetery, almost embracing them.

Seattle - May 1933 - Vera May tucks her 3 year old son into bed before leaving him alone to go to work, as a maid, at a local hotel. When her evening shift ends she trudges through a heavy snowstorm to get back home where she finds her son has disappeared and his teddy bear lying in the snow.

Seattle, May 2010 - Another snowstorm occurs and Claire Aldridge, a reporter for a local Seattle newspaper, has been assigned to cover this Blackberry storm and becomes involved with the story of 1933 and wants very much to solve this mystery.

This is storytelling at its best as Sarah Jio effortlessly spins two stories together, separated by nearly a century. It is a story you'll not soon forget that combines a love story and mystery with a poignant ending that is beautifully written. I highly recommend - a favorite book of the year.

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